There are three major functions of higher education: knowledge, socialization and accreditation. How can the Web simulate this experience of college?
The idea of "non-traditional" higher education, like online universities, is gaining a lot of traction today. Count author Anya Kamenetz among its growing list of advocates. Not only is college too expensive, as she argued in her book Generation Debt, but it has become more or less a "credential mill" that doesn't deliver the economic gains it has promised to middle class students. Kamenetz lays out this critique in a new book called DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education.