As we gaze into the future, the direction of higher education is likely to be more about the whole produced by the sum of its parts. No one type of learning will predominate. It is likely, however, that higher education will move toward a blended platform.
If this hunch is correct, will higher education have the ethos, guiding principles, visionary leadership, programming, financing and assessment tools in place to keep up with the pace of accelerated change?
There may be a lesson from how New England –and especially the City of Boston –related to how the Boston Red Sox won the World Series last week. Like higher education, what one colleague calls the “Smith Brothers Cough Drops” brigade representing Boston didn’t have all the pieces fully fine-tuned and in place. And yet they won.
Fans liked what they saw in the Red Sox. Theirs was a storied franchise badly tarnished that had regained its sense of self. Each individual contributed differently while sharing a common purpose and focus – to imagine the possible. It worked.