Welcome to the Forum

The Forum for the Future of Higher Education is a community of academic leaders and scholars from across the country who explore new thinking and ideas on higher education. The Forum facilitates shared inquiry and collaboration on issues likely to influence the future of higher education, primarily in economics and finance; learning science, including new learning media and technology and advances in the cognitive and neurosciences; the emerging workforce and workplace; and the role of the university in the global political economy. The Forum sponsors and creates research, presents scholarship at annual Aspen symposia, and disseminates findings throughout higher education. The Forum also collaborates with the Council on Foreign Relations to explore the globalization of knowledge and higher education, and with the Brookings Institution to examine the economics of learning and the relationship between the economy and higher education. Additionally, the Forum partners with WGBH Boston to develop dedicated programming on the future of higher education. The Forum is resident at MIT. Previously, the Forum has been resident at Yale, Stanford and Columbia universities.