Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Good bye to Texas University... So long to the orange and the white!

The post title must be sung to the tune of Texas A&M's fight song, "The Aggie War Hymn"  which revolves around the Aggie's never ending obsession with their big brother, the University of Texas in Austin.  As a grad of Texas Tech University, the red-haired step child of Texas universities, I always found the Aggie fixation on all things Longhorn wonderfully weird.  

The song leaped into my head as I read the article excerpted and linked below which says good bye to many universities throughout the United States.  The evolution of MOOCs and online adult learning programs regularly rear their heads on this blog.  Collaborative Construction delivers consulting services through a combination of online webinars, recorded webinars and live workshops, and we are keenly interested in how the online education revolution will unfold.

Leaders in industry and higher education need to pay attention to the impact of the web on learning methods.  The article below nails a number of issues and is, I think, spot on with its prediction that many universities in the United States will fail in the coming years.  Is your alma mater ready to compete in the brave new knowledge economy?

The author of the article boldly predicts the failure of half the universities in the United States and then says.

 How do I know this will happen? Because recent history shows us that the internet is a great destroyer of any traditional business that relies on the sale of information. The internet destroyed the livelihoods of traditional stock brokers and bonds salesmen by throwing open to everyone access to the proprietary information they used to sell. The same technology enabled bankers and financiers to develop new products and methods, but, as it turned out, the experience necessary to manage it all did not keep up. Prior to the Wall Street meltdown, it seemed absurd to think that storied financial institutions like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers could disappear seemingly overnight. Until it happened, almost no one believed such a thing was possible. Well, get ready to see the same thing happen to a university near you, and not for entirely dissimilar reasons.   

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James L. Salmon, Esq.
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