My vote for our school’s new motto: Because You Have To Be Somewhere

Let’s face it: higher ed is on its way down the long slide to obsolescence. It’s too expensive and you can get all the info you’ve ever wanted for free on the internet, so what’s worth the $50K/year price tag? Because I’ve decided I will live forever, I hope to turn my current employer into the one school that will still be relevant after Armageddon.

Why get the degree? For the degree. The credential. That’s why the future for IT is all about identity management/roles and relationship management, connections w/ elearning systems, and assessment, which I ranted about earlier.

The future for higher ed? Well, first check out Noam Eli’s article from the 90s, which originally appeared in Science. So, higher ed and liberal arts colleges will essentially be places for great conversations. So, you might as well be in a beautiful location, with good food, wine country, etc. Hence the new motto: because you have to be somewhere.

My prediction? Retirement communities and liberal arts colleges will develop in the same locations in some sort of mildly creepy parasitic way.

5 Responses to “My vote for our school’s new motto: Because You Have To Be Somewhere”

  1. Kyle said:

    Jun 17, 08 at 8:38 pm

    Don’t we all ready have this? Tenure leads to lots of old folks hanging out with college kids after all…

    I’ll add to your motto for my college:

    Because you have to be somewhere, it should be somewhere warm. ‘-)

  2. rufusb said:

    Jun 18, 08 at 6:21 am

    Wow…you’re a CIO? Where do I go for guidance? For hope? I need a drink…

  3. kdghty said:

    Jun 18, 08 at 6:57 am

    As someone who has spent the greater part of her adult life trying to get back to school – the nanny years were obviously recess – without taking any classes – hear! hear!

  4. Sukey said:

    Jun 20, 08 at 10:03 am

    Oh my gosh, retirement communities + liberal arts colleges = the New School for Social Research BA program in liberal arts circa the early 90s!

    For reals! Hail to my alma mater.

    Do you know what it’s like to study the art & literature of WWII-era France with folks who actually fought in WWII, in France? I’m not kidding. I rather enjoyed the “primary source” perspective.

  5. admin said:

    Jun 20, 08 at 7:40 pm

    Sukester: happy bd!!!! And, you’re lucky those old timers didn’t want to do a reenactment or something.

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