The education system is dying. Great alternatives are appearing. Code camps are teaching valuable professional skills. Courses for almost any topic are cheap and plentiful. Praxis is allowing young people to learn valuable skills and build a great signal for future employers. A better education is available outside of academia. And the research side isn’t far behind.
Companies like Y Combinator are funding independent research outside of higher education system.
A quick scan of the current environment shows you that university’s and colleges are in trouble.
Their competitors are improving quickly, and they are offering a superior product at a drastically lower price. College is in trouble, and they need to kick it into high gear to survive the competition. But now, more so than ever, they are making themselves irrelevant.
Administrators are unaware of the threat. They focus their energy on microaggressions, appropriation, rape culture, cultural sensitivity training. They are destroying themselves from the inside.
Now, when a young, intelligent person looks at her options, not only does she see that see has better non-college options to get an excellent education, but she sees that the actual college experience is worse than ever, and getting WORSE.
The inferior product of college is getting more expensive. The education content is falling further behind. And the PC culture is becoming more intolerable.
When you create institutions run by individuals without incentives to create value for the customer, those institutions die.