We are watching the slow motion implosion of a cherished institution. The majority of Americans have lost confidence in college and many are considering alternatives.A growing number of high school graduates are skipping college and stepping into technical jobs that offer an earn and learn career ladder. High school students who aspire to college are accumulating more free credit while in high school.
Working adults are increasingly taking advantage of employer-provided or subsidized education or seeking rapid employment-focused alternatives like coding boot camps.
As a result of demographic and market changes, most colleges are losing enrollment and finding it harder to raise prices. The first post in this series examined 12 trends killing college. Despite the bad news, there are new entrants and updated incumbents that are dramatically improving their value proposition. Following are seven keys to a vibrant future for higher education.