2.  The future of universities

What if there were no more university sporting events, dormitories, and libraries? What if class lectures and tenure were no longer relevant? Ben Nelson, the CEO of a new for-profit accredited university called Minerva, explains in The Atlantic that these practices should be eliminated or significantly modified to reform higher ed.

The academic vision is entirely lean and streamlined. “Minerva will maintain almost no facilities other than the dorm itself—no library, no dining hall, no gym—and students will use city parks and recreation centers, as well as other local cultural resources, for their extracurricular activities.”

Harvard professor Laura Nasrallah shared this response:

Do you think such an initiative has long-term viability? See what people are saying on Twitter here.

3.  Coding schools

HTML/CSS. Javascript. Ruby Path. iOS Path. Have I lost you yet? Coding and computer science are incredibly valuable skills to know and remain competitive in the 21st century. However, coding schools struggle to retain prospective students because financial institutions do not offer loans to unaccredited coding schools.

Alice Truong, Fast Company’s West Coast correspondent, has more on how one startup is working to offer peer-to-peer loans specifically for coding school students.

One business leader praised the initiative:

Follow this timely discussion on Twitter here.

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