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Future of Parsons by Mind Map: Future of Parsons
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Future of Parsons

Aims of a high school

Provide (complex) knowledge on a specific speciality

Additionally provide a good general education in other (important) disciplines

Learn students how to learn and get new knowledge during their whole life

Build professional communities

Provide a physical social space for encounters & social learning

Provide physical & virtual infrastructures for teaching & learning

Prepare students to the professional world and a job

Evaluate & choose taught materials according to scientific criteria

Specific aims of a design high school

Educate designers in different traditional design disciplines

Industrial design

Product design

Graphic design

Digital design

Fashion design

UX design

Service design

etc

but also: educate design thinkers able to participate at a more strategic level of building many aspects of our future world as "design thinking" is becoming a new management paradigm

Teach common design stuff like design research, psychology, arts,...etc

Current & future socio-economic and cultural context

More & more alumni work in areas outside their original study discipline

Many people have high school diplomas and more & more will get one

Higher competition between students

Decreased value of a single diploma

Higher competition between High schools

Complex interconnected world

Need for multidisplinary educated students

Higher need for design thinking taught designers as they get needed in the business & public sector worlds at different levels (mainly because of their interdisciplinary & creative skills)

Exponential pace of evolution & new knowledge creation

The world faces complex multiple (also contradictory challenges) - existing & new - that never existed in that way before

Higher need for early practical experiences of students, Training periods, And multi channel collaboration, exchange & communication with professionals out there

Self-organization of existing and new communities of practice (possible because of the Internet revolution) & much higher pace of diverse knowledge creation, sharing and distribution

which also means self-organization of the learning process

new disciplines are quicker in producing & sharing theories, tools, methods and case studies than universities in adopting them on their programs (example: the UX design community), Designers seem to be me more at the forefront of the Internet revolution & more willing to collaborate & share information then the average professional community, In the near future there will be DIGITAL NATIVES only

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Knowing all this & more (like Parsons specific figures & metrics..etc), make a SWOT analysis of Parsons

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Use design thinking (and its methods) for developing the future model of Parsons based on all this knowledge & Parsons specific environmental parameters (including demographic, institutional, politcial, sociologcal, cultural...etc ones)