ERIC Number: EJ745693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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A Tectonic Shift in Global Higher Education
Daniel, John; Kanwar, Asha; Uvalic-Trumbic, Stamenka
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v38 n4 p16-23 Jul-Aug 2006
Europeans lament that their universities are lagging behind those in the United States, while Americans worry that their academic leadership is threatened by complacency. Both groups, however, are missing the tectonic shift that will transform the map of higher education worldwide--the growth of universities in the developing world. Spreading connectivity, allied with the massive creation of educational resources based on open-source technology, may soon allow the radical reduction in costs necessary for higher education to serve the four billion people at the bottom of the world's economic pyramid. Enrollment growth is accelerating as more governments see the rapid expansion of higher education as a key element in their transition from developing to developed countries. This article discusses how this trend may effectively define the global profile of higher education in the 21st century. The authors predict that, seeing a massive market opening, for-profit institutions in the developed world will expand their cross-border provision of educational services, especially distance and e-learning. Establishing quality assurance mechanisms for such rapid expansion will be a major challenge for governments.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Development, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Proprietary Schools, Distance Education, Trend Analysis, Quality Control, Technology Integration, Global Approach, Student Costs, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States