Giving Compass’ Take:
• Richard Price and Alana Dunagan recently released a paper that describes scenarios in which bootcamps (short course training programs) will disrupt higher education.
• How will these scenarios help higher education officials understand the potential dilemmas of bootcamps?
• Read more about bootcamps as a viable alternative to college.
Will bootcamps and other last-mile providers disrupt higher education?
Ryan Craig, an investor and writer thinks so. His most recent book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College, makes a compelling case that the disruption is already underway.
As the person who likes to be ahead of the curve on forecasting disruptive innovations in education, reading the book caused me to write that “A New U is the book I wish I had written.”
But disrupting traditional colleges and universities is a tall order. For bootcamps to do so, they will have to do more than initially serve students who are not being served by traditional higher education with a more affordable, convenient offering that is perceived as primitive and with a technology enabler that allows them to improve even as they make money and don’t cause the majority of traditional colleges and universities to compete directly. After establishing this foothold, they will have to go “up-market,” and serve more of higher education beyond technology and an on-ramp into a career.
Against that backdrop, Richard Price and Alana Dunagan recently published an important paper, “Betting on bootcamps: How short-course training programs could change the landscape of higher ed,” that outlines five different scenarios for the future of bootcamps. Parsing these scenarios helps provide a window into whether and how bootcamps will—or will not—disrupt higher education.
Read the full article about bootcamps disrupting higher education by Michael B. Horn at Education Next.
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