NAS study says IT will re-shape research universities
A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study
released recently says information technology (IT) is radically changing
research universities and will have a dramatic effect on how students
|Van Houweling, Duderstadt and Atkins. (Photo courtesy
of the U-M Washington, D.C., office)
The report, entitled "Preparing for the Revolution: Information
Technology and the Future of the Research University," was unveiled
Nov. 7 at a Washington, D.C., luncheon. There, former U-M President James
Duderstadt, along with Dan Atkins and Doug Van Houweling of the School
of Information, discussed its findings.
Duderstadt, who chaired the group that assembled the report, said the
study focuses on three themes: scenarios for IT policy in the future, the
implications for research universities, and the potential roles for government in protecting
the contributions of research universities to the national interest.
"One of the main forces will be students demanding new ways of
learning," Duderstadt said. He said the impact of the IT revolution will be "rapid,
profound and unpredictable," and said the pace of change will continue to accelerate.
Atkins, who chairs a National Science Foundation cyber infrastructure
task force, said sensor technology will revolutionize the collection of data. He
also said there will be new abilities to work in different times and places by
researchers. "We should consider that learning will be seen as a communal process,"
Van Houweling, who heads up Internet 2, said the full impact of IT "will
be felt when it affects how people learn together." He said technology
will re-structure how institutions deliver on their responsibilities, and he
added that students will demand that universities focus on this technology.
Information increasingly can be customized to meet students' learning
idiosyncrasies, which will require a "higher level of institutional thinking" about how to
meet those demands, he said.
Atkins added that one challenge will be to balance the needs for
university openness, while at the same time protecting copyright.
Duderstadt concluded by saying that the NAS discussion on IT and its
impact will continue. "The technology is changing so fast, it will be hard to write a
report that won't be obsolete by the time it is printed," he said.
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