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Monday, August 18, 2014

An ultra-low-cost college degree - Shai Reshef's recent TED Talk

Take a closer look at Shai Reshef's recent TED Talk.
 At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money).

An ultra-low-cost college degree
“We open the gates for every qualified student,” he says. “Any student from any part of the world with any Internet connection can study with us. We don’t use audio; we don’t use video; broadband isn’t necessary.” University of the People currently serves students from 143 countries, including Syria, the US, South Africa, Jordan and Nigeria.
Just last month, University of the People received full accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council — “the ultimate academic endorsement” — a milestone that only presses Reshef to work harder to open education up to more students. “We’ve demonstrated that our model works,” he says, “It’s our time now to scale up.”

“A new era is coming,” he says, “the disruption of the higher education model as we know it today — from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.” 

TED talk I think you will enjoy watching.