Industry Outlook Group Shot

(front row, left to right)
Joe Sopcich, Johnson County Community College
Steve Minnis, Benedictine College

David Cook, University of Kansas–Edwards Campus (sponsor and host)
Mark Allen, University of Missouri–Kansas City


(back row, left to right)

DenaSue Potestio, Emporia State University

Cynthia Heider, Missouri Western State University

Sue Maes, Kansas State University

Cheryl McConnell, Rockhurst University

Michael Shonrock, Emporia State University

Jerry Jorgensen, Park University

John Patterson, Pittsburg State University

Doug Dunham, Northwest Missouri State University

Cliff Davis, Ozarks Technical Community College

Hal Higdon, Ozarks Technical Community College

Marsha Haufler, University of Kansas

Mayor Mike Boehm, City of Lenexa

Marilu Goodyear, University of Kansas

Ron Trewyn, Kansas State University

Jake Mooney, Washington University

Nancy Russell, Metropolitan Community College

Michael Austin, Newman University

Stephen Waldron, Grantham University

Ruth Dyer, Kansas State University

Mannie Liscum, University of Missouri–Columbia

University Environment More Dynamic Than Ever

On a warm sunny July afternoon at the University of Kansas’ beautiful new Conference Center at its Edwards Campus in Overland Park, two dozen educators from across the bi-state area gathered to discuss the future of higher education.

Sponsoring the event was the University of Kansas–Edwards Campus, and ably chairing it was David Cook, the site’s new vice chancellor. This was the 14th annual education assembly in Ingram’s venerable Industry Outlook series.

In the 900 years since the first university was formed at Bologna, in 1088 there was arguably less change in the delivery of higher education than there has been in the past 25 years. Cheryl McConnell, dean of the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University, tracked those changes to technology, which she considers “the disruptive influence that has led us to understand the change that’s gone on in the economy and throughout higher education.”

“Technology has completely transformed what we mean by educational content,” affirmed Michael Austin, the provost and academic vice president at Newman University in Wichita, “what it is, how it’s delivered, who delivers it.” Our participants reflected on why these changes have been made and what changes might be expected in the next 25 years.



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