“For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?” Article takes on the buzz about online higher ed

Article on Online Higher Ed

An article titled “For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?” which ran late last year in the Chronicle of Higher Education, is particularly relevant these days given the mania surrounding online higher ed.

It is worth a read.

One particular passage which addresses access and under-represented students states:

“The punditry around reinvention (including some in these pages) has trumpeted the arrival of MOOC’s, badges, ‘UnCollege,’ and so on as the beginning of a historic transformation. ‘College Is Dead. Long Live College!,’ declared a headline in Time’s ‘Reinventing College’ issue, in October, which pondered whether massive open online courses would ‘finally pop the tuition bubble.’ With the advent of MOOC’s, ‘we’re witnessing the end of higher education as we know it,’ pronounced Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, in The Boston Globe last month.

“Read beneath the headlines a bit. The pundits and disrupters, many of whom enjoyed liberal-arts educations at elite colleges, herald a revolution in higher education that is not for people like them or their children, but for others: less-wealthy, less-prepared students who are increasingly cut off from the dream of a traditional college education.”

Read the full article.