In 2014, the average annual fees at private universities hit an all time high at $31,000, "a rise of around 200% since the early 1970s." Can American universities untangle themselves from their costly ways and still provide their students with a high quality education? Schools like Arizona State University have embraced digital technology to drive down costs without driving down quality. ASU and others like Columbia and Pennsylvania State University have turned to SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) to provide more choices for students and create new revenue streams for their universities. Leveraging SPOCs, ASU doubled its undergraduate enrollments since 2002 and kept its degree costs reasonably low ($10,000 for in-state applicants). As more and more schools adopt SPOCs, lecture halls will start to empty and the need for online tools to bring the power of face-to-face into the online learning environment will grow. Enter: ApprenNet.
The Emptying of the College Lecture Hall
Apr 10, 2015