ERIC Number: ED230159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Higher Education.
The likely alternative futures that higher education may face in the next decade are discussed, and suggestions for developing a strategic planning capability in response are offered. It is argued that major demographic, economic, and political disruptions are likely in the 1980s. Demographic trends that will have a major impact on higher education include changes in the numbers and age mix of students, the geographic distribution of educational demand, and students' special needs. Shifts in American workplaces and communities created by breakthroughs in information technology will also alter the goals of students. The financing of higher education and demand for its services are intricately interconnected to the health of the national economy. Since the range of economic future for the next decade is large, careful planning is needed to prepare colleges and universities to meet the spectrum of potential challenges they face. Probable changes in cultural beliefs and values, the political mood that these will engender, and the implications of higher education will also be important factors to consider. Research studies are suggested that may be helpful, particularly if these projects are integrated into an overall planning and monitoring system for higher education. Author/SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Strategic Planning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).