“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
By Steven Mintz
Predictions about the future blanket the higher ed press. The post-pandemic future of higher ed will witness:
- The closure or merger of hundreds of small colleges and regional comprehensives.
- Greater stratification of institutions in terms of resources, breadth of programs, and student preparedness.
- The proliferation of faster, cheaper non-degree certificate and certification programs.
- The dominance of master’s programs by national name brand institutions
Which speculations will prove correct? Who knows?
History is contingent, and the outcome inevitably hinges on what Donald Rumsfeld called the known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns…
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