“Currently, women make up just 12% of the engineering workforce and 26% of the computing workforce. In 1990, women made up 35% of the computing workforce, a drop of 9%. Women in engineering have increased slightly by 3%, from 9% in 1990. Yet, women make up more than half of our nation’s population and 57.3% of enrollments in institutions of higher education, according to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics. In the next several years, women are projected to be well over 60% of the enrollments in colleges and universities.”
We did a Q&A with Kevin Carey, author of the recently published, provocative book: The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.
“[Universities) will fight opening up the market to new credentials, for obvious reasons of self-interest, but that’s not a fight that can be won forever. If you’re battling against better information, your days are numbered.”
I love libraries. Or I think I do; I haven’t been in one in a few years.
“Once Upon A Time libraries were the gatekeepers to most of the information students and academics needed. Books had the information and libraries had the books. Then one day the Big Bad Internet came along and made hundreds of millions of books, articles and manuscripts freely available to anyone with access to a computer. The library was no longer the only game in town. Most of today’s students have used computers since a young age and Googling is second nature to them. Why would they go to a library when they could find the answers from the comfort of their own home — or Starbucks?”