How colleges can thrive in the digital age. The Idea of the digital University: Ancient Traditions, Disruptive Technologies and the Battle for the Soul of Higher Education. Westphalia Press

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- It is predicted that 30% of the colleges in the U.S. may not exist in 25 years.  Student debt has been called a "national tragedy".  There are questions about the quality and usefulness of a college degree.  Politicians are calling for an "overhaul" and "restructuring" of public universities.  What has changed in higher education and how can it be fixed? A new book, The Idea of the Digital University: Ancient Traditions, Disruptive Technologies and the Battle for the Soul of Higher Education, argues that the forces that have brought about these challenges are the very tools we need to solve them.   The authors contend that the "crisis" in higher education has been brought about by the digital revolution.  This revolution has already disrupted network television, publishing, the recording industry and countless others.  Is it any wonder that the digital revolution that changes the way information is created, stored and shared would disrupt the university, a place whose business is to create, store and share knowledge? Is it possible that the same technologies that have created this crisis contain the seeds of a new flowering of teaching, learning and thinking?  The authors ask what is essential to the university as opposed to what it can do without.   Traditional academic subjects, scholarship and research should not be at odds with the digital revolution but reinvigorated by it.   By looking back at the history of the university, the authors show that changes that have often been seen as the "end" of higher education has more often than not been a new beginning. Drawing on such thinkers as Aristotle, Kant and Newman, the authors how the university can not only survive but thrive in the digital age. Controversial, polemical and expansive, this roadmap for the future will be sure to make a good read for those interested in the future of higher education.

About the authors: Frank McCluskey took his PhD in German Philosophy at the New School and was an N.E.H. Fellow at Yale University. He is the former Provost at American Public University System.   Melanie Winter was registrar at Walden and Shenandoah Universities.  She has directed institutional research and managed institutional data teams.

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