In this week’s episode you will hear
In the News (13:45) : In this week’s “In the news segment, a June 29th, 2021 Harvard Crimson article by Nate Herpich looks at why 2U bought Edx for 800 million dollars, what changes does 2U plan on making, and how will the money from the sale be used.
Mark and Dave explain who Edx and 2U are. They discuss many of the frequently asked questions that this article tackles. Online courses are growing and this purchase of Edx by 2U will not only help bridge the gap between well-resourced and under-resourced students but it will allow Edx to stay cutting edge with their offerings for all students.
Edx has been around since 2012 when MOOC (Massive Open-Online courses) really took off but in recent years it has fallen behind Coursera. This purchase by 2U is going to help learners from all income brackets.(Length 11 minutes)
This week’s question (24:14) Mark and Lisa answer the following question: “Our son loves computer science and programming but also is a voracious reader of literature, history and pretty much everything. We’ve only recently learned about 3+2 programs where a student could do a few years at a liberal arts college and then finish up at a university for CS. Have you done an episode on this topic? If not, we’d be interested in hearing more! If you can couple that with a discussion of the schools that participate (seems like Dartmouth and Columbia team up a lot), that would be great. Also, I can’t tell if students apply as incoming freshmen or have to apply once they get to the liberal arts school?
This week’s interview (45 minutes) Mark interviews Eric Furda, who spent over 25 years in high level leadership at both Columbia and Penn. This will be a three-part interview.
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (56:54) Dr. Lisa Rouff shares another great resource she introduced Mark to named, Corsava. It is a card sort online test that helps identify the qualities in a college each student will thrive at. Mark and Lisa have Corsava subscriptions and we use this test with all of the students that we counsel. Students enjoy this and it takes only about 12 minutes. https://corsava.com/
College Spotlight (1:10:37) : Our college Spotlight goes to Spokane Washington to do a deep dive on Gonzaga University https://www.gonzaga.edu/
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