If College Is A Business, How Can the Product Be Produced More Effectively?

I wish college were not a business with all that term implies about meshing with customer desires and cost minimization. But in the current climate for higher education in the U.S., almost all colleges now have their feet firmly planted in private sector language and motivation.

I had no idea how deeply I felt those views until I read an article in the September THE ATLANTIC about the Minerva Project. I think higher education has been so distorted and corrupted by private sector values and faculty careerism and ossification that dramatic change is necessary.

I doubt that such change will not come from inside higher education. Paradoxically, therefore, I found myself drawn to a decidedly private sector innovation– Minerva Colleges. Their pedagogy, curriculum, and degree of hierarchy seem to me vastly superior to what passes for education in contemporary colleges.

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