Online Learning Update

July 20, 2013

Changing job market could dramatically change education, panel says

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Emma Penrod, Deseret News

Economic and social forces have churned up a perfect storm for higher education. Consequently, the university of the future may bear little resemblance to education today, panelists told attendees at the New Knowledge Economy summit July 10. Education will need to adapt to meet the needs of a changing society, higher education experts from organizations such as the New America Foundation and California Competes told an audience at the Wednesday morning summit. Those needs include increased access to higher education (the number of jobs that require education beyond high school is expected to account for two-thirds of the job market by 2020) and greater flexibility to accommodate nontraditional students, who already account for 75 percent of today’s degree seekers. The future, they concluded, is online.

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