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Reimagining Higher Education

www.city-journal.org

While the pandemic caused a decrease in college enrollments, there are other factors contributing to such a decrease; foremost among them is the high and rapidly increasing cost of attending most colleges. At the same time, online and virtual alternatives to traditional higher education are enjoying significant increases in enrollments. This trend calls into question two fundamental assumptions about higher education: (1) A holistic education such as provided by a bachelor’s degree is valuable, and (2) credentials such as college degrees are more valuable than job skills. In addition, many of these virtual education providers are distinguishing themselves by their ability to assess learner’s needs and to provide tailored educational offerings.

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