By 2020 what will change at Wake Forest?
- 10% international students (up from 4%) and 100% with some degree credits from international study (up from 40%).
- Smaller classes because our residential students will be, while living in the dorms, taking one or two courses virtually.
- All courses will be between 80% and 20% face-to-face, with the balance being virtual.
- Team research now common in the sciences will be the standard in all disciplines
- Addition of an engineering school will increase overall enrollment by 10%, with consequent changes in all aspects of the physical plant.
- Metadata will be used in curriculum building, institutional planning, fund raising, and marketing.
- "Textbooks" will be customized for each class, possibly with some customizations for each student. Wake Forest will "produce and sell" world-class components of some courses, and it will buy many course components.
- Clubs, interest groups, athletic teams, and many other special interest activity groups will expand (in the number of groups, number of members of each group, and the rate of participation by each member).
- Alumni will continue to be much more heavily involved with the college (e.g. as adjunct professors and as students in distance learning courses).
- All data will be organized around the individual, not the institution.
- Collaborative teaching and research, both within the university and among faculty at different universities will grow in significance by a factor of 10 or so.
- National proficiency tests will be available in many fields
- Wake Forest will have active, long term partnerships with 25 different corporations. University will have a "correspondent" relationship with many small liberal arts colleges.
- Medical School and other programs will be much more fully coordinated.
What will remain the same?
- Size of student body (with the exception of engineering growth)
- Liberal arts emphasis, and emphasis upon "the whole person"
- Commitment to advanced technology for the sake of better learning
- Athletic program
- Departmental "housing" of faculty
- Customized and personalized education
What do I hope to learn?
- Meet other people who are thoughtfully acting upon these issues
- Figure out "what’s next" after "ubiquitous computing" in the area of technology
- Identify gaps in my own strategic thinking