5 ways COVID-19 will change higher education forever, and how colleges can adapt

The coronavirus pandemic is changing higher education. Campuses are closed, students are taking classes online, and the number of colleges announcing budget cuts and furloughs is growing. Students, faculty, staff, families and others are wondering what comes next.

It’s a transformative moment for higher education. But the trends driving the disruption are not new or unexpected.

Higher education has been going through a disruptive phase for at least the past decade, as highlighted by the steady drumbeat of commentary from Clay Christensen and others, who predicted that as many as half of all U.S. colleges and universities would close within the next 15 years.

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This IDC MarketScape covers major vendors participating in the worldwide enterprise legal management (ELM) software market. This vendor evaluation is based on a comprehensive criterion expected to be most conducive to success in providing enterprise legal management software via all deployment models in both the short term and t

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PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

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Procure IT Names Tech & Channel Marketing Veteran Brian Leonard as Chief Marketing Officer

Procure IT | January 05, 2024

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Ingram Micro Empowers Channel Partners to Innovate, Grow and Create More Value with AWS

Ingram Micro | December 12, 2023

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