Finding the Right Metaphor for Higher Education

Around the turn of the century Millenials started going to college. At about the same time, a national conversation sprung up about how higher education seemed to have suddenly become a commodity. Education had become a product and students had become consumers.

Defenders of the consumer model of higher education argue that it gives students power. Instead of being mice in a maze of an institution’s design, powerless to define the goals of their own education, students have become more like riders in an Uber, not only determining their own…