Snow in January

The Sunday New York Times had a special section called “Education Life.” One article, “Career U.,” describes some of the changes we might expect in university education. For example, the president of the University of Michigan was surprised (to put it mildly) when she learned five years ago that 10% of incoming freshmen, some 600, had started their own businesses while in high school. She and her colleagues responded by creating about 100 entrepreneurship courses. The article tickles our imagination by describing a few of the more inventive new master’s programs:

  1. Learning to listen. (Narrative medicine.)
  2. Homeland security.
  3. Cybersecurity.
  4. Urban environment. (Sustainability.)
  5. Sustainable cultures. (Beyond environmental sustainability.)
  6. Education leadership.
  7. Cars of the Future.
  8. Construction management. (Hmmm, I got one of those from Cornell in 1966, with the diploma coming by mail to Hue, South Vietnam, where I was doing, yes, construction management for the U.S. Navy. What goes around comes around, I guess.)
  9. Specialized MBAs. (E.g., market research, energy, pharmaceutical management, wine and spirits at ESSEC B-school near Paris.)
  10. New media.

All in all, a worthwhile read.

[Above, snow, 3 January 2010—about a 2-foot accumulation.]

Tom Peters posted this on January 5, 2010, in Education.
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