Why Scott Galloway Is Wrong About Higher Ed’s Big Tech Future | Inside Higher Ed

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There are a lot of smart people talking about higher education these days. One of these people is New York University’s Scott Galloway. His book The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google was one of my favorite reads of 2017.Still, I think Galloway is wrong about the big-tech future of higher education.
Sometimes smart people get it wrong.
Galloway’s “rant” (his description, not mine) on higher education, The College Implosion, and his recent interview in New York’s “Intelligencer” are good places to start. Here’s what he has to say:

Ultimately, universities are going to partner with companies to help them expand. I think that partnership will look something like MIT and Google partnering. Microsoft and Berkeley. Big-tech companies are about to enter education and health care in a big way, not because they want to but because they have to.

Galloway goes on to say, “People ask if big tech wants to get into education and health care, and I say no, they have to get into education and health care. They have no choice.”
There are two reasons that Galloway is wildly overestimating the future impact of big tech on big ed. The …

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