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The Rhetoric of Higher Education in Crisis

Robert B. Archibald

in The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities

Published in print September 2017 | ISBN: 9780190251918
Published online July 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190251949 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251918.003.0001
The Rhetoric of Higher Education in Crisis

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Crisis rhetoric dominates the conversation about higher education. This chapter provides a few fictional stories about the future of colleges and universities facing today’s stresses. It introduces the threats that US higher education faces. These include internal threats, classified as those that come from conducting business as usual in the traditional model of producing a college education; environmental threats, broader economic changes in the world outside of higher education that make the current financial model for colleges and universities more challenging; and technological threats, that is, the expansion of online education. The chapter also discusses reasons apocalyptic predictions of disruption and bankruptcy for large segments of the US higher education system are overblown.

Keywords: disruption; higher education crisis; college cost; tuition discounting; family income; student debt; MOOCs

Chapter.  9033 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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