A thought provoking article in the Guardian today asks if Peter Horrocks, the new vice-chancellor of the Open University, is a visionary who will save the Open University – or the man who will run it into the ground? Horrocks has stated that platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn are a potential threat to the future of the university and has warned also that what happened to newspapers could happen to universities. Critics fear that the current management is running the university down and they cite recent course closures, job cuts, the closure of seven regional academic centres and the poor satisfaction results from the most recent national student survey as evidence. While Horrocks argues that much of the savings will go to being 'the university of the cloud' and to FutureLearn, the university's online course platform, this too is beset by controversy with academics arguing that the university is promoting its competitors and repackaging the university as a media platform. Read more by following the link below to the Guardian.
The end of the OU as we know it?