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Industry Vision: The Fluid University Will Succeed in the Digital Business Era

Published: 09 May 2016

ID: G00294487

Analyst(s): Terri-Lynn Thayer


Digital business will create new opportunities and threats for higher education. CIOs who promote and enable a fluid university will position their institutions to compete and succeed in the digital business era.

Table Of Contents


  • Digital Business Is Driving the Need for Industry Fluidity
  • SWOT Analysis of the Higher Education Industry in a Digital World
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Threats
    • Opportunities
  • Success Will Require Industry Fluidity
  • Industry Vision Examples
  • Capitalizing on a Trend: The Rise in Coding Boot Camps
    • Inspirational Example: Concordia University
    • Inspirational Example: University of New Haven
  • Solving a Problem: A Gap in the Talent Pipeline
    • Inspirational Example: University of New England
  • Problem/Trend — Education Is Too Expensive/Rise in Student Loan Debt
    • Digital Solution: Crowdfunding
    • Inspirational Example: SoFi
  • Recommendations for Creating a Fluid University

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