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How to give young people a free college education (and no, its not a MOOC)

The Ideas Arcade

What if you could use the free cultural resources of a city, plus the web and shards of donated time from academics, to create a “free university”? – what if you could draw together what’s already out there into a series of undergraduate/college level courses for young school-leavers and workers who would otherwise be priced out of the higher education market altogether?

That’s what Jonny Mundey and Barbara Gunnell set out to do when they founded IF: This University is Free.

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  • Liz Dwyer

    This sounds like a great initiative, but employers use college degrees as a gatekeeping tool--a sorting mechanism. No, the only reason to get more education isn't so you can get a job, but if that's how higher ed is being used, what happens when someone wants to get a job and an employer says "Okaaay, but you don't have a college degree," to the applicant?

    • The Ideas Arcade

      We agree! - it is a problem. But we also think that the more great initiatives offering a high quality and respected alternative there are out there, the more likely it is that established norms can start to change - and alternative education routes become more accepted.