From Carpe Diem:
A few days ago, I reported on how MITx could revolutionize higher education by offering free online classes, along with a new benefit: credentials. Beginning this spring, students will be able to take free online courses from MIT, and if they prove they’ve learned the material through an assessment, they can pay a fee and receive a certificate from MITx.
In a related recent development, Felix Salmon and The [...]
The Number of Ph.D.s on Public Aid Triples in U.S.
Elliott Stegall, 51 and father of two, has been pressed financially as he pursues his graduate degree and teaches two English college courses a semester. By SUSANNA KIM May 9, 2012 The life of an academic who pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and lives off stipends and scholarhips is becoming more financially treacherous. A skyrocketing number of Americans [...]
Late last night, in a shameful example of editorial cowardice, the Chronicle of Higher Education fired Naomi Schaefer Riley. Naomi is a good friend of mine, a sometimes contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, and a fine writer. And the story of what happened to her is highly instructive.
Naomi joined the Chronicle’s “Brainstorm Blog” a little over a year ago. It was a good hire—she’s written two insightful books on academia, God on the Quad and The Faculty [...]
Higher education fails to provide students “good value” for the money they and their families spend, more than half of U.S. adults said in a survey.
The debate over higher education’s value “has been triggered not just by rising costs but also by hard economic times,” according to a report released yesterday by the Washington-based Pew Research Center. The organization, an independent research group funded by Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, surveyed [...]