The future of higher education looks nothing like the present

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More and more students are attending two-year colleges instead of four-year schools. Within five years, minorities will make up more than half of the country's under-18 population. And, by 2020, two thirds of all jobs will require education beyond high school—up from roughly a quarter 40 years ago. There are major changes in store for the nation's higher-education system, and it needs to adjust accordingly.

Who students are, where they learn, and what they're taught are all on pace for—or in need of—major changes over the next decade, a panel of experts said Wednesday at the National Journal New Knowledge Economy policy summit.

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