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Humanistic Cultivation to Transform the Current Models into a New Era in Higher Education

The seventh set of articles from The Future of Universities Thoughtbook |North American Edition introduces CEO and Founder of, Burck Smith, The President of Southern New Hampshire University, Gregory W. Fowler, and Dean of University Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, University, James Hall.

In the article “Universities in the Future”, Burck Smith predicts that universities will need changing business models to remain competitive. These new models will introduce a reduction of price and risk and integrate an online education delivery and provide stackable credentials.

In his vision of the future, “Scaling an Undefined Landscape with Consumers as our Guide”, Gregory W. Fowler emphasizes that to transform and to thrive universities must embrace the consumer experience. He foresees changes such as the delivery of shorter and more relevant bursts of learning, the removal of learner barriers and transformation through collaboration.

In his article, “The Ghost in the Machine: Human Capital and the University of 2040”, James Hall, recommends institutions to reveal, activate, and cultivate the highest quality human interaction and insight. Prospering in 2040 will be those universities embracing this new enlightenment of developing humanist principles through engagement and interaction.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | North American Edition is a compilation of 40 visions written by North American experts detailing what universities will look like by 2040.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | North American Edition

The Thoughtbook artfully collates a group of 40 diverse voices and narratives while sketching out the future roles of universities, their relevance, and their evolving position within the broader ecosystem of knowledge and innovation production. They are divided into 5 thematic sections – Disrupting Education, Collision of Technology and Humanity, Socially Engaged University, University-Business Cooperation and Institutional Change. With different foci, each of them contributes to creating insightful for further dialogue on how universities would shape the future by 2040. In doing so, a wide palette of university future scenarios comes to light.

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