New global higher ed books by key stakeholders

During the course of the last few days, we’ve been informed about two relevant books that are likely to be of interest to GlobalHigherEd readers. The titles and associated summaries are below, with links to the sources.

towercloudcoverKatz, Richard N. (ed.) (2008) The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, EDUCAUSE.

The emergence of the networked information economy is unleashing two powerful forces. On one hand, easy access to high-speed networks is empowering individuals. People can now discover and consume information resources and services globally from their homes. Further, new social computing approaches are inviting people to share in the creation and edification of information on the Internet. Empowerment of the individual—or consumerization—is reducing the individual’s reliance on traditional brick-and-mortar institutions in favor of new and emerging virtual ones. Second, ubiquitous access to high-speed networks along with network standards, open standards and content, and techniques for virtualizing hardware, software, and services is making it possible to leverage scale economies in unprecedented ways. What appears to be emerging is industrial-scale computing—a standardized infrastructure for delivering computing power, network bandwidth, data storage and protection, and services. Consumerization and industrialization beg the question “Is this the end of the middle?”; that is, what will be the role of “enterprise” IT in the future? Indeed, the bigger question is what will become of all of our intermediating institutions? This volume examines the impact of IT on higher education and on the IT organization in higher education.

Kelo, Maria (ed.) (2008) Beyond 2010. Priorities and challenges for higher education in the next decade, Lemmens.

The Academic Cooperation Association is delighted to announce its latest publication, Beyond 2010. Priorities and challenges for higher education in the next decade. The publication is a collection of articles by renowned experts in international higher education from Europe and beyond, including contributions by David Coyne, Sir Peter Scott, Ulrich Teichler, Neil Kemp, Jan Sadlak, Joselyne Gacel-Ávila, and Catharine Stimpson. The articles are based on papers prepared for the ACA Annual Conference 2008 in Tallinn.

As we know, 2010 is an important date on the European calendar. In education policy terms, it is a significant benchmark for both the Education and Training 2010 agenda and the higher education reforms related to the Bologna Process. However, we also know that many of the goals of these processes will not be wholly accomplished across Europe by the established timeframe, despite the ambitions and efforts. The book attempts to provide responses to the questions European higher education is currently facing: What current challenges will persist well into the next decade? Where is European higher education heading? What opportunities is it facing in an increasingly globalised World? The articles contained in the book will look closely at themes that will remain no doubt central to European higher education, including issues of student mobility, alternative delivery of international education, funding of higher education, and the impact of labour market changes on higher education.

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