Free college courses . . .
The Saylor Foundation offers a set of free and open college level courses in General Education, Biology, Business Administration and other subjects. At a time when people are beginning to think a bit more deeply about the concept of accreditation, I find the following quote from their web site interesting: Because we are not accredited, you will not earn a college degree or diploma; however, our team of experienced college professors has designed each course so you will be able to achieve the same learning objectives as students enrolled in traditional colleges.
This is different . . .
Publicly sponsored branding and positioning assistance for universities. Distinct is a non-profit initiative funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The aim is to help England’s colleges develop “distinctive and compelling institutional identity”.
Lawrence Summers on College Education . . .
Another alliance . . .
Another set of colleges has formed an alliance to improve the purchasing power to drive down the costs of textbooks: The End of the Textbook as we Know it and Five Universities to Test Bulk-Purchasing of E-Textbooks in Bid to Rein In Costs