The start of this academic year brings with it a slew of projections and trends for the future higher education—some for better, and some for worse. Here are a few of the most popular sources and stories for this upcoming year.
- According to the Horizon Report, students now expect to be able to work, learn and study wherever and whenever they want, which is made possible by the prevalence of wireless Internet access. The report also concludes that as the workplace becomes more collaborative, academic work is becoming more collaborative. Finally, the Horizon Report names two technologies that will have the strongest impact this academic year: electronic textbooks and mobile Internet access.
- The Pew Research Center recently released several reports regarding higher education. The first reevaluates the value of a college education in the United States. One example of their findings is that individuals with college degrees tend to value the college experience as a time of intellectual growth, while individuals without college degrees tend to value the college experience as a time for career preparation.
- The second report from the Pew Research Center analyzes the gender gap in higher education. In fact, more women than men are now earning college degrees.
- The third report from the Pew Research Center focuses on a hot topic: the digital world. Today, 77 percent of colleges offer online classes, and most college students have taken at least one course online.
- A friend of online classes—accelerated programs—are booming right now. According to Fox Business, accelerated programs are only 14 years old, but their growth is projected to continue this upcoming school year.
- Campus Technology, a publication focused on higher education and the emerging role of the Internet, is calling for a retreat from technology overload. According to this recent article, Internet use will dominate the classroom, but the “over-adoption” of the Internet will soon start to wane.
- These projections become more relevant in the wake of projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the 2008-2018 projections, employment in management, business and financial sectors is expected to increase 11 percent.