Welcome To The Brave New World Of Higher Education
Aug17

Welcome To The Brave New World Of Higher Education

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence is being offered online this fall, free of charge, to “students” around the world. The introductory class is historically one of the largest at Stanford University, with about 200 students. In a YouTube overview of the online class, professor Sebastian Thrun explains that his goal is to have about 200,000 online students and make it “the largest online AI class ever...

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Student Loans, Private Universities and NPR

The factoid, from the June Harper’s Index, sent my blood pressure north and my fingers to the keyboard: Amount of federal money that went to National Public Radio in 2010: $2.7 million To Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University: $446 million WTH? It did not take long to find the source of the Liberty University funds: in March, according to U.S. Department of Education data, Liberty received more federal student aid dollars...

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For Profit Education

I teach (primarily) in a non-subsidized graduate program; in other words, our tuition includes no state subsidy. I have doubts about whether or not we should continue to call the University of Washington a “public” institution, since less than 50 percent of undergraduate tuition is subsidized by public dollars, if I remember my faculty briefings correctly. But we are not a private for-profit educational institution. It...

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