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Jan 04 2011

2011 Forecast by NYIT Faculty Members

Old Westbury, N.Y. (Jan. 4, 2011) NYIT faculty members offer their new-year predictions for technology, health care opportunities, lower-cost college education, and jobs for innovative architects.

Social Media

Social media, specifically Facebook, will become the portal for most Internet applications including e-mail, newspapers, magazines, shopping, education, music, and television. A new site will attempt to compete in the social media space – geared toward connecting people through shopping habits and local shopping. However, it will be absorbed by Facebook. Facebook will go public.                
- Felisa Kaplan, Professor, Communication Arts, NYIT College of Arts and Sciences



The health care workforce will achieve center stage across New York State and the country in 2011, as the provisions of health care reform begin to roll out.  Buckle your seat belts, because there will be vigorous discussions addressing the unsolved dilemmas of numbers, roles, responsibilities, and distribution of health care professionals.  But, oh happy days, 2011 will be the landmark year for the ‘health care team’.
- Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., Vice President, Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at NYIT

As the number of Baby Boomers grows, so will the demand for health care. That means the number of doctors, nurses, and health professionals will increase, providing jobs for college graduates interested in everything from nursing to physical therapy. At the same time, health care will change, as it focuses on preventive care, requires today’s students to master several disciplines, and becomes more automated. 
- Patricia M. Chute, Ed.D., Dean, NYIT School of Health Professions


Multimedia enhanced e-books will change how teachers teach and students learn. E-books on readers such as the Kindle, Nook, and iPad will become even more popular on college campuses and in K-12 schools. These tools make it possible to deliver e-books that come alive with embedded audio and video that will greatly enhance education.
- Michael Uttendorfer, Ed.D., Dean, NYIT School of Education

College Admissions

A major market correction will occur in the college selection process. Students and families will move away from selecting colleges with “coffee table cache” and high sticker prices, and instead lean toward lesser-known schools offering high-quality education at a reasonable price. Focus will shift from the cost of higher education to the value of higher education. Families will emphasize reducing loan debt, earning impactful degrees that result in good jobs right after graduation, and learning about our “shrinking world” through an emphasis on global education.
- Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D., Vice President, Enrollment, Communications and Marketing at NYIT


For the first time ever, the gaming, virtual visualization, and augmented reality industries will provide a greater percentage increase in new jobs for young architecture graduates entering the profession than the construction industry. This development in 2011 will be the result of a spike in oil prices, a double-dip recession in construction, and a need for most businesses to drastically trim corporate facilities costs through the use of high-quality virtual collaboration spaces. Architects and game designers will be the primary designers of these sites; interaction will be enhanced through new advances in digital eyewear, head phones, and movement sensors.
- Frank Mruk, AIA, RIBA, Associate Dean, NYIT School of Architecture and Design


The focus on healthy food plans this year will be on how people eat rather than what people eat.  Ironclad calorie counts, points systems, and carbohydrate grams will get reduced attention as compared to ingestion speed, portion and plate size, and appropriate goal setting. Mindless eating will get more recognition as an integral culprit in the obesity epidemic.
- Mindy Haar, M.S., RD, CDN, Director, Clinical Nutrition at NYIT’s School of Health Professions

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