Only Radical Thinking Will Make University Education AffordableThis week, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Steven G. Poskanzer and David R. Anderson, the presidents of Carleton College and St. Olaf College talked "about how these two colleges could work together more closely in areas like the library, the colleges' technology infrastructure, human resources and payroll, and, ultimately, their academic programs." And they did it.
New digital environment affects higher ed.
Mines the corporate model of collaborating to compete in business, indicating that the method might work to remedy the current crisis in higher education.
Notes that collaboration has not been attempted in higher education until recently and preliminary results show it beneficial. The underlying assumption is that current costs are prohibitive to masses of students who are unable financially to attend.
The concept of collaboration entails determining strengths and weaknesses in partner universities in order to share resources and improve the overall infrastructure and efficiency of both organizations. The universities can lower costs and increase enrollment with the added efficiency.
The California State University (CSU) system is currently working to consolidate resources in order to offer at low cost the many overlapping general courses that students are currently required to take. By making use of technology, which allows for massive open online courses (MOOCs), the objective is feasible.
Obstacles such as accreditation of MOOCs still impede, but they can be overcome if universities willl come on board.
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Source is HuffingtonPost.com
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