Friday, December 9, 2016

A Faster, Cheaper Master's Degree - From MIT To Boot - Kirk Carapezza, WGBH

Top colleges and universities around the world are partnering with edX - MIT and Harvard’s online learning platform - to offer MicroMasters. There’s User Interface Design from the University of Michigan, Entrepreneurship from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, and Artificial Intelligence from Columbia University. Industry leaders - including General Electric, Walmart, IBM, and Volvo - who say they can't find enough qualified candidates, are looking for these very specialized skills. To some degree, they’ve all recognized MicroMasters, saying they will consider applicants who master the work online. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is also embracing the idea. "We need kind a revolution in higher education to make it more accessible, more affordable, and we need to have far higher success rates," said Chris Gabrieli, chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

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