Higher Ed Monopoly Unraveling?

So suggests a New Republic piece, noting the recent Stanford AI initiative, MITx, Udacity, Straighterline, and the Khan Academy. Credentialing is a product that may best belong elsewhere, and that may change everything. I found this fact about educational stability to be an extraordinary fact:

The historic stability of higher education is remarkable. As former University of California President Clark Kerr once observed, the 85 human institutions that have survived in recognizable form for the last 500 years include the Catholic Church, a few Swiss cantons, the Parliaments of Iceland and the Isle of Man, and about 70 universities. The occasional small liberal arts school goes under, and many public universities are suffering budget cuts, but as a rule, colleges are forever.

But not for long – and maybe it’s time to adapt and rethink.

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