Abelard to Apple

Abelard to Apple

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The vast majority of American college students attend two thousand or so private and public institutions that might be described as the Middle -- reputable educational institutions, but not considered equal to the elite and entrenched upper echelon of the Ivy League and other prestigious schools. Richard DeMillo has a warning for these colleges and universities in the Middle: If you do not change, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization. In Abelard to Apple, DeMillo argues that these institutions, clinging precariously to a centuries-old model of higher education, are ignoring the social, historical, and economic forces at work in today's world. In the age of iTunes, open source software, and for-profit online universities, there are new rules for higher education.DeMillo, who has spent years in both academia andin industry, explains how higher education arrived at its current parlous state and offers a road map for the twenty-first century. He describes the evolving model for higher education, from European universities based on a medieval model to American land-grant colleges to Apple's iTunes U and MIT's OpenCourseWare. He offers ten rules to help colleges reinvent themselves (including qDon't romanticize your weaknessesq) and argues for a focus on teaching undergraduates. DeMillo's message -- for colleges and universities, students, alumni, parents, employers, and politicians--is that any college or university can change course if it defines a compelling value proposition (one not based in qinstitutional envyq of Harvard and Berkeley) and imagines an institution that delivers it.The Fate of American Colleges and Universities Richard A. DeMillo ... See also Academic freedom Teraflop, 75 Terman, Frederick, 82a€“83 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), 69 THE rankings, 35, 236 Thorne, Kip, 24 Threaded curriculum, ... 262 University of California, Merced, 262a€“263 University of California, San Diego, 72, 73, 262 University of Georgia ... 140 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 7, 68, 90 U.S. Department of Labor, 53, 161 USG, 17, 118a€“120 U.S. News andanbsp;...

Title:Abelard to Apple
Author:Richard A. DeMillo
Publisher:MIT Press - 2011-08-26


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