The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere

The End of College Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere From a renowned education writer comes a paradigm shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent student educator and investor needs to understand Over the span of

  • Title: The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere
  • Author: KevinCarey
  • ISBN: 9781594632051
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From a renowned education writer comes a paradigm shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent, student, educator, and investor needs to understand.Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world s most famous universities and high powered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education College coursFrom a renowned education writer comes a paradigm shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent, student, educator, and investor needs to understand.Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world s most famous universities and high powered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education College courses that had been kept for centuries from all but an elite few were released to millions of students throughout the world for free.Exploding college prices and a flagging global economy, combined with the derring do of a few intrepid innovators, have created a dynamic climate for a total rethinking of an industry that has remained virtually unchanged for a hundred years In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in depth reporting and cutting edge research to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education Carey explains how two trends the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world Insightful, innovative, and accessible, The End of College is a must read, and an important contribution to the developing conversation about education in this country.

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    • I went to a state college in the early 1990's that had a four year cost of $12,000. The cost of that same college today is over $40,000. That's bullshit, my friends. I paid for much of my own college by working a part time job. That isn't feasible today and now I'm wondering how I will manage to send two kids to college? We aren't looking at Ivy League schools or elite private colleges. We are looking at public colleges right down the road.The author does a good job of discussing the history of [...]


    • Kevin Carey is an education writer for the New York Times who produces policy oriented columns on higher education. This book appears to be a cumulative effort at tying together his columns. His focus in this book is on "the university of everywhere" (is this trademarked?) and he is highly critical of traditional university education. His principal bogeyman is the "hybrid" university, by which he appears to refer to the vision of the modern university espoused by Cardinal Newman that splits up u [...]


    • I won a free copy of this as part of a First-reads giveaway. I am offering my honest review.I teetered on the brink of giving Carey’s book three stars because I felt uncomfortable saying, “I really liked it.” However, when I looked at everything that the book offers in a systematic way, I realized that my discomfort did not come from the book, but was a result of the topic itself. As someone who enjoyed college, felt as though I learned a lot from it, and managed to escape without a massi [...]


    • I'm recommending this to everyone. I've been teaching at a very large public university for 17 years, and this book exposed me to a lot of challenging and very feasible ideas about higher education and the current U.S. system.In chapter 2, Carey explains the origins of the university, and in particular, the American university. I knew Bologna had the first university, around 1088, and that Harvard was America's first university, founded for religious motives. What I did not know or appreciate wa [...]


    • A great books to understand the foundation of the place called university. Never realized how flawed it was until you're in the workforce.


    • Rollicking account and prediction of the "brick-and-mortar" colleges which, the author feels, will yield to online, individualized learning -- basically a whole democratization. Attention is given to MOOCs, their benefits and drawbacks, and the ability of these websites (i.e. Coursera, Kahn) to connect learners from all over the globe. The ramifications are exciting. People can engage more closely with a professor via website instead of space out in a lecture hall. Since I am not an educator, I [...]


    • Um livro atual e muito bem pensado para falar sobre o futuro da educação. O Kevin Carey dá uma perspectiva histórica sobre várias tecnologias que iriam revolucionar a educação (rádio, TV, correio) e acabaram não fazendo isso. Para em seguida comentar sobre como a internet é diferente e o que está mudando com o Coursera, edX e iniciativas do tipo. O melhor é que não fica só na parte histórica/disruptiva do que estão desenvolvendo, mas fala também sobre como entendemos que o ensin [...]


    • A decent brief summary of a few of the current weakness of US colleges, although I'm not convinced that colleges are going away. After the first few chapters things get repetitive and it is time to skim like mad.


    • I usually think of "the end of college" as being similar to the end of the world: often prophesied, occurring more for some (those already disempowered) than others, and seldom realized at the predicted scale. While this book was more convincing -- or at least provided more interesting food for thought -- than other material I've read on this topic, it still misses a great deal. Carey assumes, for instance, that the intended and actual purpose and function of college is to improve cognitive skil [...]


    • Much as "The End of College" is the thoroughly researched and passionately written "labor of love" of first-time book author (and distinguished NYT columnist) Kevin Carey, its scope is narrower than you'd think if you were to browse through it for a minute or two at the bookstore.It does not take aim at the higher education system in Europe, for example, where a college degree is not a prerequisite for the vocational training that leads into the much-prized legal and medical professions, where v [...]


    • It introduces the remodeling of higher education, where people do not bear with exorbitant tuition fees to join a university solely for the prestige of a degree.This book introduces another model of university where learning rather than degrees can be attained Through the use of the improvements in information and communications technology, learning can be provided to people at increasingly lower costs and learning at university is no exception. It proposes a shift for universities to be learner [...]


    • The book gives a pretty decent account of how the whole idea of a College from its inception in Europe to its current form in America. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of MOOCs and how they could change the college experience as we know it in the next couple of decades.


    • Was more interested in the future of 'The University of Everywhere' than why colleges are failing. I already know that. History is a _little_ interesting, but no where near as interesting as how the future could play out.


    • The central thesis of this book is that traditional college education will, at some point in the not too distant future, be replaced by internet education with online certification "badges". This book runs over 250 pages, but this central thesis could probably be argued just as well in a 20-page essay. Carey tries to write an engaging book with biographical details of various characters and historical depth in explaining his topic, in the popular style of, say, Simon Winchester, or Mark Kurlansk [...]


    • Carey writes about the evolution of education from the medieval origins in Bologna through the modern era. The bulk of the work argues at the inefficiency of higher education ca. 2016. I agree with his criticisms, but I disagree with his projections. Carey's credentials as a writer for the NY Times on higher education gives him solid credentials and a strong soap box to make his pitch, but I do not think his pitch is selling much.If you read the book, or are thinking about reading it, you probab [...]


    • This was not quite the book I thought it was going to be. It is focused on the history of higher education and not education policy or proposals. It tells the story of the particular circumstances that gave rise to the contemporary hybrid American university (one part research institute, one part liberal arts, one part practical education/training) and shows how those circumstances are changing (mostly due to technology). With these changing conditions, Carey argues, the hybrid model is starting [...]


    • Full disclaimer: This a completely biased rating based mostly on how much I liked the book and how much I agreed with the message. This book caught my eye at my local library, and I went into it expecting not to like it. I am from the Bay Area, so I am tired of hearing about how great Silicon Valley is, and how technology is going to solve all of our problems and bring everyone together while still making a few people vast sums of money. (Even more tired than I am of the phrase "the university o [...]


    • Kevin Carey is a good writer and I found this book easy to read and get into. The pace is good and the language is accessible. Unfortunately, despite all that, I just didn't buy his premise.I agree that that modern research university does a disservice to its students. Universities of this type are designed around the research and students are something of an annoyance that gets in the way of the research, albeit a necessary annoyance since their tuition pays the bills. But his idea that student [...]


    • Disruptive innovation is coming to higher education and this book provides the roadmap. Much of the technology is currently in place and many students are beginning to take advantage. But, the full implementation of what Kevin Carey calls the University of Everywhere will take time.Imagine being able to learn what you want, when you want at virtually no cost. Imagine getting a quality education without having to go thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. That is what the Universit [...]


    • Read this well paced book cover to cover on a flight without putting it down - it's an engrossing read. It makes a convincing argument that the era of the university as we know it is, more or less, drawing to a close because the current system - which he argues persuasively is grossly ineffective, astonishingly expensive, and generally incoherent - is collapsing under the weight of its own ridiculousness. I found myself nodding along - as I would guess anybody who has gone to college since the m [...]


    • In The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere (Riverhead Books, 2015, 288 pages, $27.95/11.99), Kevin Carey presents a view of the modern American hybrid university as dysfunctional and ineffective on the basis of learning, cost, and inappropriateness for the contemporary high tech world in which learning and learners are widely dispersed while educational opportunity is closely held, elitist, and unfocused. His argument is persuasive and his examples of [...]


    • This book stimulated my thinking, so for that reason alone it gets three stars, but it wasn't great. The author has a definite bias against what he calls the modern "hybrid" university and in favor of anything driven by technology. There are certainly a lot of failures in the modern U.S. higher education system, in many cases due to institutions that pretend to be something that they are not and never can be, but it isn't nearly as bad as this book makes it out to be, and while I am excited by t [...]


    • To me, this book was largely a conversation-starter about the advent of digital learning environments and how/ why our current higher education system should embrace these environments and not avoid them. Overall, I am sympathetic to Carey's experience with edX since I, myself, am currently taking a course on edX. I've taken online classes from an accredited community college using Blackboard (along with a string of third-party platforms like WebAssign). I am also an enthusiastic supporter of th [...]


    • Kevin Carey, a researcher for the New America Foundation, decided to write a book in a crowded space. There are books like the Innovative University, by Clayton Christensen (which I reviewed for ) and DIYU, by Anya Kamenetz (which I read but did not review). In the last couple of years venture firms have been willing to throw a ton of money at projects in this "space" - most often with mediocre or disastrous results.In order to get the benefits of his thinking you need to wade through some histo [...]


    • When I started this book, I was looking for a book that would describe the history behind issues in higher education, a solid overview of the issues, paths forward and innovation efforts underway. This book did all of those things but had its issues. Although I really appreciated how the book described the history behind the hybrid university and the status quo (5 star level), I did not like how the author kept referencing his MIT online course experience. It was fine in the opening but not good [...]


    • Kevin Carey's book predicts the end of college as we know it. He claims that technological innovations, as well as advances in cognitive psychology, will force most of today's colleges and universities out of business. Today's "hybrid university," an institution that pursues both research and teaching, will not be able to compete with online institutions that can deliver the same content for free, while offering personalized instruction through AI based on learning theory. Is he correct? I'm not [...]


    • Robert Maynard Hutchins in 1935 said "the love of money means that a university must attract students. To do this it must be attractive. This is interpreted to mean that it must go to unusual lengths to house, feed and amuse the young". The sensationalist title aside, this book argues that higher education will be transformed by information technology into something that costs less and is more effective. In particular, housing food and amusement will become unbundled from the college experience, [...]


    • This was pretty interesting! The author chronicled the rise of our higher education system, which can't decide whether to be a reputational, research, teaching, or jobs-certifications program. We spend insane amounts of time getting kids ready to race to the "best" institutions, chain them to huge unsustainable loans--and often, can't really account for how much they actually learn while they are there for the "magic" four years. (Or five. Or six.) He then traced recent developments in cognitive [...]


    • This book describes how research on human cognition and information technology can revolutionize college costs and availability. A news article about this book (see links below) exposed how George Washington University rose in the rankings basically by making itself very expensive. This made me want to read "The End of College", to see these practices unmasked, and learn how online alternatives will become more viable and commonplace in the future. The book disappoints in reporting further on th [...]


    • kind of interesting firsthand account of his taking a hard introductory science MOOC course thru MIT via EdX. also some useful history of how selective universities came to be organized in departments, offering many electives rather than a standard curriculum, and prioritizing faculty research over undergrad teaching.aptly notes [as many have] that, especially with technology advances, some of what expensive universities provide can be "unbundled" to advantage -- not everyone who needs to know s [...]


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