e-Literate is a hobby weblog about educational technology (a favorite here at Startl) posted a fascinating history and analysis of universities and community colleges and the economics of offering free and pay online courses.
Are online course offerings economically sustainable for institutions?
…the U.S. Department of Education believes all online learning should be less expensive for students and considers lowering federal financial aid eligibility for those taking online courses.
The piece by Jim Farmer is a must read.
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