Building Better Universities provides a wide-ranging summary and critical review of the increasing number of groundbreaking initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges around the world. It suggests that we have reached a key moment for the higher education sector in which the services, location, scale, ownership, and distinctiveness of education are being altered dramatically, whether universities and colleges want it or not. These shifts are affecting traditional assumptions about both the future ‘shape’ of higher education institutions, and the roles of—and relationships between—learners, teachers, researchers, managers, businesses, communities and other stakeholders.
Building Better Universities aims to bridge the gap between educational ideas about what the university is, or should be ‘for’, and its day-to-day practices and organisation. It roams across strategic, operational, and institutional issues; space planning and building design; and technological change, in order to bring together issues that are often dealt with separately. By analysing the many challenges faced by higher education in the contemporary period, and exploring the various ways universities and colleges are responding, this powerful book aims to support a ‘step-change’ in debates over the future of higher education, and to enable senior managers and faculty to develop more strategic and creative ways of enabling effective twenty-first-century learning in their own institutions.
"This book is an indispensable compendium of issues and information for confronting the challenges of higher education in the 21st century."
Barbara Tversky, Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia Teachers College, and Professor Emerita of Psychology, Stanford University, USA
"Building Better Universities addresses an uncertain and volatile global higher education environment, surveying the key educational, technological, and financial challenges confronting universities today. The author displays impressive critical thinking about the history and purpose of higher education, as well as knowledge of contemporary developments at campuses internationally as institutions pursue viable futures."
Professor Peter Jamieson, Strategic Adviser Learning Environment Design, The University of Melbourne, Australia
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Introduction: the shifting boundaries of higher education
Chapter 1: Re-shaping universities and colleges
Theme 1.1: Alternative universities?
Theme 1.2: Radical restructuring
Theme 1.3 Enhancing the student offer
Chapter 2: New patterns of public and private competition and collaboration
Theme 2.1: Hybrid non-profit and for-profit entities
Theme 2.2: Social enterprise and civic engagement
Theme 2.3: Widening participation
Theme 2.4: Improving student performance
Chapter 3: Responding to internationalization
Theme 3.1: International collaborations
Theme 3.2: International networks
Theme 3.3: Developing global citizens
Chapter 4: Changing learning spaces
Theme 4.1: Comprehensive campus re-design
Theme 4.2: Re-designing processes
Theme 4.3: Creating hybrid spaces
Chapter 5: Beyond virtual learning environments
Theme 5.1: The massification of eLearning
Theme 5.2: Seamless virtual and physical integration
Theme 5.3: Increasing digital literacy
Theme 5.4: Using big data
Theme 5.5: Open badging
Chapter 6: The implications of new technologies for learning
Theme 6.1: Changing learning and teaching methods?
Theme 6.2: Open sourcing and sharing
Theme 6.3: Embodied learning
Conclusion: Learning in a post-university world?