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Together, the changes to course structure, pedagogy, and student and employer expectations will necessitate a change to the culture of the institution as well as its technologies. We see four broad archetypes of student-centric universities emerging.


  • There is likely to be significant diversity in university mission and execution across the future higher education landscape.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses four different archetypes of institutions, created in response to changing student expectations and employer demands
  • Analyzes the ways in which new technologies can enhance the student experience

Key questions answered

  • How can institutions differentiate themselves from others?
  • How can institutions derive the most value out of working with strategic partners?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for institutions

Putting the student at the center will transform universities

  • Drivers of change

Four future university archetypes

  • Two dynamics that could drive the shape of future universities
  • The two key dynamics combine to compel universities to differentiate
  • All can be excellent; none is necessarily best

Achieving student centricity will require better technology and data-driven insights

  • Small, smart steps can deliver big changes


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author