Higher Education Futures Report now available

Contact: Dawn Mueller
ACRL
312-280-2516

dmueller@ala.org

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2006

Report on future of higher education now available

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), as a member of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA), recently participated in a survey conducted by CHEMA and the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied research (ECAR).

Twenty-two CHEMA member associations, including ACRL, jointly sponsored the project. The complete results of this survey, a report entitled
The Future of
Higher Education: A View from CHEMA, is available online in PDF format at:
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/APPA39a_ScreenOpt.pdf.

Through this survey, CHEMA wanted to identify the forces for change and to understand their potential implications for higher education over the next 10 years. The study also looked at how to prepare and manage change to shape the future of higher education. Three of the top four threats to higher education's success identified in the study relate directly to the financial health of the industry: 1) resistance to change; 2) lack of resources; 3) increased cost of education; and 4) decreased government funding.

CHEMA, an informal, voluntary assembly of 30 management-oriented higher education associations in the United States and Canada, periodically sponsors broad studies and analyses that are of interest to the memberships and it associations.

CHEMA is an organization of nonprofit associations representing the administrative functions of colleges and universities. By sharing information, comparing experiences, and working collectively on projects related to higher education, CHEMA members maximize their resources and create substantial benefits for the colleges and universities they represent.

The mission of ECAR is to foster better decision making by conducting and disseminating research and analysis about the role and implications of information technology in higher education. ECAR systematically addresses many of the challenges brought more sharply into focus by information technologies.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.