Americans are turning “just in time” education offered by online programs and other startups

Vous nécessitez une spécialisation académique, il y a d’autres avenues que l’Université ou le Cégep.

Une compétition féroce commence à s’implanter, les cours en ligne.

Contrairement, aux professeurs qui sont rarement évalués sur la qualité de leurs cours, leur pédagogie ou la mise à jour de leurs cours, en ligne, vous avez les meilleurs experts dans chaque champ d’activité

Pauvre syndicat, ils ne pourront pas réclamer des cotisations aux vidéos, par contre, ils vont tous faire pour empêcher cette évolution.

Par contre, c’est l’employeur qui a le dernier mot.

Ce que les employeurs veulent, c’est du cœur au ventre et de l’initiative.

Extrait de: Grad School’s Equivalent of Uber, The American Interest, Apr 14, 2015

Universities keep telling themselves nothing is wrong with their core business model, but the Ubers of higher ed are out to disrupt them. At the Washington Post, Jeffrey J. Selingo reports on the emerging competition that’s eating higher ed’s lunch—especially in graduate education. In recent history, universities have earned fat fees from graduate students as the demand for graduate programs grew. The recession helped keep the money rolling in, because it pushed people into school who otherwise would be in the job market.

But now that’s changing, and not just because the economy has improved. George Washington University, for example, recently announced that declining revenue from graduate programs forced staff layoffs. Instead of going to traditional graduate school at established colleges, Americans are turning more to so-called “just in time” education offered by online programs and other startups. More:

Think of just-in-time education as when you watch a video on YouTube to figure out how to change a flat tire or fix a broken appliance.

These emerging providers know that today’s economy demands education throughout our careers rather than just at the beginning, so they offer short spurts of content (from a few hours to a few weeks) when students need it instead of giving them a full helping of a degree.

So far, their model is proving popular. The Khan Academy serves 10 million people a month with 5,000 videos. General Assembly has nearly two dozen locations around the world and more than 12,000 alumni who have taken its full- and part-time courses, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s and already have a bachelor’s degree.


The growth of these alternatives is due in part to this key factor: older students are more self-motivated than undergraduates.

More and more of them seem to be managing very nicely without picking up the huge bills at traditional programs. Selingo argues that graduate programs are more ripe for disruption than undergrad programs, but if these startups continue to steal students from traditional graduate programs, you could see downward pressure on undergraduate programs as well.

Disruptions in the education market will likely force changes on our outdated higher education model that go beyond layoffs and school closings—to the distress of traditional institutions, but also quite likely to the benefit of students.

On the latter score, do-it-yourself grad school, as a time- and money-saver, sounds promising indeed.

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