Before we can radically reinvent college, we need to add at least two more structural, material changes to the four in this month’s Wired magazine article by writer Martha Rhodes, “4 Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, Drawn From Stanford Research.” The four changes advocated in Wired come from the famous design school, the d.school, at Stanford and one of its leading lights, Professor Sarah Stein Greenberg. I like these a lot–and readers of the Cat in the Stack posts at hastac.org will recognize all of them from many of my past posts.
BUT, in some ways, they are rearranging the deck chairs. If we want this ship called Higher Education to sail safely and happily into the future, we need to, yes, rearrange these four chairs, but we also need to be looking out for those treacherous icebers. So, below, the four derived from Professor Stein Greenberg’s research and then the REAL, radical ideas that could change higher ed in the U.S.