I was sitting on a runway in Chicago today thinking Schencky thoughts as usual. Here was one.
If I were the CEO of Google... or the president of a small dying college, I would either start a college as part of my company or, better, buy or cooperate with one about to go out of business. The degree--a BS in Google whatever. Why not let the industry cooperate with an innovative college to create a problem based curriculum whose main purpose is to feed a company like Google employees?
Google of course is just an example. A degree in Intel whatever. A degree in Boeing whatever. Sure, we'll throw in humanities courses so these engineers have a soul. Just because you can make a really nifty microbe that can wipe out the planet doesn't mean you should. Sure, the college would insist the students get a little philosophy and history, not to mention an understanding of physics that is a little broader than how to put a transistor on a sheet of silicon.
But the building block model of learning is too slow to keep up with the cutting edge of the twenty-first century. Technology companies should grow their own. But to keep their people human, colleges could facilitate it.
What do you think? I personally nodded off just after having this thought... ;-)