Imagining the future of higher ed in Canada from administrator, faculty perspectives: Study

July 31, 2020

In this essay, George Velestsianos, Nicole Johnson, and Jeff Seaman provide “a snapshot of 273 faculty and administrator perspectives on whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of higher education over the next 2 years.” Overall, respondents reported to be slightly more optimistic than pessimistic over the future of higher ed; however, administrators are far more optimistic than faculty (55% vs 41%) and faculty are far more pessimistic than administrators (48% vs 22%) in terms of their perception of this future. Reasons for pessimism centered on the compounding financial challenges of higher ed, while reasons for optimism clustered around themes of higher ed’s role in times of crisis, how the pandemic provides an opportunity for positive change and the value of higher education. Academic Matters (National)