Daphne Koller: What We’re Learning from Online Education
I mentioned this video in today’s State of the University address. I encourage you to take time to watch this video presentation featuring Daphne Koller. a professor at Stanford University and one of the founders of Coursera, an online education platform.
Click here to access video: “What We’re Learning from Online Education“
A Classic Case of Public Higher Education up against the Changing Educational Marketplace
Here’s the latest example of a public university’s governing board struggling with how to offer educational programming that meets the needs of students in our 21st century cyber world. Historically, the faculty have control of the curriculum, but it is becoming increasingly clear that new mechanisms of shared governance must be invented to assure that decisions are made in a timely fashion that respond to changing student demands and needs. Apparently, the University of Virginia President spent too much time justifying the status quo decision-making apparatus of the University and the Board sought new leadership with an urgency about how the University responds to its environment. Makes sense to me.
Click to read article: Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia
The Private Sector Makes a Significant Move Into Doctoral Education
John E. Roueche
What makes this move so newsworthy is the fact that the reputable University of Texas at Austin is the victim of this “desertion.” Here we have a veteran faculty member in the UT College of Education going over to the “dark side” with the usual and predictable mention of the inability of UT to respond to moves like this given the cutbacks in higher education budgets in Texas. Could it be that the “dark side” is the “enlightened side”, unencumbered by traditions of faculty and department control of curriculum that has been known to slow things up when universities are responding to rapid changes in the marketplace and community of ideas? Can we always assume that all of the obstacles preventing a fine university like the University of Texas from competing with the private sector is about a declining state appropriation.
I doubt it.
Click to read article: To Train Community-College Leaders, a For-Profit University Hires a Leader in the Field
Thomas Friedman–The Revolution Is Underway
Thomas L. Friedman
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. (more…)
Changing the Delivery Systems in Higher Education
For the last few years, it has become clear to me that the current model of teaching and learning at Boise State, or any other public university for that matter, is simply not sustainable into the future. It’s easy to show how the declining state appropriation cannot, dollar for dollar, be replaced by our annual feat of increasing tuition unless we want to close our doors to large numbers of students from underrepresented groups. There is even some evidence that students from the vast middle class are making decisions to pass on a college education. This may be the dreaded “higher education bubble” some have been predicting.
The next question is how does higher education deal with the fiscal realities of our future by changing the delivery model. Although no expert on the use of technology, I have read enough from the trailblazers to know that we have work to do in Idaho and here at Boise State if we intend to remain a comprehensive university with a strong undergraduate program and a robust graduate and research enterprise as well. (more…)