Global Education and Corporate Leaders Gather to Prepare for College 2025
Education, corporate and philanthropic leaders from around the world who met in Essex, NY at a two-day Summit believe that many colleges will be unrecognizable in another decade and that unless millions more low-income students attain college degrees we face a global economic crisis.
Participating in the
"Our outstanding participants included five lead speakers who framed the key issues surrounding college 2025. These speakers are futurists, experts in teaching and learning, recognized globally. We even had a 10-time Oscar winner," said Rick Dalton, president and CEO of College For Every Student, the organization that sponsored the
Emerging Technology Trends
Dr. Nicholas Haan, a futurist from
Haan provided examples of the technology trends that will affect education in the near future, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics as well as Digital Manufacturing. He urged attendees to view challenges as problems that can be solved. "We need to throw out our old thinking and prepare ourselves for a world that is collaborative, ongoing and personalized."
Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate, film producer, educationalist and Labour peer (
Revolutionizing The Engine of Education
Paul Reville, former Massachusetts Secretary of Education and current professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, said the "engine of education" should be re-configured, "We need to tackle the problem of differentiation, extend the entitlement of education and create a braided system that addresses - and includes - the challenges of social, physical and mental health services. A solution that focuses on instruction alone, simply will not work."
Cliona Hannon, Director of Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) at Trinity College Dublin, said, "We are talking about developing innovative opportunities for low-income students. We need the talent of all young people engaged in civic society."
The Recruiting Revolution
Dr. William Fitzsimmons,
From Harvard's continued work on strengthening their financial aid structure, to actively recruiting low-income students in cities across the country, to creating and implementing student support programs, Fitzsimmons concluded "we can't just bring students in and hope it works - it's imperative we provide substantial support throughout."
Professor Les Ebdon, Director of the Office of Fair Access in the
Solutions To the Challenges
Leaders of the
"We know the devastating price of inequality and we gathered to do something about it. There's a better world out there for our children. A college degree is still the best path to a world of opportunity," said Dalton of CFES.
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