By Mary Landon Darden

In an international progressing with dizzying acceleration into the data Age, the gradual, measured method of the conventional collage can position administrator, college member, and scholar alike at a drawback. to maneuver into this courageous new international, the educational animal wishes instruments.

Beyond 2020: Envisioning the way forward for Universities in the United States is that software. larger schooling specialists in a bunch of fields venture into the long run and paint a transparent photo of the longer term college. approximately dozen students, together with James Duderstadt and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, give you the so much special highway map but to the perils and promise of the data Age―as it at once applies to academia.

This is a suite of refreshingly frank critiques and observations from forward-thinking specialists at the entrance traces with the easiest perspectives on tips to organize the healthiest attainable establishment of the following day. it really is anything resembling an educational prophesy, yet grounded within the services of a mixed numerous centuries' worthy of upper schooling adventure.

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Take, for example, opening institutions or developing partnerships in China. The Chinese minister of education is difficult to work with. The minister looks at which partnerships will be beneficial to them and the long-term health of Chinese universities. Our campuses are now looking more carefully at what is going to be beneficial to them. Some are even withdrawing from partnerships or closing campuses in China. It is advantageous to take the opportunities that make sense, sometimes even taking a little risk in that process, but it is important to be open to these opportunities.

The whole point is for presidents to believe in what they are doing, to do it with their heart and soul, and have a good time. It is important to recognize that this is supposed to be fun. Presidents have to love faculty. They’re not always loveable, but presidents have to love them, and likewise, students. Presidents must have some sense of the greater good, be somewhat self-sacrificing. They need a support group, whether it’s a spouse, friends, or somebody to pick them up, dust them off when they get knocked down, tell them they are terrific, and make them a bundt cake.

I like professors; I like learning. And I like young people. I think scholarship is important. So as I near the end of a career, it has been a life that was worth doing. There are other things I could have done, and maybe I would have felt good about those as well. I’ve often thought that it would be fun to be a real estate developer. At the end of the day, you see a building going up that people have the opportunity to live in, to work in, and that’s got to be very satisfying. But at universities, you get to do some of that, too.

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