The quest of many educators to reform universities (either through open educational resources, encouraging greater adoption of social media, re-balancing faculty/learner control, redefining authority and (as a consequence) authoritative information) will happen, it seems, through economic pressures. Consider universities in California: “University of California, the nation’s leading public university, is being forced to cut its budget by $813 million — or 20%”. This budget cut is not being addressed through innovations in education (blended or online learning), but rather through hiring freezes and unpaid furloughs.
While we need to reconsider university systems, we don’t have a suitable vision formed yet. To say “use open educational resources” or, as I’ve done above, “teach courses online”, seems like very inadequate answers. A systemic view of change is required. And, at this point, we don’t have that.