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Colleges are upending majors

April 20th, 2019 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Princeton commencement, 1909. Photo: Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images In 1869, at Harvard, Charles Eliot invented the college major as we know it — each student would be channeled into a specialized area of study, and move on to a stable, lifelong job. The big picture: A century and a half later, American colleges pump out some […]

A movement to prepare students for the future of work

April 5th, 2019 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Details: Breaking with traditional schooling, these new models emphasize capabilities over knowledge — with extra weight on interpersonal skills that appear likely to become ever more valuable. In high schools across the U.S., a quiet movement is underway to better prepare students for a hazy new future of work in which graduates will vie for […]

A Harvard Professor Says Half of All Colleges Won’t Exist in 10 Years (and Why a New Model Might Provide a Better Path to Career Success)

March 23rd, 2019 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

  Sound far-fetched? Clayton Christensen’s argument is based on a premise familiar to successful entrepreneurs. Similar to the prediction made by Futurist Thomas Frey in 2013, many colleges will soon struggle to survive. If you’ve ever used the word disruption to refer to innovations that create new markets and displace long-established companies and products, you might […]

Does it even matter where you go to college? Here’s what the data says.

March 22nd, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Let’s not forget that billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates all dropped out of college. Does it matter where a person went to college? Well, it’s a complicated answer, depending on whom you ask. After Operation Varsity Blues ensnared 50 people in a college admissions scam, including famous actresses and heads of major […]

Awaiting the Advent of a Sleeping Giant in Edtech

March 15th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Online learning taught by robots could be widespread by 2030. Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it’s a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over […]

Five Scenarios for a techno apocalypse