I’m not going to just react to this excellent post but add, I hope, something. Everything said here is spot on and has been an obvious line of development for ten years. The basic rule of technology acceptance is the 20% tipping point. Below 20% the new product is something other weird people use, over 20% “everyone has that”. We are there with online education replacing the high school diploma of sixty years ago. It won’t get you ahead but you need it to survive. But why are the community colleges so slow to change? The gig economy. Now the ratio of permanent faculty to temporary lecturers is 50/50. Half the teaching staff has no commitment to the college and are paid only from the first day of class to the last day of class. Then they are on the street looking for another college gig. The folks worrying about the long term direction of higher education (and that’s a misnomer, too) are the oldest and most hidebound half of the campus. And they spend their time pretending the other half don’t exist.

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