The signs that major change is coming to those of us in higher education are all around us. Consider these developments:
- Government debt levels are so high that public funding that has been available to higher education for the past half century will diminish significantly or even end altogether
- Knowledge and information is accumulating more rapidly, requiring people to learn and develop almost constantly to remain relevant in the workforce
- For-profit education institutions are much more active in the education field - The University of Phoenix is a high profile example
- Online education has been growing more rapidly than traditional forms of education - MOOCs, such as Coursera, are the latest evolution in online education
Ironically, we are about to learn a whole lot about the higher learning industry in the coming years. In an effort to kick start the dialogue "the Globe and Mail will introduce Re:education [tomorrow], an ongoing series that explores the legacy of Canada's university system and identifies new opportunities to thrive in the 21st century. Re:education examines several threads of our current model from the evolution of the lecture hall to digital learning and the role of the private sector in overcoming financial strains. The series has been shaped with commentary and insights from industry influencers and thought leaders from Canada and abroad."
Check out more here: www.ourtimetolead.ca and be sure to join the discussion beginning tomorrow (Saturday, October 6).