Why the University System, as We Know It, Won’t Last …. and What’s Coming Next

Dan Colman, Open Culture, May 14, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Dan Colman points to two trends that, to him, signal the end of the university system as we know it:

  • First, Silicon Valley is finally focusing on e-learning. Udacity, Coursera, Kahn Academy, EdX — they’re all looking to lift e-learning out of a long period of stagnation.
  • Second, paying for a college education is getting unsustainable - as noted by the New York Times this weekend and Planet Money in audio.

"And then," he writes, "you consider this. Many universities seem indifferent to the difficulties students face, if they’re not intentionally exacerbating the problem."

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