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The Abundant University by Michael D. Smith
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Sep 19, 2023 | ISBN 9780262048552

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Included in Forbes‘s Best Higher Education Books of 2023 list

Winner of the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature

“If you’re looking for a book that challenges higher education’s status quo, questions its basic business model, and argues for a complete transformation to create greater, more affordable access to advanced education, Michael D. Smith’s The Abundant University: Remaking Higher Education For a Digital World is a great place to start…The Abundant University is sure to stir up a storm. It threatens many of higher education’s cherished assumptions and traditions. It encourages major innovations in how advanced education is delivered and to whom. And it foresees and even encourages a dismantling of the credentialing monopoly that colleges have long protected. Get ready to hear some howling from the ivory towers…With a straightforward, conversational style, Smith succeeds in portraying the current problems bearing down on higher education and offering a set of bold solutions for a future where he envisions a college education becoming “more open, flexible, inclusive, and lower-priced.” The Abundant University is a provocative book that should be read by higher ed insiders as well as those in the general public who care about expanding the reach and the impact of higher education.”

Table Of Contents

Preface: Scaling the Ivory Tower vii
Part I: Admissions
1 The Unjust University 3
Why It’s Hard to Foster Inclusivity in a System Based on Exclusivity
Part II: Orientation
2 The Education Factory 21
How We Got Our Current System and Why It’s Such an Expensive, Inefficient Mess
3 Seating Arrangements 39
Why Limited Classroom Space Leads Rich Parents to Bribe Their Kids into College
4 Masters of None 53
Why We Standardize Our Teaching Even Though We Know Our Students Are Unique
5 The Noisy Classroom 71
What College Diplomas Signal–and the Resulting Distortions
Part III: Instruction
6 Open Enrollment 89
Why–at Last–We Can Do Things Differently
7 The Digitally Powered Ivory Tower 103
How Digitization Is Creating Abundance in Access and Instruction
8 Getting Down to Business 135
Why Abundance in Access and Instruction Hasn’t Changed Higher Education
9 Structural Disruption 151
Why Big Changes Are at Last on the Horizon for Higher Education
10 Hello, Google State 165
The New World of Credentialing and Skills-Based Hiring
11 Objections, Objections 181
Understanding and Moving Past Our Resistance to Change
Part IV: Commencement
12 Rediscovering Our Mission 205
A Summation–and a Path Forward–for Educators
Acknowledgments 217
Notes 219
Index 259

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