Inside Higher Ed
October 17th, 2014
In recent years, a succession of new educational models have been held up as the future of higher education.
The next-generation university, we are told, will be built around
flipped classrooms. Or competency-based education. Or, perhaps, clicks
will replace bricks, with instruction moving online.
Team-based learning, mentored research, collaborative education
emphasizing peer-to-peer instruction, or problem-based learning – these,
too, have been called the future of a post-secondary education.
Too often, a single model is deemed the solution to higher
education’s challenges: high costs, deficient student engagement, or
unsatisfactory graduation rates.
Instead of embracing a single solution, institutions might consider
implementing differentiated paths to a degree. Students, then, might
choose the path that best reflects their needs and aspirations.