If you’ve talked to me recently about Higher Education (or just education in general), you know where I stand with it. To boil it down into simple terms, I think colleges are going to be forced to change or they will be forced to not exist.
Of course, I’m not talking about the Harvard’s or the Stanford’s of the world. They’ll be around well after I’m gone. But smaller, less exclusive schools, I’m not so sure about.
I mean, look at the landscape of education right now. More and more classes are going online. More and more people are going to community college (1, because it’s cheaper and 2, because it costs less). There is more and more evidence that our education system is wrong for what we want to produce (we don’t want to be producing factory workers anymore and we are in grave danger of not having enough skilled labor to do the basic things that we rely on others for now).
I just read an article in The Chronicle about the coming personalization of education. But I think it’s going to be more than that. At some point in the very near future, the rising cost of college is going to become a big issue, or at least give people pause to think about other options. Many people say that a college degree is what a high school degree used to be. I tend to think that instead of everyone now needing PhD’s to get ahead, things are going to change (or, the US will stop producing things and our economy will go into the tank, but hey, we’ll have really educated people!).
I may be all gloom and doom for the “University”, but I feel that they better be nimble or risk becoming phased out.
What caused this reaction, and how I generally feel about higher education can be found from this Huffington Post article: Whither the University.