The Future of University Continuing Education: The 60 Year Curriculum and What It Means for Higher Education

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 766/768 Conference Room

 Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., Dean, Continuing Education / Vice Provost, Career Pathways, University of California, Irvine

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Martin Trow’s 1973 description of what he called universal higher education remains a startlingly accurate prediction of the continuing evolution of universities and their relationship to society. Among Trow’s predictions were the merging of life and learning, the proliferation of education providers, the increased use of technology, and the steady shift of the control over what is taught and what is learned from the institution to the learner. University continuing education (CE) often leads the institutional response to the shifts brought about by the progress of universal higher education. For instance, on most campuses, CE is the primary responder to the growing demands that universities be involved in the “60-year curriculum.” This presentation will describe how CE units across the country, and particular at UC, are engaged in helping their institutions respond to the growing demands for accountability and for what happens to students after graduation. It will also explain how digital credentials are becoming an imperative for higher education institutions and what this means for the relationship between universities and their graduates.

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