The closing keynote by Burck Smith focused on mega-trends for the future.
Non-accredited institutions are muscling in to the same teaching space occupied by accredited institutions.
Accreditation has been a kind of monopoly allowing those on the inside to keep their tuitions high.
With the falling cost of course delivery thanks to distance education, profits have been fattening for the accredited, but at high cost to students.
In the next chapter, the competition from the players outside the accredited sphere are likely to make deeper inroads into diploma space, offering certificates instead.