Cross-posted from The Amani Institute Blog.


If you’ve been reading the news much in America this past year (or talking to me at all), you’ve likely heard about the current crisis in higher education. And the doomsayers are no light-weights. They include The Economist wondering if American universities will become like its car companiesThe Washington Post predicting the decline will more likely mirror newspapers, and if you like your news delivered via guru, Seth Godin flat-out predicts a meltdown.

And that’s just for starters. Seriously. Google “crisis in higher education” and you’ll see what I mean.

But why? In this brief RSA-style videoAnya Kamenetz elaborates some of the reasons.


What do you think? Is higher education a bubble about to burst? Are American universities as we know them endangered? This is a topic we’ll come back to from time to time.


We’ll be addressing this issue among others in our new course New Technologies for Educational Practice that begins next February. Apply now to join thought leaders and other professionals in the four-week online certificate course! 


  • I think the challenge now isn't access to information but opportunities. without some sort of credibility broker who is to say someone has learnt? if you say it is by what they do then how do we decide who gets a chance to do it?

    Also if the point of education is merely to get jobs then the supply-demand argument holds. however if there is merit in learning in itself – then there is no debate – life is getting better.

    if universities can charge so much isn't it a good biz to be in. imho the problem here is the indebtedness and the lack of opportunities people face despite their abilities.