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Designing The Future(s) of the University

Georgetown University has launched an integrative initiative that engages the whole Georgetown community in an exploration of issues facing higher education and actively experiments with new ways to deliver the education we value into the future.


Georgetown President John J. DeGioia answers a question posed by Georgetown Provost Robert Groves during a discussion at the "Designing the Future(s) of the University" launch event.

How could we design a university for the future that would have liberal education values at its center but be appropriate for the world of 2030 and beyond? What kind of student-centered university is possible right now that only we could create at this moment?

Rather than responding to potential disruptions facing higher education by trying to hold on to outdated practices, we believe Georgetown can make a distinctive contribution to this discourse by treating the question of our future as a design challenge.

As part of this initiative, the university will invite a diverse set of thought leaders to speak at Georgetown and engage the university community through dialogue and design workshops to look at innovation in teaching and learning.

The next speaker in the series will be Ted Mitchell, who will speak on March 3. He is CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund and recent nominee for under secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The event will be held in Lohrfink Auditorium and webcast live at 5 p.m. on March 3.

President John J. DeGioia and Provost Robert Groves kicked off the speakers series at an event on November 20. During the event, DeGioia and Groves shared their thoughts on the future of higher education. If you missed the event, watch the video of the entire event or read the text of DeGioia's remarks.

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