Predicting the Future of Higher Education

The National Journal has posted an interesting article about what higher education will look like in the future. In short, they say it will be even more important than it is today for future job markets, and it will involve a heavy dose of technology. This comes from a panel of experts at the journal’s New Knowledge Economy policy summit that took place Wednesday.

By 2020, it’s expected that two thirds of all jobs in this country will require education beyond high school. That’s up from just a quarter of jobs 40 years ago.

Another prediction put forth was that the first two years of a four-year education will be based much more heavily on online instruction outside of class. When students do come to class, they may be expected to complete more team-based objectives, like they would in the working world.

Kevin Carey, the director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, says that online instruction is becoming a much more powerful and important in recent years. “Good online learning environments can be customized to you personally in a way that can actually rival or surpass what can happen in a traditional classroom.”

You can read the full article here for more information.

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