Do US students attend PSE to network more than learn?

April 8, 2016

Why are more US students competing for spots in elite colleges when they can access thousands of college-level courses for free online? The answer, argues Andrew Yang in Forbes, is that these students are more interested in building face-to-face networks with other intelligent, enterprising people than they are in what they learn. This desire to network goes beyond professional ambition, Yang adds, for today’s top institutions “don’t confer lessons. They confer a brand, a network, a credential, friends, a personal life, a residential experience, a set of opportunities and a sense of self. In short, an identity.” It is for reasons like these, he concludes, that low-cost online learning will not threaten enrolments at America’s elite schools anytime soon. Forbes