ERIC Number: ED453698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
The University of the Future. IHE Perspectives.
Structural and functional changes will be needed for the university of the future, and it is possible to predict in general terms some of these changes. A look at the history of the university and an examination of current trends suggests that the dominant feature of the future university will be that it will not be organized hierarchically as its predecessors were. The distinctive feature of the future university could be its concentric structure, a structure that could be based on the functional relatedness of broad but specialized fields of knowledge. Many changes will result from changes in precollege programs. The curriculum for elementary school might focus primarily on symbol systems and citizenship, while after elementary school students might enter an 8-year form of education in which they would focus on their culture and the careers open to citizens within that culture. Students might thus complete 16 years of education, receiving an associate degree at the end of that time, rather than a high school diploma. This would allow most entering freshmen to move immediately to more specialized work at the university level, with earlier specialization that still allows for interdisciplinary teaching and learning with an organization that would facilitate great variations in student programs. Lecturing would remain a recognizable style of teaching, but it would mostly be the province of master scholars, and many other forms of teaching would be used. Increasing uses of technology would foster the development of individual programs tailored to the interests of the individual student. (SLD)
Descriptors: Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Organizational Change, Prediction, Social Influences, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Inst. of Higher Education.
Note: Slightly edited version of a paper presented at the University of Georgia's Bicentennial Alumni Seminar (Athens, GA, February 15-17, 1985).