Drew Faust, President, Harvard University writes for World Economic Forum, "Higher education is essential for a thriving society: it is the strongest, sturdiest ladder to increased socio-economic mobility and the locus, through research universities, of most of the major discoveries of the last two centuries.
At a time when access and affordability are more consequential than ever before, the world’s colleges and universities are facing a changed landscape. Three forces are creating possibilities and challenges that will define the future of one of humanity’s most enduring and most trusted institutions.
Researchers and scholars are sharing their discoveries more quickly and more effectively thanks to the digital universe, and the possibility of reaching learners around the world through online education platforms will expand the reach of higher education as we move deeper into the 21st century..."
Questions of assessment and scaling will be answered more easily thanks to unprecedented amounts of data related to how, when, and where people best learn, and those findings will shape how we think about teaching and learning—in the traditional classroom and elsewhere—for generations to come.