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Academia Next

The Futures of Higher Education

Bryan Alexander
with a new preface

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From the renowned futurist, a look at how current trends will transform American higher education over the next twenty years.

Winner of the Most Significant Futures Work by the Association of Professional Futrists, Silver Winner of Foreword INDIES Award - Education by the FOREWORD Reviews

The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation's colleges and universities. In Academia Next, futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses…

From the renowned futurist, a look at how current trends will transform American higher education over the next twenty years.

Winner of the Most Significant Futures Work by the Association of Professional Futrists, Silver Winner of Foreword INDIES Award - Education by the FOREWORD Reviews

The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation's colleges and universities. In Academia Next, futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses these evolving trends to better understand higher education's next generation.

Alexander first examines current economic, demographic, political, international, and policy developments as they relate to higher education. He also explores internal transformations within postsecondary institutions, including those related to enrollment, access, academic labor, alternative certification, sexual assault, and the changing library, paying particularly close attention to technological changes. Alexander then looks beyond these trends to offer a series of distinct scenarios and practical responses for institutions to consider when combating shrinking enrollments, reduced public support, and the proliferation of technological options.

Arguing that the forces he highlights are not speculative but are already in play, Alexander draws on a rich, extensive, and socially engaged body of research to best determine their likeliest outcomes. It is only by taking these trends seriously, he writes, that colleges and universities can improve their chances of survival and growth. An unusually multifaceted approach to American higher education that views institutions as complex organisms, Academia Next offers a fresh perspective on the emerging colleges and universities of today and tomorrow.

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An excellent resource for understanding trends in higher eduction and thinking about future scenarios related to these.

Academia Next provides a wealth of resources about current challenges and opportunities, highlights two methods (trend analysis and scenario development) that can be used to prepare colleges and universities for the future, and identifies possible challenges and opportunities they might face in the future.

Those who worry about the future of higher ed—and who among us is without worry?—would do well to put Academia Next on their reading list. The book provides academic readers with a set of tools from which to construct a set of scenarios, underpinned by trends, about the future of our schools and of our ecosystem. The book is certain to catalyze an informed and energetic conversation about the future of higher ed.

Academia Next helps us know how we can intervene in the emerging nature of higher education.

Every day, I am involved in a discussion about one or more issues affecting higher education. Academia Next does a great job of capturing many of those discussions into one book. If you are an administrator in higher education, I would encourage you to read this well-researched book.

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360
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9781421443263
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Trends
Chapter 1. Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear
Chapter 2. Catching the University in Midtransformation
Chapter 3. The New Age of Fewer Children and

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Trends
Chapter 1. Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear
Chapter 2. Catching the University in Midtransformation
Chapter 3. The New Age of Fewer Children and More Inequality
Chapter 4. The Marriage of Carbon and Silicon
Chapter 5. Beyond the Virtual Learning Environment
Chapter 6. Connecting the Dots: Metatrends
Part II. Scenarios
Chapter 7. Peak Higher Education
Chapter 8. Health Care Nation
Chapter 9. Open Education Triumphant
Chapter 10. Renaissance
Chapter 11. Augmented Campus
Chapter 12. Siri, Tutor Me
Chapter 13. Retro Campus
Part III. To the Future and the Present
Chapter 14. Beyond 2035
Chapter 15. Back to the Present
Notes
Index

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Bryan Alexander
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Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher. A senior scholar at Georgetown University, he is the author of The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media, second edition, and Gearing Up for Learning Beyond K–12.