Transforming Education.

5 Questions from the Dallas Morning News

So, are you and President Obama now on the same page? In his State of the Union address and during a later speech at the University of Michigan, he more or less put universities on notice. Washington will pay attention to how well they spend money and how much they charge students.

That’s the first question from a Q&A I had last week with the Dallas Morning News's “Education Front” blog. Suffice it to say, my short answer was “no”—cost efficiencies best come from the ground up (innovative, disruptive movements and technologies), not top-down federal mandates.

I was also asked by the Dallas Morning News:

  • How would teaching methods lower tuition? And what examples do you have in mind?
  • How would efficient teaching be measured? And how would you measure the “value” a professor adds to a student?
  • What role should research play in a university’s life? (
  • What do you plan to do next with your ideas, including those in the Seven Breakthrough Solutions?

Visit the post if you’re interesting in my answers to these questions, and also see this Transforming Education post, which addresses a few of these topics further.