Google’s big step to disrupt and improve higher education

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  • A small piece of a large cake can be very filling.
  • Fortune favors the brave.
  • Technology has made things easier.

Bob Dylan sang: “For times that are changing.” That’s what I thought when I read that Google announced that they were going to start offering six-month courses to give people the skills to acquire jobs that are in demand. The cost? A staggering $ 300. All I can say is “It was about time.”

Like Alibaba CEO Jack Ma , I started my career as an English teacher. In 2008, I saw the writing on the wall with the change in the market and I reinvented myself. I read, listened, watched, attended, and absorbed every book, CD, and seminar that I could get my hands on to prepare for the second half of my career.

What frustrated me about the educational process was how slow it was to adjust to our rapidly changing world. Outside the walls of school, the Internet, smartphones, and social media have reshaped every aspect of our society. However, in the classroom, it was the same as always.

Then COVID-19 hit us like a ton of bricks and our gloves fell off.

Apple competed by revolutionizing the music industry, the mobile phone industry, the headphone industry and is now looking to take on the eyewear industry in 2021. Not to be left behind, Google has decided to take on a monopoly on higher education.

This is big. It is a 1.9 trillion dollar industry. If Google can cut just 1%, we are talking about $ 10 billion. I have no doubt that if they were successful in doing so, other companies would


ASU Provost Mark Searle announces plan to step down June 2021

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Arizona State University executive Vice President and University Provost Dr. Mark Searle, right, presents CNN anchor Anderson Cooper with the annual Cronkite award for excellence in journalism during a luncheon at the Sheraton in Phoenix on October 17, 2018. (Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)

Arizona State University Executive Vice President and Provost Mark Searle will step down from the position on June 30, 2021, university President Michael Crow announced on Wednesday in an email to students. 

Searle has held the position since November 2015 after serving as its interim in the seven months prior, Crow said. He’s expected to transition into a professor role at the university, assisting the president and next provost with “the implementation of strategic initiatives,” Crow said. 

“I am deeply grateful to Mark for the time, energy and expertise he has dedicated as university provost,” Crow said. “Our academic enterprise has been led to new heights under Mark’s leadership with record enrollment, student diversity and retention and graduation rates.”

“We have become a stronger, better university because of his unwavering commitment to excellence,” he continued.

According to ASU News, Searle told Crow in January he planned to step down next summer.

He first joined ASU in 1995 as the founding dean of the College of Human Services, according to ASU News. He went on to serve as provost of West campus, vice president for academic personnel and deputy provost and chief of staff to the provost. 

“It has been a true honor and privilege to serve at ASU during such a phenomenal time of growth and achievement,” Searle told ASU News. “Over the last decade and a half, ASU has grown into such a strong community of scholars, educators and public servants that share a common commitment to our charter. And that commitment has been nothing