ERIC Number: ED282602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Influences on Higher Education in the Knowable Future.
Lorenzo, Albert L.
An overview is provided of the future impacts on the the postsecondary educational delivery system triggered by projected changes in demographics, technology, the economy, and lifestyles. To help institutions prepare for and adapt to future changes, the paper presents the following projections: (1) postsecondary education will be evaluated more frequently in terms of its ability to provide marketable skills; (2) the demand for nontraditional learning will increase; (3) more courses will have to be offered at the times and locations preferred by students; (4) the average age of the postsecondary learner will increase, reducing student mobility; (5) new "education return" programs will be designed as fewer associate and bachelor degree programs will provide lifelong employment guarantees; (6) the value of liberal arts courses for workforce retention and advancement will be recognized; (7) students will seek course offerings based on institutional access and convenience, requiring a reduction in transfer barriers; (8) institutional costs will force colleges to narrow their focus and build new programs cooperatively; (9) diminishing student pools will lead to new courses to meet the short-term needs of the nontraditional college student; (10) institutions will emphasize image enhancement in order to increase the competitive opportunities of their graduates and secure greater public support; (11) employers will encourage more employees to undertake college-level work through tuition payment plans; (12) public pressure will force institutions to demonstrate program quality and relevance; (13) curriculum development and instructional delivery will require separate specializations; and (14) educational leadership systems will have to respond to organizational changes. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (67th, Dallas, TX, April 22-25, 1987).