In a world progressing with dizzying acceleration from the Machine Age to the Information Age, the slow, measured, even plodding approach of the traditional university can place administrator, faculty member, and student alike at a potentially fatal disadvantage.
To move into this brave new world, the academic animal needs additional tools – or weapons. What’s ahead? Forewarned, of course, is forearmed. Armed with knowledge, the future stands not as another barrier, but an unparalleled opportunity.
Co-published with the American Council on Education (ACE) and Rowman & Littlefield Publishers,
Beyond 2020: Envisioning the Future of Universities in America is that tool. Experts in a host of fields that directly and irrevocably impact academia will project into the future and paint a picture – as clearly as possible – of the future university. Together, nearly two dozen scholars including James Duderstadt and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, provide the most detailed roadmap yet to the perils and promise of the Information Age – as it directly applies to academia – 20 years hence.
This is a collection of refreshingly frank opinions and observations from forward-thinking experts on the front lines with the best views on how to prepare the healthiest possible institution of tomorrow. It is something akin to an academic prophesy.
Beyond 2020 … provide(s) valuable guidance for university leaders working to address challenges and seize the opportunities that will position their institutions for success in the 21st century.
— Lou Anna K. Simon, Ph.D., President, Michigan State University
Change is necessary and those who value our country’s future should make (Beyond 2020) must reading.
— Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, California State University
Beyond 2020 is a must-read for those who have an interest in education.
— Bernard Rapoport, Former Chair of the University of Texas System Board of Regents