Demise of the University

“Perhaps the higher-education fuse is 25 years long, perhaps 40. But it ends someday, in our lifetimes. There’s still time for higher-education institutions to use technology to their advantage, to move to a more-sustainable cost structure, and to win customers with a combination of superior service and reasonable price.

“If they don’t, then someday, sooner than we think, we’re going to be reading about the demise of once-great universities — not in the newspaper, but in whatever comes next.”

Education Sector, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that “challenges conventional thinking in education policy” offered this intriguing perspective on the impact of the internet on the traditional university yesterday in “What Colleges Can Learn From Newspapers’ Decline”. Originally appearing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, it’s an excellent stimulant to reflection.

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