In Focus | The Future of Higher Education

Bryan Alexander is a futurist in the world of higher education. And, if what he sees is accurate concerning the challenges facing universities today, we should all start being futurists as well. “In a sense, this is the best time in human history to be a learner,” says Alexander, Senior Scholar for Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. “But it’s one of the weirdest times to be a university.” That’s because, in the 21st century, everything is changing rapidly: technology, demographics, culture, politics, and the economics of running an educational institution.  Here, Alexander talks with Stephanie Kim, Ph.D., Faculty Director of Georgetown’s Master's in Higher Education Administration, about what it will take for higher education to thrive in the future.

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