How is higher education in United States going to look like a decade from now?

The educational system is going to face some radical changes as any other profit or non profit sector with this rapid collapsing of the global boundary would — what are the main issues that need the most attention?

I came across various articles while preparing this article that spoke about the demographic changes of future students, the transformation from a brick university to a click one, adapting more of a business model than of a public school and a shift in students’ mentality that might encourage them to obtain a degree in exchange of the price rather than real learning.

I also came across another article by Daniel Yankelovich which talked about some unique concerns about the future of American higher education.

Daniel Yankelovich is a well known social scientist, and founder and chairman of three organizations named Viewpoint Learning Inc., DYG. Inc and Public Agenda.

Apart from the issues I mentioned earlier Daniel Yankelovich referred to a few more; amongst which the most fascinating one was the eternal contradiction between the scientific ways of measuring and verifying truth and the “other ways of seeking it through dialogue.”

I find the argument extremely captivating as it carefully weighs both options without bias. Personally, I accept the hard facts as “truth” but at the same time cannot discard the concept of the so called “liberal arts, humanities, and philosophy” as a means to find a middle ground which is more engaging.

But, in reality, this segment of “semi concrete knowledge” is not considered as “marketable” as some other “hard skills” and is mostly judged as “fluff staff”.

This report says, 49% of Bachelor’s Degree were awarded in the field of business management, computer and information sciences, engineering and health sciences and communication, 2000.

What about 2007 then?

A country, regardless of developed, developing or in transition needs its citizens to be thoroughly prepared in these highly specialized area to move forward, but what about the broader spectrum that teaches one’s citizen to think, reason and communicate effectively?

Without this ability, do you really think a nation is prepared to face all the changes and challenges in the future?

How do you think the idea can be successfully incorporated?