Could You Get A Bachelor’s Degree For Free

In the most recent years, there have been a lot of startups that have utilized technology in an effort to open educational access to more of the population. Last month, the direct of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy created a memorandum which would direct federal agencies to increase free public access to federally funded scientific research. This allowed an opportunity for many to enter into new territory within the realms of higher education. This would be the first effort from the federal government for this type of projects. By moving the resources away from fee based websites, it means that it will make them more available for the public and those who are beyond the realms of universities and campuses. The goal will be to provide students with the resources that they need from higher education without them having to deal with some of the costs. It is a good way to offset the costs that are being posted with rising tuition.

January revealed a startup that was launching an expansion of efforts. Udacity is a provider of online courses which has recently announced a partnership with San Jose State University that will offer college credit for certain classes that are available on Udacity's website. Before this point, the startup was only able to provide courses that were not directly accredited. A 2012 report from the Pew Research Center entitled "The Future of Higher Education" examined what may be the internet's role in higher education. One of the report's facilitators was noted as saying "Our method is to pose the future as scenarios and have people who are experts pick which scenario is more likely to occur. Since we did this research, there have been a number of prominent innovations of people who care about higher education. The environment is in transition." The report provided information about economic concerns, student and parent demands, and opportunity and how these elements correlated to forcing higher education to evolve towards newer teaching methods.

Out of those who were surveyed, sixty percent agree that by 2020 there is going to be a "mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources… a transition to hybrid classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings." As a result, the director of the Institute for the Future Research believes that there's no reason that students shouldn't eventually be able to access the content needed to earn a bachelor's degree for free. The director noted that there are many other elements that are necessary to consider in education, such as the social component, the basic research, and core values. In that consideration, the education online would have to adapt to these points in order to provide them free for everyone in an internet format that the public would be able to refer to whenever they wanted. Though many institutions are considering the adaption of online programs in order to meet current expectations, including providing the previously mentioned points, there are still kinks to work out in the system if it is to succeed.

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