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The future of the university

Tom P. Abeles (Editor of On the Horizon.)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 27 September 2011



The purpose of this paper is to discuss the cost of basic or textbook knowledge that is asymptotically approaching zero.


New ways to access such knowledge and to receive academic credit are challenging the mature academic institutions and acting as a disruptive innovation.


These alternatives will create competitive models, some current institutions will fade or be absorbed and the present institutions will/are undergoing substantive changes in what is delivered and how and what will emerge as the new value proposition.


This knowledge is both fungible and transferable across geo‐political boundaries including the walls of the Ivory Tower.



Abeles, T.P. (2011), "The future of the university", On the Horizon, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 239-244.



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