Universities are SLOWLY starting to offer classes and degrees on "Big Data" or "Data Science."
But then Microsoft came along and offered this.
This speaks to an idea I had wherein there would be a certification system ran by the government that would allow you to test to get degree equivalents, much like a GED, but for specific college degrees. I even thought about profiting off of it offering classes much like COMPTIA and other companies do. But the problem is the private sector (surprise surprise) is already actively offering such a product/service, AT LEAST FOR FIELDS THAT MATTER AND HAVE ECONOMIC VALUE.
The real issue is how do we obsolete the need to attend college and university for worthless LIBERAL ART DEGREES and thus (not only save millions of kids every year from financial servitude), but kill off the marxist, anti-freedom academic left once and for all?
And the answer is we can't.
As I've explained before, most students pursue liberal arts and humanities degrees NOT as investments, but as consumer goods. They are paying for "the college experience" and never had any intention of their degree being useful, employable, or rigorous. It is just one big entitlement, birthright, and party America's dumber high school students demand to be entitled to, and even if there was an "GED/certificate equivalent" (or heck, the library) they are still going to sign away on the dotted line to pay $200,000 for a worthless degree.
In short, there is no way to leverage technology, the internet, and online classes to provide a superior and cheaper educational alternative for liberal arts and humanities degrees because the people who pursue these degrees are NOT interested in cost, value, or ROI. They are paying for an incredibly expensive experience, much like a 4 year spa treatment or 4 year vacation.
The sooner you realize the economic nature of liberal arts degrees are CONSUMER GOODS the sooner the insanity of the academic left will make sense.