Laureate commissioned Zogby Analytics, a leading international opinion research firm, to survey students at 37 Laureate network institutions in 21 countries
John Zogby presents the findings of the 2014 Global University of the Future Student Survey
Laureate CEO Douglas Becker, John Zogby, Microsoft Chief Strategy Officer Mark Penn, and moderator Dr. Nicole Goldin of CSIS listen to recent UPC graduate Ana Loayza, as they discuss the results of Laureate Education and Zogby Analytics 2014 Global University of the Future Student Survey, the largest ever survey of global student attitudes.
Executive Summary Summary
In the interest of changing the debate about the future of higher education to include more students’ perspectives, we commissioned Zogby Analytics, a leading international opinion research firm, to survey students at 37 Laureate network institutions in 21 countries. More than 20,800 students responded to the survey, making it the largest international survey ever of student attitudes.
In the survey (executive summary, full report), students express the belief that the “university of the future” will be accessible, flexible, innovative and job-focused. Students foresee classes being offered at a variety of times throughout the day and year, courses being affordable and online, and learning being a lifelong process through degree and certificate programs that are geared to market needs.
Some of the specific findings of the survey include:
AccessibleNearly half (43 percent) of respondents believe that the university of the future will provide content online for free for most courses, and more than half (59 percent) believe that students will use social media platforms to learn and, in turn, teach other students. In addition, more than two-thirds (68 percent) believe that universities in the future will maintain free online libraries where students can access course materials, books and other reference tools.
FlexibleMost (52 percent) of the respondents believe that most courses will be offered at all times of the day or night, and 44 percent believe that most courses will be offered without fixed schedules to accommodate students who work or simply prefer learning at nontraditional times. Forty-one percent of the respondents believe future university students will be able to earn specialized certificates throughout their careers, allowing them to take courses at their own pace instead of concentrating academic careers into two- or four-year spans culminating in a degree.
InnovativeMore than half (54 percent) of the students predict that the university of the future will provide courses that are collaborations between students, with an emphasis on group projects. Additionally, 43 percent believe that students will be able to access personalized instruction or tutoring online, perhaps rendering the traditional classroom experience less important.
Job-FocusedThe respondents see the university of the future as clearly focused on producing graduates who are prepared to excel in jobs that are needed by industry and society. Sixty-one percent believe that most courses offered by future universities will be designed by industry experts, and 64 percent predict courses will be offered in multiple languages. More than 70 percent think career-oriented skills (not just subject matter) will be taught in future universities.
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