Dear Commons Community,
Earlier this year, Christine Ortiz, a dean at MIT, announced that she would be leaving to start a new brick and mortar university in the Boston area that would focus on project-based learning and interdisciplinary work. No classrooms, no lectures, and no academic departments. In cooperation with The Chronicle of Higher Education, she outlines her vision for a new university through a series of podcasts. Her vision is interesting and provocative. As someone who works in an interdisciplinary program, I support her approach fully. Whether she can find the start-up financing and support for such an endeavor remains to be seen.
Worth a listen!