Technological advances and growing human-capital needs have put higher education innovation at the forefront of the US reform agenda. As student loan debt surpasses the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college graduates remains high, many observers believe that American higher education is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Will technological advances expand affordable access to college and provide new opportunities to improve student learning? What will these new developments mean for quality, equity, and university-based research?
In his new book “College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students,” Jeffrey Selingo, editor-at-large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken but technology can transform it for the better. While the impact remains to be seen, “College (Un)Bound” emphasizes that one thing is certain: the class of 2020 will have radically different college experiences than their parents had. Here is a provocative panel discussion on the future of higher education innovation.