September 30, 2013
By Jeffrey Selingo
When San Jose State University’s president announced the expansion of a pilot program to use recorded lectures from two large MOOC providers, he thought his campus would appreciate being on top of a growing trend.
Instead, Mohammad H. Qayoumi’s announcement last spring was met with howls of protest from professors in the philosophy department. They worried that the experiment would both put them out of work and provide a substandard education to their students.
When it comes to driving change in higher education, faculty members overwhelmingly believe that while they should be leading the discussion, politicians were often the ones pushing the agenda. Somewhat surprisingly, presidents also said faculty members should be driving change, and agreed that it’s often politicians who control the conversation.