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Higher education in the digital age / William G. Bowen ; in collaboration with Kelly A. Lack.

Bowen, William G. (Author).
Book Book ([2013])
Description: xvii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013]
3 of 4 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
1 of 1 copy available at Gloucester. (Show all copies)
0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 378.1734/Bowen (Text to Phone) Available -
Endicott College General Collection LB 2395.7 .B67 2013 (Text to Phone) Long Overdue 03/12/2018
Northern Essex - Lawrence Campus Stacks LB2395.7 .B69 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780691159300 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0691159300 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Part 1. Costs and Productivity in Higher Education ; Cost Trends, the "Cost Disease," and Productivity in Higher Education ; Factors Other Than the Cost Disease Pushing Up Educational Costs ; Affordability ; Is There a Serious Problem-Even a Crisis? -- Part 2. Prospects for an Online Fix ; Background; The Lack of Hard Evidence ; The Need for Customizable, Sustainable Platforms (or Tool Kits) ; The Need for New Mindsets-and Fresh Thinking about Decision-Making ; What Must We Retain? ; The online learning landscape -- Discussion / Howard Gardner -- Discussion / John Henessey -- William G. Bowen's responses to discussion session comments by Howard Gardner and John Hennessey -- Discussion / Andrew Delbanco -- Discussion / Daphne Koller -- William G. Bowen's responses to discussion session comments by Andrew Delbanco and Daphne Koller.
Summary: Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning. Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of college and help solve the crisis of affordability? In this short and incisive book, William G. Bowen, one of the foremost experts on the intersection of education and economics, explains why, despite his earlier skepticism, he now believes technology has the potential to help rein in costs without negatively affecting student learning.


Bowen, William G. "Higher education in the digital age." Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2013.

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