What If We Could Build Higher Education From Scratch?

Cathy N. Davidson

What if we could start all over again and design higher education from scratch? What would a university look like if there were no legacies from medieval knowledge traditions, Enlightenment epistemologies or taxonomies, or Industrial Age requirements, regulations, departments, majors, minors, distribution requirements, professional schools, or standardized assessment metrics, or contemporary problems ranging from defunding of public education to the burgeoning and ever increasing endowments of private universities? What kinds and forms of institutions of learning might we come up with? Or maybe we don't need any institutions at all? And how could our imagined universities help to inform our activism about transforming the actual institutions we inhabit now? #FutureEd

A series of prompts for this discussion can be found at What If We Could Build Higher Education From Scratch?.


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