Last week at the "Career College Association" (CCA) conference in Vegas there was a lot of talk about the big three issues:
- Impending regulations for the inquiry (lead) environment.
- The risks posed by loan defaults; or the 'new subprime market'.
- The opportunities created by rising costs and decreasing quality.
- Technology that makes delivery and consumption simple and foolproof.
- Sufficient numbers of non or over-shot consumers to create momentum.
- A business model that changes the economic model and prevents incumbents from fighting back.
Consider the following companies that are doing things just a bit differently:
- StraighterLine - focuses on delivering education starting at $99 a month.
- Zinch - reverses the recruitment process by making high-school students the center of the universe.
- Instructure - a learning management system that gives its product away to teachers.
Maybe our thoughts about comparing curriculum and faculty across schools in a 'syllabus week' isn't such a radical idea. And the thought of an 'on-demand' education taking courses from a variety of institutions isn't such a wild idea.
Prediction: Openness in education will lead to building your own program and degree.