7 Things You Need to Know About 2013

Online education is going to blow up.
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Online education is going to blow up.

"Education is at a major crossroads in terms of the exorbitant cost and the lack of direct correlation to improved life outcomes," says Amish Jani of FirstMark Capital in New York City. In other words, expect to see lots of innovation in this space. Andy Hines, a futurist who teaches at the University of Houston, sees opportunities in online programs for professional certifications and in "catch up" degree programs for people who started college but didn't graduate. "The percentage of people who graduate has been flat for a long time," Hines says. "If we could reach that huge body of people in limboland, we could see a nice boost."