The (Continual) Transformation of Higher Ed

By Clay Shirky

The coming transformations in American higher education

The coming transformations in American higher education

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Transformation of Higher Ed: Why hasn't online instruction lowered costs more? Will COVID change that?

At the beginning of this century, online education was a small but promising development. Though only about 6% of college students took any sort of online class at all, and only 1% of degrees were fully online, conditions seemed good for growth, and, if onlin…

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The (Continual) Transformation of Higher Ed: Links and Housekeeping

I thought about including links and housekeeping last week, like this was an actual newsletter, but 'long Usenet post' has been my writing style for 30 years, so I think essay issues will remain focused on a single argument.Meanwhile, this issue is only links…

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The (Continual) Transformation of Higher Ed: Winding Down

One curious aspect of academia as a business is that many people in academia don’t think of it as a business. Some of this stems from a sensible rejection of the profit motive in organizing our affairs -- we insist on the kinds of cross-subsidies that let som…

 
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The (Continual) Transformation of Higher Ed: Desperation is the mother of invention

Why is it so hard for universities to innovate? There are many answers to that question, but the most important one is that the premise is wrong.Universities are extraordinary sources of innovation and always have been. Starting with the interpretation and in…

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The (Continual) Transformation of Higher Ed - Introduction

I’m starting a newsletter about innovation in the institutional form of higher education. Every noun in that last sentence cuts my potential audience in half, but there you go; the heart wants (to write about) what the heart wants. In my case, that's the pecu…