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Contemplating the end of college as we know it




A student naps in a lecture hall at the Freie Universitaet January 13, 2003 in Berlin, Germany.
A student naps in a lecture hall at the Freie Universitaet January 13, 2003 in Berlin, Germany.
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The United States boasts some of the highest college tuition rates in the world, leaving the average college student with nearly $30,000 in debt when he/she graduates.

The higher education system in America has changed very little over the past century, but education expert Kevin Carey says that’s all about to change. In his book “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” author Carey delves deep into the American college system to expose the declining standards of the brick and mortar colleges, and looks ahead to emerging technologies that are disrupting the nation’s college system.

He predicts the end of college applications, expensive textbooks, and “mercy Cs,”  challenging the way the country currently thinks about higher education. Instead, he sees a future in which college classes, books and lectures are free, and an education system where students can adapt their lessons to their own learning strengths.

Guest:

Kevin Carey, author of “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.” (Riverhead Books, 2015) He also directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation