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Why behaving like big tech will not “save” higher education

Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2020 (Blog)

July 1, 2020

Why behaving like big tech will not “save” higher education

In a recent piece in Forbes, Will COVID-19 Save Higher Education?, Vijay Gurbaxani of UC Irvine argues against going back to our postsecondary status quo once the pandemic recedes. … Is professor Gurbaxani correct? Should we look upon COVID-19 from the perspective of not wasting a crisis, and seize this moment to push through fundamental shifts that will put digital learning technologies at the core of how colleges and universities are structured? … The central problem of American higher education is not that we behave too little like big tech companies, but rather that we invest too little resources in our public colleges and universities.