One of the great fallacies of advance planning is the notion that trends move in straight lines, that “the future will look like the past, only more so.” To grasp the fact that there is tumult ahead in the sphere of public higher education, one need only weigh the recent warning of Professor Clayton Christensen. The Harvard Business School scholar predicts that, by 2030, one-half of American colleges will be bankrupt.
Or consider the meteoric rise of online education and specifically MOOCs (massive open online courses). What impact will their growth trajectory have on programs like the Batten MPP? Our MPP program is specifically modeled on U.Va.’s world-renowned residential education, offering intense engagement with professors and public policy advocates in small seminars.