GSE Publications

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2016

Publication Source

American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges

Start Page

432

Last Page

461

Abstract

No book designed to inform understanding of how higher education is influenced by and responds to societal changes, demands, and progress would be complete without a chapter on technology. Defined as "the application of scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life," technology is a fundamental element of any society.1 Technology is more than cutting-edge, advanced, "high-tech" innovations and is not limited to "technology sectors" like aerospace, nanotechnology, and robotics. Rather, the term "technology" refers to the tools that are available in the society in which we live and work, and that may be applied and leveraged to achieve various goals and purposes.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Copyright © 2016 Johns Hopkins University Press. This material first appeared in American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century. Bastedo, M.N., Altbach, P.G., & Gumport, P.J. (Eds.), pp. 432-461. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Date Posted: 06 November 2017