Sunday, September 10, 2017

Free Online University of California Education for All Aims for Ballot - Dennis Romera, LA Weekly

The University of California system has 10 campuses, 150 academic disciplines and 600 graduate degree programs. An Orange County real estate broker wants to add tens of thousands of online courses to that list. And he wants to make them available to the public. For free. The Bernie Sanders–style proposal, officially submitted this week to the California attorney general as a potential ballot initiative, is clearly a long shot. But its author, Boyd Roberts of Laguna Beach, thinks people will be so enthused by the prospect of getting a world-class education on their laptops for no cost that they'll come out in droves to help him get the measure on the November 2018 ballot. "The first thing it does is establish the right of the public to access publicly owned higher education," he says. "More specifically, it gives them the right to audit all publicly owned higher education online."

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