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The Impending Higher-Ed Revolution

On February 4, Canada’s major paper, the Globe and Mail, ran a piece by Margaret Wente: “We’re ripe for a great disruption in higher education.” I liked this line especially: “But the real disruption comes when you stop measuring academic accomplishment in terms of seat time and hours logged, and start measuring it by competency.”

Precisely. We blundered into the woefully inefficient idea that having college credentials was the best way for people to prove their trainability, and now we’re starting to abandon it in favor of more accurate and less costly alternatives.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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