The Future of American Higher Education: Highlights from the StraighterLine Blog

Barry Lenson

Over the last year, StraighterLine has spotted some important trends in American higher education. Here are some highlights from the StraighterLine Blog .

iCollege? Governor Pawlenty, We’re Already There (June 28, 2010)

Why did Governor Pawlenty’s relatively tame comments about "iCollege" rankle people?  It could be because people have a hard time accepting the idea that the definition of a college is about to change. [Read more]

Can Online Learning End America’s Dropout Crisis? (July 27, 2010)

High school dropouts aren’t deadbeats. Many are entrepreneurs, businesspeople and responsible parents who want to return to school. Can't online learning help them reach their dreams? [Read more]

Gov. Pawlenty may not have the right name, but he’s got the right idea (July 30, 2010)

As we all know, politicians seem apt to make a few verbal gaffes in their careers (Joe Biden anyone?).  However, unlike a lot of exaggerated inaccuracies that come out of politicians’ mouths, Governor Tim Pawlenty only got one thing wrong with us – our name. [Read more]

Bill Gates: Internet Learning Poised to Outpace "Place-Based" Colleges (August 13, 2010)

“. . . tuition is, say, $50,000 a year so over four years—a $200,000 education . . . We’re trying to provide it to every kid who wants it, and only technology can bring that down not just to $20,000, but to $2,000.” - Bill Gates [Read more]

Are Colleges Pricing Themselves Out of Business? (August 23, 2010)

Everybody is saying that college costs are increasing at a rate that outpaces the rate of inflation for just about everything else. But is that true? Let’s have a little fun and look at some statistics from the last 40 years. [Read more]

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