Research & Data Services for Higher Education Information Technology: Past, Present, & Future
By Susan Grajek
Today, the purpose and value of higher education is under question and under transformation. A campus-based, full-time experience for 18- to 22-year-olds has given way to a much more diverse educational landscape and student demographic. What was once seen as requisite for completing the intellectual journey to maturity is now increasingly viewed as a necessity for employment and financial security. The value proposition is now more about economic security than self-actualization. But with rising costs and student debt (over two-thirds of college graduates are burdened with debt, whose average has risen to $24,000), and shifts in enrollment patterns, the public is questioning the affordability of a college education at the same moment a college degree has begun to be viewed as a necessity for job security.
- Reengineering Higher Education (hollymccracken.wordpress.com)