New approaches to outdated strategies are necessary to move higher-ed into the future—and COVID-19 just might be the impetus institutions need for digital transformation.

Why COVID-19 should spur digital transformation in higher ed


New approaches to outdated strategies are necessary to move higher-ed into the future—and COVID-19 just might be the impetus institutions need

At the end of 2019, college presidents were asked what they saw as the greatest challenges for higher education in 2020 and the results are fascinating given the way the year has gone. Although none of the responders knew just how drastically 2020 would change higher education, their responses still reflect the most valid concerns in the industry – digital transformation.

It’s become clear that COVID-19 has effectively become the “tech tipping point” for higher education, and although the current educational landscape poses significant challenges, it also offers unparalleled opportunities to develop long-term digital transformation and new strategies in academia.

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The current educational landscape provides colleges and universities with the opportunity to evolve the traditional education model into one that not only addresses their short-terms needs for 2020, but also helps tackle the biggest challenges in education – including affordability, student-centric learning, and adult studies.

Making education more affordable

For many students, the cost of higher education prevents them from attending a traditional learning institution. With a world-wide closure of educational institutions, it’s time for college administrators to take a look at how eLearning programs can improve accessibility for more students.

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