The future of universities

March 12, 2012 | Posted by Elizabeth in Outsourcing Trends |

Paul Graham just published a new essay on Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas in which he discusses a number of area that appear ripe for disruption by startups. One of the areas he mentioned was the university system:

Replace Universities. People are all over this idea lately, and I think they’re onto something. I’m reluctant to suggest that an institution that’s been around for a millennium is finished just because of some mistakes they made in the last few decades, but certainly in the last few decades US universities seem to have been headed down the wrong path. One could do a lot better for a lot less money.

The essay has sparked a lot of commentary and debate over on Hacker News, including the following comment by me (view on Hacker News):

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