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Online Education vs. the State of Minnesota

Posted by Clark Bunch on October 19, 2012

E-mail was taking off in the late 90’s and the Post Office saw a decrease in physical mail.  One of the early chain e-mail scams was about the Post Office planning to charge a per message fee for email, in order to replace lost revenue.  That was a hoax; this is real.

Minnesota does not prevent citizens from obtaining a degree or taking classes online.  But it does require any school offering degree programs or even classes to register with the state.  The fee varies and renewal costs $1,200 per year.  EVEN for classes offered online for free and no degree is given.  Why would a school pay Minnesota to give away online classes?  I understand why the state would impose fees; that’s to replace revenue lost by state schools.

Read this article from Slate, Minnesota Bans Coursera.  

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