1. Build adaptability into every aspect of your organization–we don’t know what the disruptions or transformations will be, so we have to build in adaptability
2. Create a “futurology” practice or program featuring scenario planning or “what if” sessions
3. Actively manage the health of the organization as disruption rolls through

Driver 3: Employment and income challenges

More and more students are experiencing increases in expenses and loan debt. With all the financial burdens students seem to face when they leave college, will students be willing to stay out of the workforce, and wage-earning opportunities, for 4-6 years to earn a degree?

1. Create more, and more graceful, entry and exit points for students
2. Leverage digital technologies to make sure students have the best and most efficient experience
3. Drive down administrative costs through automation, autonomous systems, etc.
4. Look for partnerships to offset student tuition

Driver 4: Higher education’s financial crisis

Some experts predict that more and more colleges will go bankrupt in the not-too-distant future. Many institutions are merging, reorganizing, or restructuring.

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The 4 main drivers behind #highered disruption

1. Automate everything possible to drive down costs
2. Look for merger opportunities to build your institution’s footprint or brand, and find efficiencies
3. Find alternative funding sources, such as partnerships, to offset tuition and list government revenue
4. Eliminate or collapse departments

What does a future higher-ed institution look like after disruption?

These institutions will use algorithms to match students with everything they possibly can, including courses, peer groups, co-curricular activities, advisers and mentors, transportation, and food, said Phelps.

They will provide multiple entry and exit points, and will match prospective students with their “best fit” experience.

Future institutions also will have strategic workforce development that helps guide roles and skills across the university.

“Innovation is constantly focused on the digital experience, on improved efficiency, and broadening the reach of the university,” Phelps said. “Reinvention and innovation will be core to the culture.”

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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