Whither Higher Education?

Len Sherman, Jul 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Let's suppose, says Len Sherman, that "despite earlier flame-outs, this time is different and higher education will be disrupted as new technologies enable viable alternatives to the unsustainably high costs and declining value of traditional higher education formats." Then what? "Resistance from incumbent stakeholders will eventually be overcome by two large and powerful constituencies poorly served by today’s status quo: the 70% of US adults who do not have a college degree and the large number of employers challenged by a skills gap in the recruiting marketplace." Universities cannot respond simply by retrenching, concludes Sherman; they need to support those faculty members trying to extend their reach (and enhance their value) through the use of new technologies.

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