Food for Thought


Food for Thought - Student population to double worldwide

The global student  population is expected to double over the next thirteen years driven primarily by growth in developing markets like China and India. How is your institution preparing to compete for and serve the global student effectively?

Worldwide student numbers forecast to double by 2025
Source: University World News
Date: 2/19/12

The number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to more than dou...

Food for Thought - "Shattering barriers to education"

MIT recently announced its first free interactive,  fully-automated online course. As new models of instruction emerge and institutions looks for new ways to deliver education to more diverse student populations, what role will "instructor-less" courses play in achieving institutional goals?

MIT launches free online 'fully automated' course
Source: BBC
Date: 2/13/12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world's top-rated un...


Food for Thought - Entering the Era of Big Data

Higher education has been slow to take advantage of the promises of big data compared to other sectors. However, recent work funded by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation is starting to shed light on the realm of possibilities for applying data mining and analytical techniques to teaching and learning.  How does your institution leverage data to understand what works and doesn't work with students?

Big Data's Arrival

Source: Inside Highe...


Food for Thought - Race to the Top for Higher Ed

President Obama would like to create incentives for states to smooth the transition between K-12 and college education--a program to build upon his Race to the Top program for K-12.  How is your institution working with the K-12 sector to improve the transition between secondary and post-secondary school?

Obama Proposes New Race to Top Aimed at Higher Ed.
Source: Education Week
Date: 1/27/12
The White House wants another Race to the Top com...


Food for Thought - Renewed momentum for eTextbooks...

Although eTextbook adoption in higher education is slower that some might anticipate, growth is steady. A recent Pew Research report indicated the eReader ownership doubled this past holiday season.  Apple's recent announcement about its entry into digital textbooks and self-publishing and its goal to provide a "a new textbook experience" provides a new surge in momentum toward the mainstreaming of eTextbooks. What impact will broader adoption o...

Food for Thought - Managing Skyrocketing Student Need

The economic downturn will have a long-lasting impact on students and their families. As the economic recovery proceeds at a slow pace, students are needier than ever. In fact, the population of students with such dire financial need that the amount the federal government expect their families to pay is effectively zero is growing dramatically. What strategies are your institution using to address skyrocketing student financial need?



Food for Thought - Competing for the Global Student

Global demand for education continues to grow.  In rapidly developing markets like China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East, education systems can not keep pace with student demand.  In search of the best educational opportunities, students look well beyond domestic options.  Competition for these global and highly mobile students is increasing at an institutional level, but also at a national level.  To compete effectively, institutions...

Food for Thought - Increasing Urgency to Rein in Costs

The Department of Ed is hoping to start a national dialogue around rising costs in higher education. As
the sector comes under increasing pressure to control rising costs and reduce student debt, what strategies is your institution using to address this critical challenge?

Secretary of Education Calls for Urgency on College Costs
Source: The New York Times
Date: 11/29/11
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed a Las Vegas conference ...


Food for Thought - Online Education Growing at Rapid Pace

As the number of online courses and programs proliferate, student demand for online courses continues to grow. Keeping pace with demand and delivering online education cost effectively remain key challenges for institutions.  What strategies are your institution using to address these challenges and ensure the quality of your online education programs?

Online enrollment in US exceeds 6 million students
Source: Babson College News Release


Food for Thought - Imagining the University of the Future...

As forces like globalization and consumerization reshape the landscape of higher education, what will your institution look like in 10 years? 20 years?  What needs to happen on your campus to make that vision a reality?

Envisioning University Of Future, In Person Or Online
Source: The New York Times
Date: 10/23/11
Will the university of the future be bigger — or smaller? Are college campuses still cradles of revolt — or merely marginal spe...