AIRED: January 30, 2012– 11 am PST
TITLE: “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities”
SPECIAL GUESTS: Richard DeMillo
Higher education is, suddenly, a rapidly growing marketplace with many alternatives. The vast majority of American college students attend two thousand or so private and public institutions that can be described as “the Middle”–reputable educational institutions, yet not considered equal to the elite and entrenched upper echelon of the Ivy League and other prestigious schools. Richard DeMillo, Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities, Distinguished Professor of Computing and Professor of Management at Georgia Institute of Technology, has a warning for these colleges and universities in the Middle: “If you do not change, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization.”
In Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities (MIT Press, October 4, 2011), DeMillo chronicles how higher education arrived at its current state, from European universities based on a medieval model to American land-grant colleges to Apple’s iTunes U and MIT’s OpenCourseWare. He argues that institutions, clinging to a centuries-old model, are ignoring the social, historical, and economic forces at work in today’s world. Abelard to Apple defines ten rules for 21st Century colleges and universities.
About the Author
Distinguished professor of computing and management at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and he directs Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. He’s divided his career between government, industry and academia. Prior to joining Georgia Tech as a Dean in 2002, he was Chief Technology Officer for Hewlett-Packard