BWB REMEMBERS THE BOOKS OF OUR CHILDHOOD (3 OF 3)
The third and final part in our Children’s Book Week series on the books that BWB employees remember from their childhood. Don’t forget...
Richard A. DeMillo
Richard A. DeMillo
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The vast majority of American college students attend two thousand or soprivate and public institutions that might be described as the Middle--reputableeducational institutions, but not considered equal to the elite and entrenched upperechelon of Ivy League and other prestigious schools. Richard DeMillo has a warningfor these colleges and universities in the Middle: If you do not change, you areheading for irrelevance and marginalization. In Abelard to Apple, DeMillo arguesthat these institutions, clinging precariously to a centuries-old model of highereducation, are ignoring the social, historical, and economic forces at work intoday's world. In the age of iTunes, open-source software, and for-profit onlineuniversities, there are new rules for higher education. DeMillo, who has spent yearsin both academia and industry, explains how higher education arrived at its currentparlous state and offers a road map for the twenty-first century. He describes theevolving model for higher education, from European universities based on a medievalmodel to American land-grant colleges to Apple's iTunes U and MIT's OpenCourseWare.He offers ten rules to help colleges reinvent themselves (including "Don'tromanticize your weaknesses") and argues for a focus on teachingundergraduates. DeMillo's message--for colleges and universities, students, alumni, parents, employers, and politicians--is that any college or university can changecourse if it defines a compelling value proposition (not based in"institutional envy" of Harvard and Berkeley) and imagines an institutionthat delivers it.
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