Here’s How Higher Education Dies

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A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down.

What does the slide look like?

  • Adam Harris
  • The Atlantic

Maybe higher education has reached its peak.

Chinese students study in a building at a university in Beijing on May 30, 2013. China's ruling Communist Party has called for greater political instruction for young university teachers, the education ministry has said. AFP PHOTO/WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry—the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are now facing major budget cuts and the smaller, less-selective private colleges that have exorbitant sticker prices while the…

Higher ed is often described as a bubble—and much like the housing market in 2008, the…

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