Eight thoughts on higher education in 2012

These days it’s perplexing and painful to think about the future of traditional universities. How do we know what’s coming and how quickly it will come? How can we properly prepare for change without sacrificing the university’s best traditions? Ask Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and Henry J. Eyring, advancement vice president at Brigham Young University-Idaho in an open letter to university administrators. In grappling with the uncertainty of the future, it helps to bear in mind four things that, in our heart of hearts, we really know: 1. Many of our current challenges are long-term and will, if anything, become more serious. These include the decline in federal and state support of higher education, the practical ceiling on tuition created by household income levels, and the advent of technology that fundamentally reshapes the teaching and learning processes…

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