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MOOCs Don’t Matter Here

Much of the coming innovation in higher education will occur through re-thinking current teaching practices, not simply through use of online technology. George Leef wrote yesterday about a new branch of the University of Minnesota whose leadership is rewriting old rules.

Some of the changes at the University of Minnesota Rochester: There’s only one degree, a bachelor’s in health sciences. Tenure requires research — in teaching! Graduation rates may be low because rigor is expected. And the “campus” is a shopping mall.

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...