The title of today’s entry sums up the question I’ve been trying to answer during Monday postings over the last several months. But it is also the title of one of the most intriguing books on the subject of the price of college: Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman’s Why Does College Cost So […]
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Back when I started my Degree of Freedom project, I heard word of a film in the making that would center on MOOCs which I later learned had branched out from that subject to more broadly discuss the current state of higher education. I’m guessing that Ivory Tower, a documentary currently doing the rounds at […]
That web site update I mentioned earlier will likely be finished over the weekend and for blog readers the only significant change will be that these entries will now appear on a specific blog page, rather than making up the entirety of the site. New pages focus on my upcoming book (which now looks slated […]
Apologies for the site being so up and down so much this week. This actually has nothing to do with the site update that’s underway (which I hope to have completed by the end of the weekend). Rather, a pair of unrelated server issues caused outages that stretched over a couple of highly frustrating days. […]
A couple of weeks back, I provided a back-of-the-envelope calculation that said the cost of college (even at the best schools ) should be no more than $15,000 per year or $60,000 for a full four-year degree program if the price of a post-secondary education had risen at the same rate as buying a home. I […]
Udacity sort of fell off the MOOC radar once they announced a change in plans to focus more on professional training than the total transformation of what it means to attend college. Initially, this re-orientation was greeted as an admission by the company that got the current MOOC ball rolling that massive open courses would […]
Returning to that continued Monday discussion of what new free learning tools might mean to students and parents staring down six-figure tuition bills (which allegedly buy a ticket to a better life), I read a story last week that clarifies why conversations containing the words “degree,” “diploma” and “college” seem to be so murky. The […]
Over the last couple of Monday’s I’ve started to address what my Degree of Freedom project might mean for students and parents trying to figure out what’s next for them as they think about applying, selecting and shelling out thousands for college. Questions regarding whether I worked as hard or learned as much during my […]
When people ask if my Degree of Freedom project actually involved taking dozens of free college courses, my answer usually hinges on what they mean by a “college course.” If you think of a college course as a unit of currency, for instance, one of 30 or so educational “payments” made towards a diploma from […]
The site seems to be drawing more readers whose interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of free learning is based around one of the questions I’ve been trying to answer over the last year: what do these new, no-cost resources mean for students (and their parents) contemplating their options in a […]
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