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Paying for the degree

2009-09-25 20:36:49.813845+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

I'd love to find a transcript for this, because the talk isn't information dense enough to be a primary thing, it's more a "leave the audio running while you do something else", but there are a few good ideas in Dave Parry's The University and the Future of Knowledge lecture:

"Faced with the transformation of the digital, the newspaper industry chose to protect a business model instead of preserving their social function ... my fear is that the universities are making that same mistake."

Via Jo Guldi through Kaliya Hamlin.

[ related topics: New Economy Journalism and Media Education Economics ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-26 00:52:26.072491+00 by: meuon

"chose to protect a business model instead of preserving their social function"

Good quote. Sounds like the RIAA and every other entity I abhor.

Nancy and I just had dinner with some friends, 2 visiting from far away (Burners), that were having that issue, she's very well educated (liberal arts), and he's spent a few grand on some very niche training. Guess who's bringing home the bacon and travelling the globe as an expert. He is.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-28 15:46:47.256814+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've been thinking about this for a few days, and I find it interesting that he pitches the university's social function as validation of learning, when that's not how most schools pitch themselves to students: The "we teach you how to think" message is strong, which suggests to me that there's yet another disconnect between what colleges as institutions think their mission is, what their mission actually is, and how prospective employers and students view their function.

But I suppose that just amplifies his point: Schools have lost track of what they're doing, and the net has made that disconnect larger. Just like newspapers.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-28 18:16:33.601035+00 by: Shawn

my fear is that the universities are making that same mistake

As an employee at a 4-year college (which was a community college until recently), I can say that I've definitely seen this. I'm not sure that it's a recent development, though. I often get the impression that this is business as usual.