Class of 2030: The new generation of "challenger" universities

August 16, 2016

Which Universities Could Challenge the Elite by 2030?

Times Higher Education

  • The report Class of 2030: Which Universities Will Rise – And How Will They Do It? identifies the new generation of “challenger” universities that are quickly rising in world rankings and have an opportunity to become globally renowned in the next 10 to 20 years. These institutions are characterised by their balance of long-term vision with short-term execution of strategy; clear view of the changing world and their role in it; focus on innovation; and outward-looking and impact-focused nature.

How Colleges Prepare (or Don’t Prepare) Their Leaders Is Holding Back Innovation

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • At a time when higher education is under tremendous pressure to reinvent its financial model and remake its curriculum, who will — and perhaps more important, who can — run colleges and universities for this new era is a question increasingly being asked. Here are eight lessons about why it is so problematic to find the next generation of leadership, and by extension, why innovation so often gets stuck on campuses.

Above the Noise: The Higher Education Highway (Part 3)

The EvoLLLution

  • This is the final installment in a three-part series by Kenneth Hartman, Past President of Drexel University Online, exploring what it takes for an institution to reinvent itself for long-term stability in today’s postsecondary marketplace. In the last installment, Hartman discussed the importance of aligning programming to market need and demand. In this third installment, he will explore the third P in the 3Ps that make up “The Way”: Process.

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans

The New York Times

  • Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship. In collaboration with a charter school network, Facebook has developed a student-directed learning platform aimed at public schools. The Facebook-Summit learning management system puts students in charge of selecting their projects and setting their pace. The idea is to encourage students to develop skills, like resourcefulness and time management, that might help them succeed in college.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning


  • What does it mean to be human in a digital age? George Siemens is optimistic that technology can help people achieve a higher quality of life in a future where work is increasingly automated. But Siemens is worried that, rather than advancing our human potential, many edtech companies and universities are perpetuating the status quo. Instead, they should drive students to hone their uniquely human traits—the ones that will help them thrive in an increasingly automated world.

From Micromasters to Nanodegrees

University World News

  • While the traditional degree market remains solid, there should be no doubt that the future of higher education is likely to be more ‘unbundled’. To the extent that the traditional boundaries are blurring between professional development, occupational credentialing and formal higher education. Savvy colleges and universities are increasingly innovating with new academic credentialing constructs, from ‘stackable’ certificates to digital ‘badges’ and IT bootcamps that carry credit.

Shanghai Ranking: Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 Results Announced

Times Higher Education

  • The Shanghai Jiao Tong University ARWU league table has been published annually since 2013 by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy providing a different view of the best universities in the world. The 2016 Shanghai Ranking results confirm Harvard University as number one in the world, followed by Stanford University in the second place and Berkeley, Cambridge and the MIT in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Why Today's MOOCs Are Not Innovative

Campus Technology

  • Are the various calls for new methods of delivering educational content truly advocating reform; or are they just new ways of approaching old topics? That was the question posed by Stephen Downes at the Campus Technology conference in Boston. According to Downes, a real transformation will occur when our university system is structured around helping people accomplish the things that they're trying to do.

Four Ways that Artificial Intelligence Can Benefit Universities

Times Higher Education

  • There is no question that artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are entering the workplace in many graduate level jobs, and this trend is likely to continue and quicken. The implications and – most importantly – the potential benefits for education are significant. Perhaps the most relevant potential is that higher education is ideally placed to prepare students for the AI world.

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