Christine Ortiz is taking a leave from her prestigious post as a professor and dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to start a radical, new nonprofit university that she says will have no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms.
Many details about the new university are still undetermined, she says, but the basic idea is to answer the question, What if you could start a university from scratch for today's needs and with today's technology?
An interview follows, but the answers aren't that easy to parse; the entity inhabiting Ortiz's human form doesn't answer questions so much as spray out of great inky clouds of jargon like a cornered cuttlefish.
"all of the knowledge acquisition would be moved virtually." Instead of in-person instruction, students will be invited to search online for relevant YouTube clips.
"There are so many talented doctoral students and postdocs that are unable to secure jobs in academia...At this point, tenure seems like a great mismatch with the system that we're thinking about." Instead of being paid a living wage, faculty will be invited to...meh, who cares, not our problem.
Oh heck, just read the whole astonishing thing on CHE.