Change in Academe

October 26, 2000

by Executive Director David Longanecker

In recent history, nothing has so profoundly changed higher education as technology. But with this change comes a unique responsibility – to demand rigor, discipline, and evidence that our new ways are making a positive, sustainable difference. This wouldnt be so necessary if our business werent so important. We could risk failure with a good if untested idea if the stakes werent so high. But for us the mark is much higher because we are fooling with peoples minds, and the consequences of teaching poorly or teaching the wrong material are so catastrophic that we face a special obligation to make sure our new paradigm gets it right the first time.