Opinion: Reimagining higher education really means ‘relate and revise’

Changes will be done by budget rather than by pedagogy, which may lead to accreditation, reputation and shared governance issues.

The term “reimagining” is being used to reconfigure practices and offset an anticipated $15 million shortfall by 2025 in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.

Reasons are many, involving stagnant state support of higher education coinciding with enrollment declines — not only in admissions, but also in tuition-generating foundation courses in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Small matters have accumulated impact. Such is the case with advanced placement courses, which high school students take rather than enroll in equivalent courses when they are at college.

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