How Will the Future Shake Out?

When people contemplate the future, they rarely do so with any balance. It is utopia or dystopia. So it is with higher education. Over the last few months, The Chronicle has gathered the thoughts of a broad cross section of higher-education experts on where they see academe in the year 2015. Optimists see the more than 4,200 colleges and universities in the United States as flexible enough to shift gears as student populations rise and then fall, and the economy grows and shrinks. Pessimists