Harvard resists MOOC models and opts for selective, expensive online program (deseretnews.com)

Compiled by , Deseret News National Edition

Even after losing its 378-year No. 1 status to Stanford, Harvard still hesitates to create a strong, open online presence.

Harvard’s freshly minted nickname “the Stanford of the east” is believed to be, in part, a result of Stanford’s commitment to innovation, expansion and community outreach and Harvard’s hesitancy to join the ranks ofonline educators.

It’s Harvard Business School that is most resistant to establish online courses, claiming that they would undermine the institution’s good name, selective nature and commitment to academic rigor.

Universities all over the world are facing an “adapt or die” scare. Most universities are responding to the Internet’s influence on academia by implementing online courses to stay relevant in a changing education culture.

“If any institution is equipped to handle questions of strategy, it is Harvard Business School, whose professors have coined so much of the strategic lexicon used in classrooms and boardrooms,” Jerry Useem wrote for The New York Times, “It’s hard to discuss the topic without recourse to their concepts: Competitive advantage. Disruptive innovation. The value chain.”

Then why is Harvard Business School so hesitant to confront the “disruptive innovation” of online schools, specifically the recent popularity of Massive Open Online Courses?

About Ryan C. Fowler

Ryan is a curricular fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. He also teaches at Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
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