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College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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“The rising cost of college tuition, increasing popularity of online courses, and disappointingly low graduation rates from some colleges are among the converging trends challenging the status quo for college education in the U.S...Craig...offers a more encouraging outlook, even in the face of upheaval.” ―Booklist
“Savvy, sharp, and ultimately optimistic, Craig's book offers an ambitious blueprint that administrators would be wise to heed.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“…A lively analysis of the strengths and serious challenges facing higher education… Craig presents exciting ideas about how new pedagogy and individually paced adaptive learning will satisfy students” ―Library Journal
“College Disrupted provides a novel set of suggestions, a blueprint almost, on how college education for the 99%, the non-elites, can and must be transformed to provide a better education at a fraction of the cost. This book will surprise and inform. Its proposals are workable, leveraging technology in meaningful ways for the student, for the college and for employers. This book is an original and will challenge many of our beliefs. I highly recommend it.” ―John Seely Brown, advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and co-author of A New Culture of Learning – Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
“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
“There's a revolution underway in what we now know as "higher education," and it's dramatically changing what people learn, where they learn it, and how they will use it in work and in life. The revolution is being televised, blogged, tweeted, and MOOC'ed in ways that we could never even have dreamed just a few years ago. In College Disrupted, Ryan Craig chronicles that revolution in a thoughtful and astonishingly clear way, bringing to focus a diverse set of ideas, strategies and concepts that are completely transforming college as we know it. Craig's insightful analysis comes together in a hopeful and practical set of ideas about how to fix what's broken and continue to ensure that Americans gain even greater value from college than ever before--for their benefit individually, and for the collective well-being of all Americans.” ―Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO, Lumina Foundation
“American educational progress will continue to lag as long as the education reform conversation remains polarized. For American higher education to continue to lead the world, we must find ways to get traction for the sorely needed innovations that will improve accessibility, affordability and student outcomes for all Americans. In College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, Ryan Craig lays out a blueprint for action. His clarity of observation – which is simply stated – creates a compelling burning platform. You can't ignore his assessment; the case is too clear. The recognition of a need for change frequently spurs a bias for action. Efforts sputter when plans to galvanize that bias into measurable change are lacking. What distinguishes College Disrupted is Ryan's ability to skillfully lay out options and a way forward for higher education leaders and policy makers as they take the necessary actions to advance higher education in the United States.” ―Sara Martinez Tucker, chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative
“Colleges impact everyone and every part of American society, but their future is likely to look quite different from their past. In College Disrupted, Ryan Craig illuminates that future and why it matters in an entertaining read.” ―Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of Clayton Christensen Institute
About the Author
Ryan Craig is the Founding Managing Director of University Ventures, a private equity fund focused on establishing next-generation postsecondary education companies through partnerships with traditional colleges and universities. He was the Founding Director of Bridgepoint Education, has served as advisor to the Department of Education and as Vice President of Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education venture that was the first online consortium of world-class educational and cultural institutions.
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In the fall of 2013, a survey of over 400 small private and regional state institutions found that nearly half had fallen short of budget enrollment or net tuition revenue. From 2010 through 2012, freshmen enrollment at more than a quarter of U.S. private four-year colleges declined 10% or more. In October 2013, the percentage of 2013 high school graduates who enrolled in higher education was 65.9%, down from 70.1% four years prior.
Higher education tuition has increased at double the rate of inflation for over 30 years. The overall price of higher education increased 600% between 1980 and 2010 - more than any other major product or service. (To be fair, the average discount for freshmen at private colleges is now 42%. On the other hand, there's also the important matter of opportunity costs.) In 1975, the average state-supported institution could count on state funding for over 60% of their budgets. Since then, between 1980 and 2011, all states except Wyoming and North Dakota have cut support for higher education by 15 - 70%. While Americans say they value higher education, less than 40% think states should provide more support to colleges.
For the typical private sector online program, enrolling a new online student now requires spending $2,000 - $3,000 in advertising. As 50% of online students typically drop out within the first six months, that's $4,000 - $6,000 to acquire one revenue-generating student.Read more ›
This is a frustrating book -- and I have now read it twice. It contains some useful information, but often it is poorly presented or reasoned. Mainly, it needs a real editor.
-- Craig hopes to write about higher education, but always ends up writing about himself, about his glory days at Yale, and really specious stories about carnivals, Pope charts in his favorite restaurants, movies he likes, and other wild tangents. A bit of this can be entertaining -- he massively overdoes it. Again, needs and editor -- and a writer who will listen.
-- Starting with the title, he argues that education is going to be "disrupted", but proceeds to use the term with cringeworthy imprecision (far from the only person to make this mistake, but again, a solid editor would have helped.
-- The book would benefit from data, clearer reasoning, and discussion of alternative views. Bonus for appreciating unintended consequences, a touch of nuance, etc. Example: MIT's David Autor, one of the world's most highly regarded labor economists, asserts that NOT going to college costs the average American $500,000. His evidence for this is quite solid and reinforced by a college wage premium 98%. This may or may not refute Craig's thesis -- but ignoring it is not helpful.
-- Craig is really sloppy with facts. He asserts that some colleges produce negative ROI for students. Might be true, but his footnotes don't begin to support it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was really good and informative, but I had a hard time staying engaged.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Tablada
This was a very good and interesting book I would highly recommend it to educators in all areas (elementary, secondary and higher education).Published 3 months ago by Bobby Leo
The writer of this book perhaps like to brag or showboat more than actually convey meaningful information to the reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
From start to finish Craig covers a broad range of topics relevant to the current challenges of higher ed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adam Braun
This book is lacking in many ways- integrated and up to date understanding of higher education, true understanding of demographic shifts and insider perspective on how colleges... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Lewis
Brick-and-mortar schools BEWARE. Massive change is around the corner, and college is no longer going to be a 4-year hiding place for fun seekers if they want to pay off their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard D. Persen
Great book. One of the best out there regarding higher education. There is so much opportunity to do good and make an ethical living by lowering costs and increasing outcomes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rob Skiff