If education is to change and shape the future, are traditional institutions equipped to create this new reality or does it call for much more innovative and dynamic thinking? As organisations, universities and colleges cannot escape the radical transformations in their landscape, they must evolve in fundamental ways if they are to respond to changing economic and technological circumstances and if they are to prepare a vast population of students-- traditional and non-traditional -- for success in the coming decades.
Such radical change calls for major innovation. But how will institutions grounded in tradition embrace such innovation? Where might that innovation lead? Amidst the innovation, how important will it be to protect the values our traditional institutions represent and the roles they perform?
Ben Wildavsky took the example of US colleges and universities (including community colleges), arguing that too many are not serving today's students well - and are unprepared for the demands of the future. He points to their lack of innovation and chronic resistance to change. Even as costs mount, along with demands for a more educated population, why is it that most institutions still operate as they did 50 years ago? He argues that many US universities and colleges will need to transform themselves to survive. Against this backdrop, a number of emerging models, whether driven by technology or by changing notions of how to serve students and measure their success, point the way to change. But will such reforms take hold? What will the future of education providers look like?