COVID-19 Won’t Lead to Higher-Ed Reform

People with face masks walk at Columbia University in New York City, March 9, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Conservatives who hope the pandemic will lead to much-needed ‘disruption’ in the American academy are likely to be disappointed.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ver the past two decades, dissatisfaction with American higher education has grown at a steady clip. The main two complaints are that it’s too expensive and too radicalized. But despite wide-ranging debate over reform, no one has devised a way to make the four-year college degree incidental to the attainment of middle-class status. The game seems rigged.

Many higher-ed observers, such as the late Clay Christensen, have welcomed the prospect of “disruption” in the industry for some time. Among conservatives such as Tucker Carlson, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised hopes that the moment for that disruption has at last arrived.

But there are

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