Hello James; Thank you for your post. I think you captured a large part of my inspiration with " a more direct feedback loop ... [Creates an] efficient [system where] a student didn't study what the world didn't need" As an engineering undergraduate student I thought I was taking some courses that were mandatory to earn my degree but not applicable to what I wanted to do when I graduated. Meanwhile there were courses that met the needs of what I wanted to do; but did not even count as an elective towards graduation. That feeling of I am taking classes that I do not want or will use is part of what prompted the idea. I will take a look at the link because that proposal sounds very interesting as well.
Thank you Kate for the tip (I did what I could with that image) and sharing the other post. The other post sounds like a very advanced Capstone course which are excellent ways of taking everything we learn and apply it in a safe environment before leaving the educational system. I learned a great deal from those types of courses. My idea goes beyond one course though, its designing a very targeted 2-year or 4-year degree based on the desire to fix a problem. For instance in order to bring electricity to a town in a 3rd world country one class will not be enough. However if you create a degree that merges construction project management and electrical engineering then we forge a professional that can fix not only that problem but several others. A powerful goal will accompany that student through the educational journey. If the institution that personalizes the education can also bring that goal to fruition the possibilities opened by education will be endless.