On the Disruption of Higher Ed

in Noteworthy
February 8th, 2013

Yet another opinion on the disruption of higher ed.

Mostly, we’re doing the best we can. But our way of doing the best we can is to keep doing what we’ve always done, modifying it a bit with stuff we make up as we go along. Just like most people inside most institutions. Some years that works out fine, but we haven’t had so many of those years recently. The competition from upstart organizations will make things worse for many of us. After two decades of watching, though, I also know that that’s how these changes go. No industry has ever organized an orderly sharing of power with newcomers, no matter how interesting or valuable their ideas are, unless under mortal threat.

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