Is Higher Education in the Throws of an Existential Crisis?

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by Alison Snyder and Kim Hart “Universities were designed to last, not change.” Bridget Burns, executive director, the University Innovation Alliance U.S. colleges and universities — historically cornerstones of society — are wrestling with a wave of rapid changes coming at the U.S. The big picture: Higher education institutions — private, public, for-profit and not — are buckling in the face of demographic shifts, the arrival of automation, declining enrollment, political headwinds and faltering faith in the system. Today’s student isn’t necessarily the “first-time, full-time” one that higher education is currently constructed around, says Julie Peller of Higher Learning Advocates. Instead, 37% are over the age of 25, […]
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