23 June 2011

More For Less


"Thirty years from now the big university campuses will be relics. Universities won't survive. It's as large a change as when we first got the printed book. Do you realize that the cost of higher education has risen as fast as the cost of health care? . . . Such totally uncontrollable expenditures, without any visible improvement in either the content or the quality of education, means that the system is rapidly becoming untenable. Higher education is in deep crisis. . . . Already we are beginning to deliver more lectures and classes off campus via satellite or two-way video at a fraction of the cost. The college won't survive as a residential institution. Today's buildings are hopelessly unsuited and totally unneeded." (Robert Lenzner and Stephen S. Johnson, "Seeing things as they really are," Forbes, March 10, 1997)

2 comments:

Lindsay said...

How fascinating, and I was totally taken with this because I received my undergrad at a "large" university and my masters through an online cohort extension...one that met only a few times a year and during the summer. The latter was much more educational and worth my time in my opinion.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I don't think educators should feel threatened by this. It is just the further "democratization" of higher learning - more for the masses at a lower cost, thanks to the internet (technology).

One on one teaching/tutoring/mentoring will, in my opinion, always be part of the equation. But the options for being an autodidact are increasing literally by the day.

Now, if we could just spread wisdom as fast as we're spreading knowledge.