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How to Redesign Higher Education for the 21st Century

Those in higher education need to “rethink everything for our era” asserts Distinguished Professor Cathy Davidson (The Graduate Center, CUNY), author of The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books, 2017). She writes that higher education in the 21st century is based largely on a model created in the 19th century that was revolutionary for its time, but inadequate for today. In what some have called a manifesto, she asserts that educators must prepare students to understand the world today in a far deeper and more complex way.

Davidson details the challenges to obtaining a college education, especially the rising costs and diminished contributions from state governments to state institutions and the economic burden shouldered by students. But she is most interested in presenting promising solutions for improving higher education.

She profiles professors, administrators, and students from CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College to Georgetown University, who are successfully designing new paths to learning in the 21st century, including learning that is active, student centered, integrative, immersive, and that creatively and effectively harnesses technology. To make real change in higher education, Davidson emphasizes, everyone has to be an activist.

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The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux
Basic Books, 2017

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