The End of Western Civilization as We Know It (cont’d)

This is now the sixth post in my extended reflection on how the free economy poses important challenges for American higher education. Thus far I’ve written a lot about the academic aspects of what free means for those of us in post-secondary education, so today I want to turn to the economic aspects of the […]

The End of Western Civilization as We Know It (cont’d)

Yesterday I suggested that we need to move to a competency-based approach to general education while providing the various introductory courses on our campuses for free to our students. What would that look like in reality? If we start thinking about the university (or college) as an aggregator and re-distributor of knowledge and skills (as […]

The End of Western Civilization as We Know It (cont’d)

Over the past few days I’ve been writing about what the free economy might mean for higher education in the United States. My main proposal is that we ought to start giving away the required courses in the general education curriculum. Here at George Mason that would mean 40 credits, or one-third of the credits […]

The End of Western Civilization as We Know It (cont’d)

In yesterday’s post I argued that it was time for American colleges and universities to take seriously the idea that we ought to start giving away our general education curriculum via various online content delivery systems. There are three principle objections I can think of to why giving away the general education curriculum is a […]