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ERIC Number: EJ1017905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-7249
Colleges in Crisis
Medlin, E. Lander
Facilities Manager, v29 n6 p10-11 Nov-Dec 2013
This article poses the daunting question, "Is College worth it?" " Measured in employability and salaries, employment for degreed graduates is down and student debt has surpassed a trillion dollars. Higher education does not seem to be faring any better than other sectors. Looking toward a prognosis for 2020, other factors that have thrown colleges into crisis include: (1) Student Demographics; (2) Competition; (3) Regulation, Compliance, and Sustainability; and (3) Technology. In an essay, "An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead," written for the Institute for Public Policy Research in March 2013, the authors questioned whether a university education will continue to be seen as good value. This was further elucidated by David Puttnam in a speech at MIT in June 2012, where he stated: "It's tragic because, by my reading, should we fail to radically change our approach to education, the same cohort we're attempting to 'protect' could find that their entire future is scuttled by our timidity." The certainties of the past are no longer certainties and hope is not a strategy. Some strategies identified by the Thought Leaders Symposium (TLS) participants for addressing these challenges include: (1) Focus; (2) Collaboration across, between institutions, and the private sector; (3) Technology, to further increase quality, improve delivery, and contain costs; and (4) Space Management, effective and efficient utilization. Not only were these challenges and strategies distilled in the most recent thought leaders monograph, the critical facilities issues were identified with key questions to promote dialogue at other institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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