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College Disrupted: the Great Unbundling of Higher Education by Ryan Craig

May 26, 2015
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Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 12.14.49 PMFor nearly two decades, pundits have been predicting the demise of higher education in the United States. Our colleges and universities will soon find themselves competing for students with universities from around the world. With the advent of massive open online courses (“MOOCS”) over the past two years, predictions that higher education will be the next industry to undergo “disruption” have become more frequent and fervent. Currently a university’s reputation relies heavily on the “four Rs” in which the most elite schools thrive–rankings, research, real estate, and rah! (i.e. sports). But for the majority of students who are not attending these elite institutions, the “four Rs” offer poor value for the expense of a college education.
Craig sees the future of higher education in online degrees that unbundle course offerings to offer a true bottom line return for the majority of students in terms of graduation, employment, and wages. College Disrupted details the changes that American higher education will undergo, including the transformation from packaged courses and degrees to truly unbundled course offerings, along with those that it will not. Written by a professional at the only investment firm focused on the higher education market, College Disrupted takes a creative view of the forces roiling higher education and the likely outcome

College Disrupted can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie bookstore.

Praise for College Disrupted

“Savvy, sharp, and ultimately optimistic, Craig’s book offers an ambitious blueprint that administrators would be wise to heed.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With great clarity and a deft touch, College Disrupted tells the story of how college has become out of reach and out of touch with the needs of students. More important, it points the way to a reconfigured system of higher education which is both affordable and valuable as preparation for career and life.”
Mitch Kapor, co-chair of Kapor Center for Social Impact and founder of Lotus Development Corporation

“In College Disrupted, Ryan Craig offers the best and most clear-sighted analysis of the dramatic changes underway in higher education, a persuasive argument for how we might re-invent our industry, and does so with a balance of serious mindedness and entertaining readability rare in books of this kind. While many will find his roadmap forward daunting, my colleagues should all read this book and think hard about its implications for their institutions. This is the must-read book for 2015.”
Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University

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