The advent of Internet-enabled mass access to college level educational content offers a number of opportunities to both consumers and providers. Consumers can shop for any number of content items online from a wide array of providers, choosing products based on the subject, the prestige of the provider, and the subsequent value of participation. Providers will have access to large potential markets with low overhead expense and most importantly without an obligation to validate the preparation and capabilities of the consumers or guarantee a level of successful completion.
John V. Lombardi
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November 12, 2012
September 12, 2012
Long-time observers of the public university scene recognize ritual behavior as an essential component of institutional process. Among the many rituals of public university governance, open trustee board meetings have a special place. Everyone looks forward to the board meeting as a theatrical forum where talented individuals play ritualized parts according to well prepared scripts.
July 23, 2012
Universities, like other high profile service organizations, continuously seek visibility and preeminence to validate their claims of significance and advertise their association with the latest educational trends and enthusiasms. MOOCs are one of these enthusiasms. Massive Open Online Courses deliver to the connected e-world electronic views of institutional course offerings.
June 1, 2012
Do public universities subsidize their athletics programs too much? John V. Lombardi compares the totals to their library spending and asks: What's an acceptable ratio?
May 21, 2012
Imagine a small, developing country of perhaps 3 million people. Like many other small developing countries, our imaginary nation is rich in natural resources, its economy has prospered on the export of agricultural crops and benefited from the revenue generated by petroleum production, refining, and support services. Its history, like some of its counterparts in the developing world, reflects a constant structural economic weakness covered by a colorful culture, truly creative and charming people, and an often dramatic sequence of past events.
May 10, 2012
The determined effort to ensure that everyone has a post-secondary credential of some kind spawns a wide range of new educational products. Traditional suppliers of higher education seek an appropriate response. Should they try to commercialize their brand by also publishing courses online? Should they partner with an aggressive and effective for-profit or foundation-funded not-for-profit enterprise to leverage faculty intellectual property into credential producing products for large audiences? Should they offer academic services to validate learning acquired through non-traditional means leading to credentials or college degrees?
March 19, 2012
Whether it goes by the name of exaggeration, half-truth, misrepresentation, distortion, or dissembling, lying is endemic in all of education.
October 19, 2011
I had a chance to participate in a recent meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, the famous ARL.
August 20, 2010
How will it all work out? The budget is a mess, the economy weak, the quality of high school graduates in decline. Tuition and fees are on the rise, for profit colleges under attack, and US News continues to issue rankings. We hear that the costs of big time college sports grow larger, that the rich schools stay rich and the poor schools get poorer. We see more faculty in adjunct status. Many of our friends want us to do more training and less higher education. National, state, and local government leaders want us to graduate everyone who enters.
November 17, 2009
I am having trouble signing on to the campaign to make our universities dependencies of the federal government. I want the money. I am confident that we could spend it a lot better than the bailed out banks and the rescued financial services industry.