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The #1 thing college students want | Todd Rose for Big Think

Former Harvard professor and best-selling author Todd Rose explains the problem with prestigious colleges and how the future of higher ed could be bright.

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Education is and always will be the great equalizer – the best vehicle for enabling people to actually live the kind of lives they want to live.

What people don’t want is essentially the education system we have right now. A standardized system with standardized assessments, leading to standardized outcomes that treats every kid exactly the same.

But here’s the good news – there are incredible institutions of higher education who are giving us a vision of what the future of higher education will be. They are doing things that are modularized, individualized, customized using credentials instead of diplomas, to create better signals for employers.

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About Todd Rose:
Todd Rose is the co-founder and president of Populace, a think tank committed to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling lives in a thriving society. Prior to Populace, he was a faculty member at Harvard University where he founded the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality and directed the Mind, Brain, and Education program. Todd is the best selling author of Collective Illusions, Dark Horse, and The End of Average. He lives in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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