A page of notes from my Dexign the Future class. The drawings aren’t great, wasn’t a great day for drawing overall, but some of the things I took note of were fascinating.
Being in university myself, the most intriguing was the idea that 50% of universities will disappear within the next 50 years. That almost just sounds like crazy talk, until I realized that it’s not so crazy after all.
If you think about it, university is obnoxiously expensive now a days and most people just can’t afford it without taking massive amounts of loans. The worst part is that it’s still something that’s really expected of people who want to get good jobs and increase their income (in order to pay off those loans).
Because the current system of universities is broken, and the rise of online and dispersed learning is becoming more of a norm, it’s not too crazy to think that people 50 years from now will be educating themselves primarily through todays alternative methods.
This isn’t to say universities will disappear. Carnegie Mellon University (where I go) is preparing for this. They are currently operating and planning for a future where this is true and they are part of the 50% that are still around. What exact role will these universities play 50 years from now? There are tons of possibilities, but we do know that they will look very different from what we see today.