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More On Free And Accountable Higher Education Courses

February 1st, 2012

Op-ed: Can companies make higher ed free, more accountable?
A number of non-profit, as well as for-profit, web-based companies are starting to offer college-level courses for free, or close to free, to the public. For-profit StraighterLine will soon start offering the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a test that measures critical-thinking skills, to students. According to Washington Post pundit Jon Marcus, “Many traditional universities are afraid to administer it, so the fact that [StraighterLine founder Burke] Smith is embracing the test indicates that his company is comfortable in the glare of accountability.”