Higher education and entrepreneurship – a mature business for innovation

American higher education hasn’t changed much over the past century, and the main reason it hasn’t is because federal subsidies (student aid) can only be used at accredited institutions. The approvers had a form, and you weren’t allowed much leeway to get away with it. So, we have been locked in an old framework for a long time.

But there has been some change, of course. This change was the infiltration of leftist concepts into higher education. In many schools, it’s hard for students to escape the permanent DEI (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion) barrage.

In today’s Martin Center article, David Dufendach argues that higher education needs an entrepreneurial approach that restores merit and increases value.

Referring to Kurt Vonnegut’s 1961 short story Harrison Bergeron, he wrote: “Halfway to 2081, the policies of diversity, equity, and inclusion (especially the equity component) lead to a gradual ‘disruption’ of degrees, programs, and courses. Examples include the mitigation of Mathematics curriculum and cheating in history and literature. This trend is accompanied by an increase in memorization – what to think, not how to think – and a reduction in speech on campus.”

While Dufendach does not rule out revitalizing existing colleges and universities, he believes more progress will be made in creating new colleges that offer students more educational value for less money. Shows how this can be achieved.

I particularly like his idea of ​​arming students against the DEI nonsense they are liable to encounter in society: “However, any modern college would be remiss if it completely ignored DEI. It would be like sending an uninformed parker into a forest full of carnivores. This can be remedied by During an unaccredited short course that equips students with important defensive concepts regarding DEI.Currently, many students are likely to graduate from mainstream colleges and universities with little, if any, defense against DEI’s ‘language’–only emphasizing the need for alternative institutions.”

George Leaf is the Director of Editorial Content at the James J. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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