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President Davies and author David Staley will discuss the future of higher ed.

The future of higher education

Author David Staley and CMU President Bob Davies will discuss the need for innovation

Contact: Ari Harris


What will the universities of the future look like, and how will they serve their students?

Those are the questions Central Michigan University President Bob Davies will discuss with David Staley, author of "Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education," Monday, Nov. 18, in the Park Library's Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium.

Staley believes American higher education suffers from a lack of creativity and imagination. He warns that universities must move quickly to embrace new models of teaching and serving students. These themes align with the message Davies shared in his recent State of the University address.

"In my first year with CMU, I asked you to embrace transformational change. We operate differently today than we did at this time last year, and we're not done changing. Not even close," Davies said.

Explore the future of higher education. Attend the Critical Engagements discussion, "The Alternative University," at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Park Library's Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium.

Davies described the kind of university CMU could be in 2030 and outlined five strategic pathways the university must follow to remain relevant in the increasingly competitive higher education landscape.

"The institutions that will survive and thrive will be those that plan ahead, anticipate coming changes and respond quickly," he said.

Davies and Staley will reflect on current trends and discuss opportunities for innovation and transformation beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the President's and Provost's Fund for Program Innovation and Excellence and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences' Critical Engagements initiative.


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