Disruptions in higher education revisited

18 months later, the vista of technology-facilitated potential is slouching toward a grim, Hobbesian reality.

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  1. The Humanities

  2. Maybe there is no need for humanities studies at all? The Alamo Colleges suggest an expedient alternative.
  3. Exciting EdTech

  4. Stanford University offered an online machine learning class in the 2010 Fall trimester, generating interest in online learning, especially via massive open online courses, known as MOOCs
  5. "As a Michigander, I am considered a troll because I live below the Mackinaw Bridge."
  6. The Association for Computing Machinery, the premier professional organization among computer scientists, featured several cautionary op-ed columns regarding the effectiveness of MOOCs and online learning for programming and other pedagogy.
  7. Money troubles

  8. Tuition - The second derivative of tuition price with respect to time for t = 1982 - 2007 is greater than CPI, energy and even healthcare, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  9. Faculty and staff wages did not keep pace.
  10. Tuition increased yet state spending on education, as a percentage of state revenue, decreased from 7.5% to 4.5% over the same 25 year interval (1982 - 2007).
  11. If state revenue had increased during the 25 year interval, state spending in dollar terms may have remained constant or even increased. On the other hand, if state revenue were declining, state appropriations to higher education in dollar value may have declined much more than 3%!
  12. Are institutes of higher learning spending tuition, endowment, state funds and other revenue prudently? Not always. Some made large expenditures on conference facilities, unnecessary new buildings, and other items that are only peripherally relevant to student education.
  13. The story of Cooper Union in New York City is especially tragic.
  14. Founder Peter Cooper deeded the land under what was to be the Chrysler building on E. 42nd Street in order to finance 100% of Cooper Union tuition, in perpetuity. For 150 years, the school's board guarded the founder's legacy. What circumstance occurred during the past two decades to break that trust, which had survived the American Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and double digit inflation in the early 1980's?
  15. Funding cuts in the U.K.

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