I come at this from two viewpoints - a frustrated parent of two college students and as a person working in the for-profit university side of things. As a parent, this report is too late to help my daughters - but I can only hope that schools and politicians listen to the recommendations to help future parents. As a for-profit university leader, this is great news for those trying to disrupt the status quo.
The issues from the report -
- We cannot find the right people to fill jobs even though the country is facing its highest unemployment rates in a generation
- Higher ed - financial crisis, no focus on outcomes or graduation, not serving minorities, prestige focused on research, not educating students.
"Online learning appears to be this technology enabler for higher education"
Growth in online learning in higher education
- 2003: 10% of students
- 2008: 25% of students
- 2009: 30% of students
- 2014: 50% of students predicted by the authors
Take a look at the report - and let's hope this innovation gets even more disruptive for our higher education system!