As the global pandemic continues to unfold, the question of what’s next for higher education remains on the minds of many. To address present concerns and the needs brought to light by such rapid change, the Milken Institute dedicated a session at its recent annual global conference to asking public and private college leaders about their top concerns and their strategies for addressing them.
In a session titled “Ten Years in Ten Months: Accelerating the disruption of higher education,” and hosted by Jeffrey Selingo, I joined University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, George Washington University President Thomas LeBlanc, and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell for a candid conversation about the challenges we have faced in 2020, what we have learned, and how our respective institutions are doing to continue fulfilling our mission and serving our students.
The lack of ubiquitous internet access on the national level, geographic and travel constraints, and the disparate impact of COVID-19 across student populations were all concerns, but from my perspective, the pandemic has magnified the disconnect between K-12 education and the capacity of higher education. It is critical that we find ways to project the knowledge core of our institutions via quality immersive environments to reach broad populations of learners. ASU Prep Digital and ASU For You are examples of our efforts to close this gap, but there is more to do. With the new knowledge gained this year, ASU will continue working to lead in this area.