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Higher Ed’s Digital Future: Liberal-Arts Colleges

Liberal-arts colleges are contemplating their future as pandemic restrictions wane — how will those high-touch institutions take advantage of digital learning and related technologies?

While the colleges will probably continue to emphasize their residential campuses and in-person learning environments, what role does technology play in the classroom and in student services? What kind of experience do students now expect of them? Can they collaborate in a digital environment to enhance their campus offerings?

Join our coming virtual forum as the Chronicle assistant managing editor Ian Wilhelm moderates a discussion of the future of liberal-arts colleges, on June 21 at 2 p.m. ET.


  • Christopher J. Dowdy, chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs, Paul Quinn College
  • Jo Ellen Parker, senior vice president, Council of Independent Colleges
  • Morris Pelzel, department head, digital liberal-arts collaborative, and director of academic technology, Grinnell College
  • Ian Wilhelm, assistant managing editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education

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