Academic Questions

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 503–507 | Cite as

Here, There, and Everywhere

The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, by Kevin Carey. New York: Riverhead Books, 2015, 288 pp., $27.95 hardbound, $16.00 paperback (2016).
  • Daniel AsiaEmail author

Anyone working in the groves of academe knows that things can’t continue as they are. As the sagacious economist Herbert Stein famously said, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” The bubble of higher education will burst. It is only a matter of when.

Students are learning less and less. Bureaucratization and the new legalistic mentality are overwhelming the daily functioning of institutions—see any syllabus, which has now become a legal contract rather than a plan of study. It is impossible to do anything quickly and efficiently, with the possible exception of getting new courses devoid of content added to the curriculum. Universities are now “communities” interested in sustainability, diversity (except in intellectual inquiry), exploration of new social possibilities, physical and mental wellness, sexual experimentation, and general indoctrination of a leftist sort. While the educational product and results are getting worse, the cost of “the college experience” is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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