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Stanford univercity to offer FREE online courses

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Slavik, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    All I can say is, about time a univercity took the opposite aproach, help the masses opposed to how much can they squeeze every student for.

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  2. Tempest

    Tempest Active Member

    Sounds pretty cool. I think I might check out the introduction to databases class.
     
  3. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Most Universities barely make back what classes cost from tuition.
     
  4. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yet go to sweden or finland and get a full univercity tuition for free.

    I am of the standing, if someone wants to have a higher education, they should be able to do so regardless of their background and if they can afford it or not.

    I never attended univercity myself, I left 6th form with A* in business studies, A* in economics, A+ in psycology and A in biology. I was offered all of the places I applied to, but decided against univercity as I had no idea what would be best for me to follow? biotechnology, law, business? If I were to take up a univercity course now... 4 years later what would I do? Still no idea. If i knew what I wanted to achieve in life I would be very happy, as I wouldn't be sat around running my own business with 3 employees, bored out my mind, I would have something to aim for.

    Yet people I went to 6th form with, an exact plan of what they wanted to do, couldn't go simply because they couldn't afford to go.

    Fair? No way.
     
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  5. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    The US is larger than both of those countries put together, and probably has more Universities. Also Universities are privately owned (Harvard for example is a corporation).

    Now, community college is more viable, and has been done (California for example use to have free community college till sometimes in the 80's iirc).
     
  6. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I am moaning generally about the UK univercities. In case you didnt know next year they will be allowed to charge students up to £9000 (nearly $15,000) PER YEAR. Not surprisingly, the majority of univercities have set their fees to this £9000 figure.

    Take a standard 4-6 year course. Could you afford to stump up $60,000-$90,000 of debt when you were 18?
     
  7. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    $15,000 is about the standard price for courses in the US for University as well.

    While free University is nice, how do you expect them to support themselves...? Again, tuition doesn't exactly cover their expenses in the first place (At least here).
     
  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    They should support themseleves by removing the horrific inefficiencies that plague the univercity system.

    However, as per other countries, univercity should be state funded or heavily subsidiesed for those who wish to go. Your financial background should make ZERO difference to your ability to have a good education.
     
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  9. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

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    Tempest Active Member

  11. grant sarver

    grant sarver Well-Known Member

    What does that mean? All? Some? Many?
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    All. Public education in the US stops at grade 12 aka Senior year of High School. All schooling after that is through privately owned Universities or Privately owned Trade Schools.
     
  13. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Not sure about community colleges however.
     
  14. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    Same, most are now extensions of the closest University.
     
  15. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The university I wanted to go to has a tuition rate of $43,160 meaning I'd have racked up $172,640 in tuition alone. I went someone much cheaper, but for reasons out of my control. You go where you love, and where you'll get a good education in your field.
     
  16. WyldFyre

    WyldFyre Member

    I'm sorry but I don't believe that for a second.
     
  17. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    They don't get the full tuition all at once, but over a period of time. Even factoring in all the students, the amount they take in can't be enough to run such a large institution.
     
  18. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Have you got any figures to back his up? I had a quick look and couldn't find a financial report for a handful of US univercities I tried.

    However, if you look for financial reports of uk univercities, nearly all of them are turning a significant profit.
     
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  19. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    US and UK universities are completely different :rolleyes:.

    Also, my statement is from talking to staff at a polytech here in CA this last spring while I was giving a presentation for my work. While it might be the same for all universities, it is probably likely for the majority.
     
  20. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    In all honesty, you say the majority of the universities in the us are privately owned. Do you not think its naive
    to think an independent company would be willing to run at a loss? If they are independently owned, then it is even more likely they are turning a profit than state owned ones.
     
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