Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What Sebastian Thrun Has Learned at Udacity - Betsy Corcoran, EdSurge

Sebastian Thrun: That first Stanford class was a pivotal moment. We all realized that there were great people out there, all around the world, who deserved a chance at places like Stanford. Ever since, our mission at Udacity has been to democratize education…. When we decided to partner not with a university but with a company [namely, AT&T and later others including Google] we made this clear that we were really thinking about not just getting people into college but getting them into jobs. One of the key outcomes of education is to give them leverage to find work, and to personally benefit, to earn income. College was being criticized for being really, really expensive. And then, after you paid all that money, it still took you more than a year to find a job. So we created a program that gives people back their tuition if they don’t find a job in six months. I think that’s something everyone should do. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-25-what-sebastian-thrun-has-learned-at-udacity

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