In Plain Talk about Learning and a Life–in Design by Sharon Poggenpohl, design is discussed in its entirety, from early years in education to undergrad vs. graduate education programs. Something I found interesting to contemplate is how graduate programs today "focus on the relationship of design and our world." The emphasis is no longer placed on the deliverables but rather the development of the information and the information itself.
There is also a discussion regarding how to communicate between cultures, especially in this day and age. To me, this speaks to designing with empathy and thinking about accessibility. Each culture is so different and if we are moving more towards using design to more effectively communicate among them, then we need to be cognizant of using design to its fullest potential and grow while we utilize "the base of visual skills that continue to be an important backbone of the practice of design."