The modern model of the university has been largely unchanged for over a century: comprised of disciplines associated with departments and schools, teaching in lecture halls and accreditation by degree. Rapidly advancing computer technologies, informative large data sets, surprising insights from educational research, and new economic realities are forcing us to rethink the standard model. The practical call for true interdisciplinary work to meet pressing societal challenges, combined with deep structural impediments to building partnerships that span the public and private domains, are accelerating the call for change.
Krakauer will discuss a few earlier attempts to address these challenges, and then focus on the work of The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a laboratory for exploring the future of research and education within the ecosystem of a large research university.
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