Richard Katz to Look at Future of Higher Ed in April 16 Library Dean's Lecture

On Tuesday, April 16, Richard Katz, author and editor of seven books and more than 80 articles and monographs on management and technology topics, will present a talk entitled "Higher Education at the Inflection Point: Toward edu@2025" in Knight Library's Browsing Room at 3 p.m. The talk is part of the Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries Distinguished Speaker Series and is free and open to the public.

Katz will discuss how the year 2013 may be remembered as the inflection point in higher education--a time when changes in regulation, the education marketplace, student preferences, globalization, technology, pedagogy, and economics conspired to disrupt higher ed. University leaders are witnessing the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs), $10,000 degrees, and more, in what has been described as either an education tsunami or the most important experiment in higher education since the invention of the textbook.

Governing bodies have grown restive recently, signaling their expectations of technologically mediated change. In other signs of change, small universities are using technology to extend the footprint of their institutions.

The questions facing today's leaders are basic ones: Whither higher education? And what is the best way forward? For practitioners, the question is: Which roles will prosper and which must change to ensure the continuity of higher education's mission and values under conditions of disruption?

Katz is the founder of Richard N. Katz & Associates, a consulting firm whose clients span all segments of U.S. higher education as well as globally ranked universities in Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, and Switzerland. 

He is also executive vice president of Nuventive, LLC, and has served on more than twenty higher education boards. He was vice president of EDUCAUSE for 14 years, was responsible for developing the first EDUCAUSE Conference and the EDUCAUSE Review, and established the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. He also served the University of California (UC) in management and planning positions for 14 years.

The Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries Distinguished Speaker Series provides an opportunity to consider major trends involving information technologies and their impact on teaching, learning, research, and the structure of the academy.

The event is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries, UO Information Services, and UO Academic Affairs.