A. Clayton Spencer, Bates College

Clayton SpencerTechnology is transforming education from the inside and the outside.  Some of the most powerful changes are occurring at the heart of scholarship and knowledge creation, and broad changes in the way society connects to information and knowledge have altered the frame through which the model of selective, place-based education is viewed.  Even as we in the liberal arts continue to celebrate the power of face-to-face interaction in the classroom and the solidarity of learning in community, our campuses have become fully hybrid worlds where students and faculty alike are never very far from their “devices.”  If success for colleges and universities was defined for the past 30 years as a niche competition based on wealth and prestige, in the next decades success will go to the institutions that engage most robustly and effectively with the forces that are reshaping our world.

A. Clayton Spencer, President, Bates College

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