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  • The Evolving University: Disruptive Change and Institutional Innovation
    Keith R. Bujak, Paul M.A. Baker, and Rich DeMillo. C21U Paper #22012 (Feb. 2012).

    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 and speculates on potential structure and impact of 21st Century Universities, focusing on approaches, partnerships and technologies that will drive development of future venues for higher education. (PDF | DOC)

  • Development of Virtual Communities of Practice to Support Programmatic Efforts within University Systems
    Office of Educational Access and Success (OEAS), University System of Georgia (USG), Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U). Georgia Institute of Technology (Mar. 2012).

    As articulated by Etienne Wenger (1999) and other scholars, the ”community of practice” (CoP) represents a useful organizing concept for enhancing collaboration, sharing knowledge, and disseminating best practices among researchers and practitioners in postsecondary education. In this document, we outline the potential of developing online, virtual CoPs using Web-based tools such as Microsoft SharePoint. Technology alone is not sufficient, however, and our recommendations underscore the need for organizational support and individual participation. (PDFDOC)

  • A Review of State-Level Programs to Enhance Postsecondary STEM Education in the United States
    Office of Educational Access and Success (OEAS), University System of Georgia (USG), Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), and Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP). Georgia Institute of Technology (Mar. 2012).

    In recent years, states have implemented system-wide programs to enhance postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, including the University System of Georgia’s STEM Initiative. This paper presents the results of a review of the scholarly literature and a national Web survey undertaken to develop a catalogue of state level STEM enhancement programs, focused on program objectives, demographics, programmatic components, and outcomes. 42 states have developed such programs, 30 of which focus specifically on P-16 STEM education. (PDF | DOC)

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