Saturday, March 26, 2011

The future of higher ed?

As I an others have predicted, the online university will ultimately replace most brick and mortar institutions. Consistent with other trends, the quality of education for most students will decline.


  1. "Replace most" is a stretch . . . I think that onlines appeal to students who fear intellectual competition and public forum. Leadership does not belong to that segment. I think hiring will continue to favor more traditional graduates and that those individuals will be more likely to have motivational and team skills.

  2. I agree the pursuit of higher education is a multi-dimensional affair. A live interactive forum provides qualitative benefits that glass classrooms cannot fully replicate. Reminds me of piloting an aircraft. Ground PC simulators have their place. What’s lost is the experience of actual flight.

  3. 44 & Ridgway:
    Thanks for the comments. I agree that employers will favor the traditional university. Many employers will come to realize that many online programs are diploma mills. As for "replace most" only time will tell.