The Future of Higher Education Explored at Event
NEW YORK, October 26, 2010 –

In a rapidly changing educational environment, how can institutions of higher learning remain viable and faculty members continue to be productive? Mark Taylor, chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University, will discuss the ideas set forth in his recent book Crisis on Campus on Tuesday, November 9, 12:30 PM, at Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus. Lydia Liu, W. T. Tam Professor in the Humanities, will respond. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Taylor argues that higher education is facing a financial, curricular, and institutional crisis that will transform teaching, research, and publication. He predicts that new economies of scale will become necessary, so-called traditional students and place-based education will decrease in importance, tenure will continue to erode, and traditional monograph and journal publication will decline in importance. Colleges and universities will have to devise new strategies for cooperation with each other as well as with the growing for-profit sector.

Taylor has written on topics ranging from philosophy, religion, literature, art and architecture to education, media, science, technology, and economics. His many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Foundation National Professor of the Year award. His most recent book, Crisis on Campus, was released in September 2010. He is a contributor to the New York Times and other periodicals and is the co-founder of the company Global Education Network.

Co-sponsored by the Scholarly Communication Program and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, this event is free and open to the public. It is the third of six events this academic year in a speaker series organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at Video will be distributed through the Program's website and Columbia University's iTunesU page, as well as on YouTube. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at, or visit

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:  

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia University is one of the country's oldest and most distinguished graduate schools. The GSAS seeks excellence in the training of graduate students for careers in and outside academia. It promotes the integration of graduate students into the research and educational enterprises of Columbia, oversees the quality of graduate education in the Arts and Sciences, and nurtures the diversity and intellectual collegiality of its programs.

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