Document Type



Business | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Education | Higher Education Administration | Slavic Languages and Societies | Sociology


Presented at the Government, Politics and Society: Challenges and Strategic Development Priorities Conference in Ekaterinburg, Russia. 2012.


In the world’s developed countries the tendency is to a decreasing or stagnant, aging population. Traditional higher education has occurred early in life with little retraining in adulthood. The current demographic and economic realities demand a change in the role of traditional higher education as it must be more flexible and portable. Higher education must play a central role in the lifelong learning process as new technologies become available. Changes will occur with or without the approval of the established higher education hierarchy as businesses and governments demand quicker, cheaper, and better delivery methods to the current system. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that the current higher education system must retool as well.