At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries

At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries


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“America is now an online nation, prepared and eager to adopt more and more virtual services that can improve lives, offer new convenience or bring economic value. These opportunities exist in education.  Articles and exposés talk about the soaring cost of postsecondary education, performance declines in elementary education, the need to retool the nation’s workers for next-generation jobs, and baby boomers’ desire to stay connected, engaged and involved post-retirement. All of these factors support the need for more, different and versatile forms of education. Likewise, this diverse set of community needs, already placing new demands on academic and public libraries, will only increase, while the budgets to support these needs will not.

How will shrinking budgets, mobile and Internet technology, and shifting consumer attitudes and needs spur on changes in education and library services?”

Great Expectations–Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey

The Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey

Accenture-2014-College-Graduates-Survey-smaller  “The research reveals that many companies are not providing the talent development and training programs expected by recent college graduates. The vast majority of students graduating from college in 2014 (80 percent) expect their first employers to provide them with a formal training program, however, 52 percent of students who graduated from college in the past two years say they did not receive training in their first job. The research also found that nearly half (46 percent) of those who graduated in 2012 and 2013 consider themselves underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, up from 41 percent of recent graduates participating in last year’s survey.

The research identifies several strategies for how employers can improve how they hire and develop entry-level talent coming out of college, something that is essential to maximizing the overall “talent supply chain”.

“The survey polled more than 2,000 students and compares the perceptions of the class of 2014 who are preparing to enter the job market, with the experiences of recent grads already in the working world. A similar study was conducted in 2013.”

Adopting new methods, responding to demands

Imagining the Internet.

“A majority of technology stakeholders polled in a Web-based survey anticipate that higher education in 2020 will be quite different from the way it is today. They said university-level education will adopt new methods of teaching and certification driven by opportunity, economic concerns and student and parent demands.”

Looking to the future; maintaining core values at Providence College

Strategic Plan 2011-2015 

Providence College, 2011

Our Vision

Providence College will be a nationally recognized, premier Catholic liberal arts institution of higher education that embodies the rich intellectual and spiritual tradition of the Dominican order, and whose students, transformed by wisdom and enabled by grace, lead lives of virtue, purpose, and meaning – lives that will transform society.
Built upon five core values,the Providence College strategic plan provides an ambitious framework for significant progress toward realizing the College’s vision as PC approaches its 2017 centennial.  The plan, approved by the College Board of Trustees in 2011, assigns strategies and metrics to each of those core values, resulting in a clear, concise and strategic document that will guide members of the PC community as they work toward achieving the College’s shared goals over the next few years.”

A view of the impact of emerging technology on higher education in the U.K. five years out

Technology Outlook: UK Tertiary Education 2011-2016

L. Johnson and S. Adams.              The New Media Consortium, 2011.

“The Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education 2011-2016 reflects a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the JISC Innovation Support Centres, CETIS and UKOLN.  The research underpinning the report makes use of the NMC’s Delphi-based process for bringing groups of experts to a consensus viewpoint, in this case around the impact of emerging technologies on teaching, learning, research or information management in UK tertiary education over the next five years. The same process underlies the NMC’s well-known Horizon Report series, which is the most visible product of an ongoing research effort begun nearly a decade ago to systematically identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on education around the globe.”