Notes in the Margins: India, competency and religious universities

Revolution Hits the Universities Nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms that are being developed by the likes of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies like Coursera and Udacity. (The New York Times)

College Degree, No Class Time Required The University of Wisconsin will offer a bachelor’s to students who take online competency tests. (The Wall Street Journal)

Dartmouth’s unresearched swipes at AP College professors tell me they don’t believe AP teachers can match the erudition and depth of published experts in their fields, like themselves. When I point out that many of the high school teachers they are complaining about have more experience and more demonstrated success teaching introductory college courses to teenagers than they do, they change the subject. (The Washington Post)

Religious universities work to welcome all students Many schools with religious affiliations provide support for and acceptance of students of different beliefs. (USA Today)

In India, a Rise of Private Universities and Liberal Arts Programs According to the report, since 2008 India has seen a 40-percent increase in students choosing to enroll in private universities instead of public schools, which require students to choose a discipline for admission (and are increasingly difficult to get into). Private universities offer more choice, but they come at a much higher price. (The New York Times)