There is a collapse of confidence under way in U.S. colleges and universities. It is a collapse that has been documented in what seems like a steady stream of recent reports and books, including my own. Amid the many dire warnings there is one bright thread: advances in information technology are often viewed as a pathway to rebuilding public confidence in higher education by reducing costs, expanding access, improving outcomes, and increasing financial transparency.
In recent years, states have implemented system-wide programs, including the University System of Georgia’s STEM Initiative, to enhance postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This paper presents the results of a review of the scholarly literature and a national Internet survey undertaken to develop a catalogue of state-level STEM enhancement programs, focused on program objectives, demographics, programmatic components, and outcomes. Forty-two states have developed such programs, thirty of which focus specifically on P-16 STEM education.
If current economic, social, and technological trends continue, it is increasingly likely that the typical “University” of the future will not look like the present day institutional arrangement. This paper explores disruptive forces impacting the delivery of post secondary education and speculates on potential structure and impact on 21st Century Universities, focusing on approaches, partnerships, and technologies that will drive development of future venues for higher education.