Free College Credit

TitleFree College Credit
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFunke, RD, Boxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Date Published08/2012
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , education
AbstractThe increase of online courses and the rise of adjunct professorships (whose salary can cost as much as 2/3 less than a tenured professor) has been on the rise the last few years. These shifts, at least in part, can be attributed to the financial benefits thee strategies offer universities. However, these benefits do not come without serious concerns. Administrators, educators, and even students were interviewed and indicated serious concerns about the decline in the quality of education available to students through these shifts in the modern American university model. And unfortunately, these cost saving strategies do not appear to have trickled down to the prime consumers of university offerings—the students. Some universities are also offering free online courses, and allowing students to receive certificates of completion to evidence mastery of these courses. However, Students may still have an incentive to pay for their education in order to enjoy the full university experience and prestige associated with a traditional university degree. But free degrees may be the next wave of higher education as students struggle to gain the knowledge necessary to succeed and universities seek to truly serve their mission to provide affordable, quality education to the masses. However, as universities break from decades or even centuries of tradition, at least in terms of management and compensation, many question the value of an education provided without classrooms and professors.
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