23 Jan GET SMART – TOP SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION TRENDS YOU SHOULD BE TRACKING
Alongside their vital mission of developing students through teaching and curriculum, the coming years will see K-12 learning institutions and higher ed administration profoundly transform security, connectivity, data privacy and hybrid learning modalities. Let’s review the top new trends that are driving change in colleges, university educational institutions and higher education providers across the board.
AI-Powered Campus Security Systems
Administrators increasingly invest in detection systems utilizing AI video analytics, natural language analysis of spoken threats and machine learning algorithms examining student writings to identify risks before violence manifests. Integrated mobile safety apps also enable frictionless reporting, geo-located incident responses and automated lockdowns if needed.
Ubiquitous 5G and Enhanced Analytics Enable Personalized Education
The acceleration of 5G, WiFi 6 and knitted edge sensory networks across campuses powers more robust blended learning prior to 2025. Real-time student- and instructor-facing analytics spanning engagement, comprehension and mental well-being data adapt in-person and digital experiences towards personalized pathways supporting all learning types.
Student Data Privacy Becomes Paramount, Spurring Trust
In 2024, passage of the Student Information Protection Act imposes severe penalties for breaches of personal data across platforms used in schools. Instituting minimally invasive collection and storage policies compliant with requisite consent processes to document learning interactions improves brand reputation and parent trust. Disclosure-by-design interfaces further transparency.
Hybrid Delivery Modes Allow Flexible Participation
The capabilities honed during the pandemic to equitably reach all learners wherever they are will stick around. Over 75% of districts operate permanent hybrid in-person and virtual blended classrooms come 2025, enabled seamlessly through upgraded web video platforms. School choice opens as geographic barriers loosen for specialized academic, vocational and extracurricular programs.
K-12 and higher ed leadership anticipating the opportunities around safety, connectivity, data ethics and flexible participation stand to make investments over 2024 and 2025 that pay dividends for communities many years to come.