By Richard A. DeMillo
The majority of American students attend thousand or so inner most and public associations that will be defined because the Middle--reputable academic associations, yet now not thought of equivalent to the elite and entrenched top echelon of the Ivy League and different prestigious faculties. Richard DeMillo has a caution for those faculties and universities within the center: for those who don't swap, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization. In Abelard to Apple, DeMillo argues that those associations, clinging precariously to a centuries-old version of upper schooling, are ignoring the social, historic, and monetary forces at paintings in ultra-modern global. within the age of iTunes, open resource software program, and for-profit on-line universities, there are new principles for greater schooling. DeMillo, who has spent years in either academia andin undefined, explains how larger schooling arrived at its present parlous nation and gives a highway map for the twenty-first century. He describes the evolving version for better schooling, from eu universities dependent on a medieval version to American land-grant schools to Apple's iTunes U and MIT's OpenCourseWare. He deals ten ideas to aid schools reinvent themselves (including "Don't romanticize your weaknesses") and argues for a spotlight on instructing undergraduates. DeMillo's message--for faculties and universities, scholars, alumni, mom and dad, employers, and politicians--is that any university or college can switch direction if it defines a compelling price proposition (one no longer dependent in "institutional envy" of Harvard and Berkeley) and imagines an establishment that grants it.
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Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities by Richard A. DeMillo