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9 Forces for Change in Higher Ed

Ken Steele returns for season 3 of “Ten with Ken”.

He has analyzed almost 7,000 data points over 20 years of trends and experiments, and consolidated them into a single graphic that sums up the whole spectrum of higher ed innovation. This week, we take a quick look at the 9 forces for change affecting colleges and universities worldwide. Politics, Funding, and declining Demographics are forcing institutions to adapt, and making them more alert to evolving needs and expectations among traditional students. Students are becoming more Digital, Social, and Anxious, and are particularly Careerist. Industry and employers are increasingly helping to shape programs, curriculum and credentials at colleges and universities alike. And to a lesser extent, breakthroughs of Science are starting to inform new approaches to teaching and learning on campus.


Clips this episode:

Simon Fraser University, “SFU Launches New Texting-Free Walking Zones”


SAIT Polytechnic, “Walk-a-bot”

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Malardalen University College, “Fighting Spirit”


Next week we look at the full spectrum of ways in which colleges and universities are innovating in response to these 9 forces for change. Subscribe now to be sure you don’t miss it, at



  1. Janet Sailian
    October 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Brilliant summary of the trends affecting us all in North American HE. Great job, Ken & staff! I look forward to the upcoming examples of innovations and future episodes of Ten with Ken.

    • October 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Janet! Hope to get the next episode edited between conferences this week… they’re more work than they appear!

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