Academia’s Day of Reckoning Draws Nearer
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “For all its flaws, our higher education system is indeed a core component of our society’s success.”

    While I agree higher education is a component of our culture’s success, the system is not, as higher education can be delivered online at a fraction of the cost, with economies of scale. I am reminded of the defense cuts around the bay area in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and all the bright minds that had to find new ways to make money. The result of course was Silicon Valley, and an explosion of entrepreneurial activity and technological innovation.

    Check this out:
    This came about from a computer course offered online by a Stanford professor, objections by the Stanford administration to credentialing the course completion by thousands of students from all over the world who had never been admitted to Stanford (completed all the expensive red tape blockades to getting an education), and that professor’s leaving Stanford to start an online University.

  • Corlyss

    “American schools “are in grave danger of not only losing their place of global leadership but of serious erosion in quality.”

    Welcome to the world of zero core cirriculum, fluff courses like black/women/latino/lgbt/minority studies, and endless paeans to the educational value of diversity.

    Bravo, Boomers! What else do you have in mind for the educational system?

  • Corlyss

    Hey, TAs behind the curtain!!!!!

    We need a thread on the massive Russian military move to station off Syria!

  • Kris

    “Does the quality and funding of a country’s universities directly correlate with its economic prosperity?”

    Perhaps not, but booming airports are critical for prosperous cities, and successful football programs are essential for quality universities.


  • teapartydoc

    Are universities even about learning any more?

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