Looking to build the campus of tomorrow? 5 trends you should know — from ecampusnews.com by Laura Ascione
Today’s trends will bring about a new vision for the traditional college campus.
“Innovations in physical space must be made to accommodate demands for accessibility, flexibility and affordability,” according to The State of Higher Education in 2017, a report from professional services firm Grant Thornton.
Changes in infrastructure are being driven by a handful of trends, including:
- Digital technology is decoupling access to the classroom and information from any specific geographic location.
- Learning is becoming more “modular,” credentialing specific competencies, such as certificates and badges,, rather than the model of four years to a degree via fixed-class schedules. This requires a less broad range of academic buildings on campus.
- Students will engage with their coursework at their own time and pace, as they do in every other aspect of their lives.
- Price pressure on colleges will create incentives for cost efficiencies, discouraging the fixed-cost commitment embodied in physical structures.
- Deferred maintenance is a problem so large that it can’t be solved by most colleges within their available resources; the result may be reducing the physical plant footprint or just letting it deteriorate further.
These developments will prompt physical space transformation that will lead to a new kind of campus.
The State of Higher Education in 2017 — from grantthornton.com
- Time-Traveling to Higher Education 2050
- Transforming Business Models in Response to Market Shifts
- Moving Beyond ERM Theory to Real-World Implementation
- Foreseeing Legislative Changes Affecting Accessibility and Endowments
- Building the Campus of Tomorrow
- Taking Steps Toward an ERP System Change
- Implementing Cost/Revenue Modeling for Meaningful Decision-Making
- Attracting, Retaining and Gaining the Most from Millennials
- Learning from Closures: 8 Lessons for Your Institution’s Future
- Planning Ahead for Deferred Campus Maintenance
- Aligning Education to Health Care Change and Innovation
Innovative thinking will be vital to successfully moving into the future.