The Future of Teaching and Research in Universities: Global Transformations
Two decades of sociological research exists on these matters by this author and other scholars in The Almanac of Higher Education published during 1993-2004 by the National Education Association of the United States. Thus, this article will examine data sources from the National Center on Education Statistics, the National Science Foundation, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, the Office of Economic and Cooperative Development, the European Union, the United Nations, the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, the Library of Congress of the United States, and other venues to provide a scientific analysis of future trends or scenarios transforming research and teaching in universities. While ideas and evidence will center on conditions in the United States, international comparisons will be made wherever possible. In the same way that alert climatologists monitor climate change, sociologists must continuously investigate ‘academic climate change’ on a global scale.