For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.
The program will not allow students to earn an M.I.T. degree.
Instead, those who are able to exhibit a mastery of the subjects taught
on the platform will receive an official certificate of completion. The
certificate will obviously not carry the weight of a traditional M.I.T.
diploma, but it will provide an incentive to finish the online material.
According to the New York Times,
in order to prevent confusion, the certificate will be a credential
bearing the distinct name of a new not-for-profit body that will be
created within M.I.T.
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