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By Richard A. DeMillo

ISBN-10: 0262015803

ISBN-13: 9780262015806

Nearly all of American students attend thousand or so deepest and public associations that will be defined because the Middle--reputable academic associations, yet no longer thought of equivalent to the elite and entrenched higher echelon of the Ivy League and different prestigious faculties. Richard DeMillo has a caution for those schools and universities within the heart: should you don't switch, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization. In Abelard to Apple, DeMillo argues that those associations, clinging precariously to a centuries-old version of upper schooling, are ignoring the social, old, and fiscal forces at paintings in state-of-the-art international. within the age of iTunes, open resource software program, and for-profit on-line universities, there are new principles for larger schooling. DeMillo, who has spent years in either academia andin undefined, explains how greater schooling arrived at its present parlous country and gives a street map for the twenty-first century. He describes the evolving version for larger schooling, from eu universities dependent on a medieval version to American land-grant schools to Apple's iTunes U and MIT's OpenCourseWare. He deals ten principles to assist faculties reinvent themselves (including "Don't romanticize your weaknesses") and argues for a spotlight on educating undergraduates. DeMillo's message--for schools and universities, scholars, alumni, mom and dad, employers, and politicians--is that any collage or collage can switch path if it defines a compelling price proposition (one no longer dependent in "institutional envy" of Harvard and Berkeley) and imagines an establishment that supplies it.

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