In the September issue of Fast Company, Editor Robert Safian posed challenging questions about the state of higher education, and the best model for the future. With the average annual cost of attending a private four-year college rising nearly 4% to US$ 32,307 this school year — the biggest increase since 2001 — academia could definitely benefit from Blue Ocean Strategy-based thinking and solutions.
In “Letter from the Editor: Lessons of the Edupunks” Mr. Safian poses the following questions:
If you were starting a system of higher education from scratch today, would you still choose a campus-based model that charges hundreds of thousands of dollars for a degree? Or might the efficiency of the Web inspire a model in which classes would be remotely delivered via Web streaming, discussion groups conducted over Facebook, and testing handled electronically?....
One possible remedy? Tune in tomorrow when we present Gabor’s response to Mr. Safian.
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