February 20, 2012 in Daily Bulletin
What would a future in which instead of going to a four year university, courses offered by various universities offered online are the norm? Megan McArdle speculated about some of the future implications for our society:
- A few big universities would dominate. The winners are likely to be the first-movers, such as MIT and Stanford, and perhaps a dark-horse that upends the contemporary model.
- The liberal arts degree would become increasingly unpopular. Grading math coursework online is a lot easier than grading English papers.
- The end of universities as research centers. In such a future academic would become a pass-time as it was in the past or it might become the field of think tanks, consultancies, and government research.
- Students will have to pay for their own PhDs.
- Civil society will have to take on the role of developing friendship and business networks. High school relationships might become more enduring.
- There will be a lot less student debt.
To read more about what such a future could bring, the industries that might grow, and whether or not this would be a good thing for society, click here.
Source: The Atlantic