Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …
News from Daily Californian:
UC President Janet Napolitano spoke about tuition hikes, the university’s response to sexual assault, the increasing number of out-of-state students in the system and online education during a webchat with UC alumni and the public Thursday.
The Google Hangout was the third in a series of conversations with particular groups in the UC community. The first, in January, addressed students specifically, and the second was held with employees. The latest hour-long webchat included questions from a panel of representatives from the alumni community as well as the general public.
Julia Lee, a 2013 graduate of UC Riverside, asked Napolitano what her plans were to minimize potential tuition and fee increases. Napolitano said that though the university has frozen tuition for three years in a row, she couldn’t promise there would never again be a tuition increase. However, she said tuition is still relatively low.
“If you compare the full sticker price to an elite private university, you get a four-year education for what you would pay for freshman year at comparable schools,” she said.
Tuition increases may be discussed at the next UC Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17 and 18.
UC alumnus and parent Sherry Nealon expressed her concerns about safety on campus, especially for female students. Napolitano replied by saying the university was taking s…………… continues on Daily Californian
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Online education company edX offering free high school courses
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The online-learning collaborative edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students.
Edx plans to unveil its first free classes for younger students Wednesday, when most of the new courses will open for enrollment. The 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions — including MIT, Georgetown and Rice universities, the University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Weston Public High School.
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The online classes, available to anyone in the world, will cover such subjects as computer science, calculus, geometry, algebra, English, physics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, French, history, statistics, and psychology.
To date, edX has offered only college-level courses. And, while a smattering of high school-level massive open online courses exist, company officials said edX is the first provider of so-called MOOCs to offer a…………… continues on Boston Globe
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