Published on Thursday, April 23, 2009
The ever-higher cost of higher education
“Do you realize that the cost of higher education has risen as fast as the cost of health care?...Such totally uncontrollable expenditures…means that the system is rapidly becoming untenable. Higher education is in deep crisis.”
— Peter F. Drucker, as quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education
The university as gatekeeper
“Few organizations in history have been granted the amount of power that today’s university has. Refusal to admit or to grant the diploma is tantamount to debarring a person from access to a career.”
— Peter F. Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society
The community college as an answer
“The community college was actually designed…to educate technologists who have both the needed theoretical knowledge and the manual skill. On this, I am convinced, rests both the still huge productivity advantage of the American economy and the…American ability to create, almost overnight, new and different industries.”
— Peter F. Drucker, Management Challenges for the 21st Century
Will there still be ivy if there are no walls?
“The college won't survive as a residential institution. Today's buildings are hopelessly unsuited and totally unneeded."
— Peter F. Drucker, "Seeing Things As They Really Are," Forbes