Gartner Research

The Future of Work Will Demand Changes to Higher Education

Published: 23 March 2018

ID: G00349433

Analyst(s): Terri-Lynn Thayer , Glenda Morgan


Change in the workplace will demand many changes in higher education, but two key trends are the shifts toward skill development and lifelong learning. CIOs must build the infrastructure to support these trends to prepare for the future of learning and remain relevant for the future of work.

Table Of Contents


  • The Shift Toward More-Practical and Skills-Based Training
    • Bringing Real-World Experiences Into Higher Education
    • Supporting Student Experience With Workplace-Relevant Tools, Work Methods and Environments
    • Challenges and Recommendations for the CIO in Supporting the Shift Toward More-Practical Skill-Based Training
  • Shift Toward Lifelong Learning
    • Smaller Credentials
    • Agile Curriculum
    • Partnerships With Industry
    • Just-in-Time Education
    • Improved Marketing and Recruiting of Students and Faculty
    • Challenges for CIOs Supporting the Shift Toward Lifelong Learning

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