There are two, divergent views on the impact COVID will have on higher education. The debate extends to most “new normals” today, but in education, it’s particularly polarizing.
On the one hand there’s the view that disruption was coming anyway, COVID just gave it the nudge it needed, and now let’s rethink the whole higher-education model. The other view, of course, is that this is temporary, that the global education dream will remain unchanged and things will return to normal sooner or later. The truth is probably somewhere in between.
Let’s look at both theories.
The one immediate, short-term impact is that many universities have moved their classes online with the aim of causing as little disruption of the students’ studies as possible. That, however, is the current impact. How will things pan out in the long term is really what much of the debate is about.