Interesting article from The Economist on Open University (UK).
FORTY years ago this month a radical innovation arrived in higher education. The new Open University (OU) began to admit students who did not have the qualifications to get into other institutions. Back then, OU lectures delivered remotely by hirsute professors, who dryly enumerated the laws of thermodynamics on late-night television, appealed only to the most dedicated of older people, determined to better themselves in their spare time. Yet in recent years more school-leavers holding respectable qualifications have signed up. The OU expects to recruit many more when proposed reforms to higher-education finance are enacted. It might even emerge as a model for other universities that once looked down on it.