The failing university and the rise of a MicroDegree by Mandy Wintink

For the past 20 years, I have been painfully watching the university struggle through an identity crisis trying to maintain itself as an institution of academic and intellectual rigor while being challenged to offer 21st Century Skills that students can apply to the workforce, yet doing justice to neither. I predict that soon it will become obsolete, irrelevant, or a merchant of credentials, or a combination of all three, with little connection to intellectual stimulation or development. As a parent to a 4-year old, I’m already thinking about how my child will have to convince me that going to university is a worthwhile investment of time or money when alternatives might do a much better job.

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