For those who’d like to investigate the dialogue in advance, we’ve gathered this initial collection of resources which represent a variety of opinions, perspectives, and concerns.  Please assume that they represent the views of their authors, and not of the conference team or the administration of the University of Windsor!  Contact us at if you have a resource you’d like to see added. 

Blogs and Online Panels
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). (2012).  The university commons:  A dialogue on the future of university education in Canada. Retrieved from

Anyangwe, E. (2012, August).  The university of 2020: Predicting the future of higher education. (chat panel transcript).  Retrieved from

Eve, M. (2013). Open access and the humanities: Reimagining our future.  Higher Education Network. Retrieved from

Lorimer, L. (2013, January).  Imagining the universities of the future. The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils’ Blog.  Retrieved from

Watters, A. (2013).  Hacking at education: TED, technology, entrepreneurship, uncollege, and the hole in the wall. Hack Education. Retrieved from


Boud, D. (2010).  Assessment 2020: Seven propositions for assessment reform in higher education.  Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from

Educause.  (2013).  Educause library: Future of higher education.  Retrieved from

Conway, M. (no date).  University futures.  Retrieved from

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (2012). Research. Retrieved from

University Alliance. (2012). University-vision: Starting a conversation about the future of our universities. Retrieved from


Kohler, D. (2012). What we’re learning from online education. TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. Retrieved from

Coleman, L. (2009).  Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent liberal arts education.  TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. Retrieved from

Cpnway, M. (2013).  University futures:  exploring the future of higher education and universities.  Retrieved from

Ericsson. (2012).  The future of learning: Networked society.  Retrieved from

Johnson, S. (2010).  Where good ideas come from. Retrieved from  (Note: This is a summary animation based on Johnson’s 2010 book, Where good ideas come from: The natural history of innovation)  

Lima, M. (2012).The power of networks.  RSA Animate. Retrieved from

Robinson,K. (2006). How schools kill creativity.  TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. Retrieved from

Robinson, K. (2010).  Changing education paradigms. RSA Animate. Retrieved from

University Alliance (2012). Launch of our scenarios animation: University vision: What is your vision for universities. Retrieved from

Research Reports and Journal Articles

Anderson, J., Boyles, J., & Rainie, L. (2012). The future of higher education.  Pew Internet and American Life Project. Retrieved from

Awbrey, S., & Scott D.K. (1994). Knowledge into wisdom: Unveiling inherent values and beliefs to construct a wise university.  To Improve the Academy. Oklahoma: New Forums Press. Retrieved from

Awbrey, S., & Scott, D.K. Creating integrative universities for the twenty-first century.  Retrieved from

Grist, M. (2012).  Future universities: Towards a genuinely sustainable system.  The Pearson Think Tank.  Retrieved from

Siemens, G. & Matheos, K. (2010) Systemic changes in higher education. In Education, 16(1). Retrieved from

Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Cummins, M., Estrada, V., Freeman, A. & Ludgate, H. (2013). NMC horizon report: 2013 higher education seres.  Austin (TX): The New Media Consortium.  Retrieved from

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Cadwalladr, C. (2012, November).  Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? The Observer. Retrieved from  

Carey, K. (2009). What colleges should learn from newspapers' decline. Retrieved from

Carey, K. (2012). The siege of academe.  Washington Montly, September/October 2012. Retrieved from

Daniel, J., Kanwar, A., & Uvalic-Trumbic, S. (2009). Breaking higher education's iron triangle: Access, cost, and quality. Retrieved from

Davidson, P. (2012).  University is still the surest path to prosperity.  The Globe and Mail.  Retrieved from

Millar, E.  (October 22, 2012).  Classroom of 2020: The future is very different than you think.  The Globe and Mail.  Retrieved from

Usher, A. (2009).  Back to the future: Imagining the future of Canadian post-secondary education.  University Affairs. Retrieved from

Position Papers and Communiqués

Bokor, J. (for Ernst and Young). (2012). University of the future: A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change.  Ernst and Young.  Australian Policy Online.  Retrieved from

Colleges Ontario (2012).  Empowering Ontario: Transforming higher education in the 21st century. Retrieved from

Duderstadt, J. (2008).  Engineering for a changing world: A roadmap to the future of engineering practice, research and education.  The Millennium Project, University of Michigan.  Retrieved from

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. (2012). The productivity of the Ontario postsecondary system preliminary report. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Retrieved from

Hudak, T. (2013) Paths to prosperity: Higher learning for better jobs.  On Ontario PC Caucus White Paper. The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
National Academic of Engineering.  (2004).  The engineer of 2020:  Visions of engineering in the new century.  The National Academies Press. Retrieved from

UNESCO (1996). Learning: The Treasure Within. Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century. Retrieved from

UNESCO (2009). World conference on higher education: The new dynamics of higher education and research for societal change and development. Retrieved from

Weingarten, H., & Deller, F. (2010). The benefits of greater differentiation of Ontario’s university sector. Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Retrieved from

Books (links are to ordering pages with summaries)

Archibald, R. & Feldman, D. (2010). Why does college cost so much?  Oxford University Press.  Retrieved from

Arum, R. (2011). Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 

Brint, S. (Ed.) (2002).  The future of the city of the intellect:  The changing American university.  Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Christensen, C., & Eyring, J. (2011). The innovative university: Changing the DNA of higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from

Clark,I., Moran, G., Skolnik, M., & Trick, D. (2009).  Academic transformation: The forces reshaping higher education in Ontario. Kingston (ON):  McGill-Queen’s University Press. Retrieved from

Darden, M.   (Ed.). (2009). Beyond 2020: Envisioning the future of universities in America.  Lanham (MD): Rowman and Littlefield in partnership with the American Council on Education.

Fullen, M., & Scott, G. (2009). Turnaround leadership for higher education. San Francisco: Jossey Bass
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Wildavsky, B. (2010). The great brain race: How global universities are reshaping the world.  Princeton (NJ):  Princeton University Press.