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Unbundling Education, An Updated Framework

This is the new version of the popular diagram revealing the value propositions of post-secondary education.   The update is for my upcoming chapter in Stretching the Higher Education Dollar, a book compiled by Kevin Carey, Education Sector, and Andrew Kelly, American Enterprise Institute.  If you’re interested in the book, please leave a comment.

The theme of the chapter is that schools spend a lot of time and resources on things that are about to get eaten by scalable internet technologies.  To bring down the cost of school, schools will have to acknowledge this and reposition, adding value where there is light blue, and relegating the dark blue areas to the Internet.  Obviously, it’s more messy than this.  But this is a good way to think about isolated value propositions as an entrepreneur, and what services and value propositions schools should find a renewed focus on.

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A Diagram of Twelve Services of an Education

Twelve Services make up most of the value proposition of School, listed here in the order that technology can replace them. Can the whole thing be replaced?

7 Responses to “Unbundling Education, An Updated Framework”

  1. Rob Castellucci June 5, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Nice post Michael. Where do you feel the Schools App sits on this diagram? Transformative experience mostly, some content loop perhaps? Applicable sections and subsections for a software like that would be helpful for me to chew on this. And very interested in the book, let me know where I can get a copy, thanks!

  2. woyengiduamo kakiri June 5, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Need a copy please

  3. Theo Bakker June 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Hello Michael,

    I’m very interested in your book. I’ve developed a similar model for administrative processes I’d like to share with you. Could you please let me know if you’re interested and where I could send it to?

    Theo Bakker,
    Senior Manager Education @ Deloitte

    • mpstaton August 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Hi Theo,

      Sorry for the delay. I’m very interested. My email is my twitter handle at gmail….

      Looking forward to it.



  4. Jeff August 30, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Hi Michael – I’m interested in the book, and would like to read more about the thinking behind this graphic. Thank you. – Jeff Dunn @jgdunn

  5. Mark Mohler September 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Very interested in the book.


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