THE AMERICAN INTEREST:

In fifty years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it.

The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.

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4 thoughts on “The End of the University as We Know It

  1. The end of the university as we know it does not in any way imply the end of the need to make connections bewtween thoughts and real world reality.
    Perhaps the new kind of teacher will provide a framework that promotes thinking circles and discussion that connects to everyday problems. Learning will take on a different meaning.

  2. In that respect, the future is already here. One problem I see with the massive on-line education is that the “teachers” will have to come from somewhere. If the present structure of the university, as a combined educational and research institution, disappears, the question is where will the high-level instructors come from.

  3. Powerful, indeed. I subscribe to it. On the other hand, that is why I have been a SOT student-member-follower for nerly 9 YEARS NOW.

  4. Original article was a fascinating read. MOOCs are indeed the future. The American Council on Education (ACE) announced on 13th November 2012 that it would access potential MOOCs.I reminded them a few weeks ago that SOT had been up and running as a MOOC since 1996 and was a model worth looking at.

    Here are some quotes from the Original Article that I found interesting.
    MIT “The Certificate of Completion requires a small fee”.
    MIT and Harvard “Certificate of Mastery”
    “Low cost online education”.
    “Credentiated open online education platform”.
    “The impact and exponential effects of such a system are
    mind-boggling”.

    Where will cutting edge research and innovation come from in the future? Will it grow out of the students of MOOCs? What will happen to what was once the realm of PhD Candidates? Do we still need Institutions – Universities as Centres of Pure and Applied Research?

    Maybe it will become the realm of Venture Capitalists. Maybe it will be a case of – “I don’t care what Degrees you have” – “i don’t care where you got your knowledge and know-how – Just show me what you have got and how you can change the World”.

    Has it ever been otherwise?

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