For Eduventures Summit 2019 â€“ and for the foreseeable future â€“ the theme will be Higher Ed Remastered. Why? Because this phrase captures what Summit aspires to be every year: insightful, compelling and relevant. Remastered occupies the creative space between continuity and change, staring down both reactionaries and revolutionaries. Higher education needs honest, open debate about a myriad of questions that will shape its future.
The search for a truly new higher education business model must grapple with product, time, cost, and structure and address these important questions:
Should most schools buy courses from the best rather than build their own?
Could the value of a bachelorâ€™s degree be packaged in 60 credits rather than 120?
Could life off-campus be a more stimulating and less expensive classroom?
Could judicious use of online learning focus pricey live interaction where it has most value?
Could study and work be integrated to boost employability, reduce tuition, and increase student earnings?
Should higher education be a series of micro credentials over decades rather than four years of full-time study after high school?