For those of us who read the daily bible of higher education-that would be the Chronicle of Higher Education–reports of reform and change in higher education are nothing new. We have entered a new era of dramatic change and across the industry there is talk of throwing out the old business model and creating a new one.
What surprises me are the almost daily reports from the mainstream press about the revolution underway in higher education. The article linked below is not the first one Thomas Friedman has written in recent months on this subject and I’m sure there will be more. This is the guy who taught us how ” the world is flat” and his most influential columns on higher education reform will also have an impact on the conventional wisdom.
Friedman shows in his NY Times column today that employers and these open-source course developers are in the process of figuring out how to validate these courses and programs. Once that happens, you have to ask how we’re going to keep our students down on the farm or, more appropriately for higher education, how are we going to keep them on the campus and signed up as our students? What value will our degrees have once employers ask for and receive a Stanford certificate vouching for the course or program of the prospective employee? The answer: fight fire with fire. There is no reason why we cannot tailor our own traditional courses into online offerings that carry our brand and use our faculty who have reputations among our students and community as effective teachers and scholars.
Click to read article: Come the Revolution