Replacing ye olde classroom

Future of the Learning Space: Breaking Out of the Box

Phillip D. Long and Stephen C. Ehrmann.

EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 4 (July/August 2005): 42–58.

“For many people, the public image of higher education is the classroom: faculty talking, with students intently listening and taking notes. Students’ progress toward a degree is measured by time spent in classrooms. The daily pulse of a college or university is largely dictated by the classroom schedule as bells ring and the halls fill with students and faculty rushing to the next class. Many educators, however, increasingly argue that such classrooms are largely ineffective as learning environments and that they should not continue to be built.1 But what should take their place? In considering the future of the learning space, we will discuss (1) a few of the reasons why traditional classrooms are inadequate and need to change, (2) some ideas that break with these traditions, and (3) suggested areas for the planning team to keep in mind so that the team can come up with ideas for future learning spaces that are pioneering rather than imitative.”

Accountability measures part of the strategic plan

Creating a University for the 21st Century: Strategic Plan
North Dakota University System. 2005

This document presents the strategic plan of the North Dakota University System, revised in November 2005, to develop a common vision and clear set of expectations for higher education in North Dakota. The strategic plan for the University System is directly linked to the Roundtable on Higher Education plan. This document presents the ten sections of the strategic plan, as follows: (1) Taking Action; (2) Process Used; (3) Results of External and Internal Environmental Scanning: A Look into the Future; (4) Expansion of Mission; (5) Vision; (6) Mission; (7) Beliefs and Core Values of the North Dakota University System; (8) Long-Range Goals of North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE); (9) Accountability Measures; and (10) Long-Term Finance Plan. An Appendix presents: Definitions and Considerations for Developing Vision and Mission Statements and Strategic Plans. This includes Background; Purpose; Overview of Strategic Planning; Conclusions from Literature Review; Other Considerations; and References.