Monday, March 15, 2010

Lowering Higher Education Costs

Popping the higher education bubble speaks of the positive trends that are happening that could lower higher education costs: Credit-by-exam; open education resources; use of online courses and materials; etc. What can policymakers do to accelerate this change?

For example, state colleges and universities should be required to place instructional content and course information online for free, and to offer their registered students the opportunity to take courses online, for credit, at reduced cost. They should also expand credit-by-exam options.
In Texas, we have a significant amount of coursework based around the 'core' - basic academic courses for a core-based distribution requirements. All such courses could or should be made available as 'credit-by-exam' courses in community colleges.

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