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Lawrence Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and president of Harvard University, recently wrote an article explaining what it is that students will need to learn in coming years in order keep America strong.

According to his piece in the New York Times, there are six things that college students will work on in coming years. Here are the changes:

1. “Education will be more about how to process and use information and less about imparting it.”

2. Collaboration on work will become more common and more widely understood and valued.

3. “New technologies will profoundly alter the way knowledge is conveyed.” Basically, electronic textbooks will probably happen.

4. The institutions where students are enrolled will have to move beyond lectures and into “active learning classrooms” to promote “dynamic learning.”

5. The increasingly international flavor of people’s experiences means that education will have to become more “cosmopolitanism.” That should result in more experiences with foreign cultures and also, one hopes, more study of foreign languages.

6. Data analysis will become more important and a more crucial part of everyone’s education experience.

These predictions are a little hard to analyze. In part this has to do with the fact that some of these changes will happen automatically, or naturally, and others will have to be pushed by politicians in order to happen.

As Summers points out, universities change very, very slowly. Don’t expect to see rapid changes in the ways institutions operate any time soon. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer