Education – it is something we take for granted. It is currently under debate (when is it not?), this time over the future of higher education. The internet has revolutionized education on campuses by allowing students to Google information and use online resources for the majority of their research. Now technology is threatening to revolutionize education off campus by allowing people from all across the globe to engage in online education through websites like Coursera and NovoEd. Courses are offered by partner institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Brown, Princeton, Northwestern – the list of respected institutions goes on.
So is this the end of higher education as we know it? I doubt it. And I am not the only one who believes higher education is just as strong as ever – a number of leaders of institutions across the country have spoken on the importance of physical colleges and universities. Back in January Janet Morgan Riggs, the president of Gettysburg College (my alma mater), wrote one of her many position pieces for the Huffington Post on just this topic. So, why all the debate? Continue reading