The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 17th, 2015
Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week’s announcement
by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy Lynda.com, a
provider of consumer-focused online courses, carries notable
consequences for higher education.
At the very least, it’s a sign of the growing interest in making
academic and other educational credentials more visible and transparent
to employers and others with reason to see them.
It could also be, in the words of one observer, a sharp reminder to
colleges that if they don’t up their game in helping students and alumni
with career transitions, there are many other organizations — giants
like LinkedIn among them — that stand ready to fill that void.