ASU and EdX take a Step in the Way of the Future

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

I may have been a bit more skeptical about ASU’s “New American University” rhetoric than the average bear back during the Goldwater days. I tried to resist poking fun at various foibles. Once. It didn’t suit me. Now however I am going to turn over a new leaf and give them props for doing something interesting. From the New York Times:

Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest universities, is joining with edX, a nonprofit online venture founded by M.I.T. and Harvard, to offer an online freshman year that will be available worldwide with no admissions process and full university credit.

In the new Global Freshman Academy, each credit will cost $200, but students will not have to pay until they pass the courses, which will be offered on the edX platform as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses.

“Leave your G.P.A., your SATs, your recommendations at home,” said Anant Agarwal, the chief executive of edX. “If you have the will to learn, just bring your Internet connection and yourself, and you can get a year of college credit.”

Man it is going to kill me to admit this but:

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