Anya Kamenetz On How To Rethink Higher Education

We recently interviewed Anya Kamenetz, who’s a staff writer at Fast Company covering technology, design, sustainability and social entrepreneurship and her second book is titled DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Her latest work is squarely focused on the coming epiphany facing our higher education institutions.

Kamenetz highlights a series of facts that made TEDxAtlanta attendees take notice including: the price of college has increased more than any other good or service in the last 20 years; almost half of college freshman never graduate; and those who do have massive federal and private student loan debt. She summarizes our choice as: “Radically change the way higher education is delivered, or resign ourselves to never having enough of it.”

Her prescription for fixing the system includes a radical departure both in how students gain information and knowledge (think Wikipedia, TED, etc.) and how educational institutions must reinvent themselves as more permeable and fluid.

Her book is a must-read for open-source thinkers in the education space. She even has an entire chapter devoted to Computer Science, which should be of interest to many of our Georgia Tech friends. Anya’s book is also available for the Kindle if you want to start reading right now. Enjoy the video below:

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