SXSW Edu has become an increasingly popular conference over the last five years. Acrobatiq was invited to participate as part of the Higher Ed Innovation Showcase, part of the Getting to College Graduation Summit, organized by the Gates Foundation. Also noteworthy, is the creation of an Ed Tech Women, part of the Change Makers series.
There’s been a flurry of protests recently in higher education, all related in one way or another to concerns about costs. The University of Toronto and York University (Toronto, Canada) have both dealt with strikes. A small group of LSE (London School of Economics) students recently staged a protest to demand that the government scrap tuition fees. More information here. Dutch students call for a “new university” model with transparent finances. More information here. Finally, the University of California’s new President, Jane Napolitano referred to a student protest over tuition hikes as “crap” (unfortunately, for her, within reach of a recording device) to the “crap” of student protests.
University of California President, Janet Napolitano, responds to the refrain that higher education is in the throes of a meltdown with “Higher Education is Not in Crisis”. She uses quick reviews of two books as a launchpad for her argument: Ryan Craig’s “The Great Unbundling of Higher Education” and Kevin Carey’s “Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere”.