A provocative column on Georgia Tech’s $7,000 MS in computer science

Astute industry analyst Robert Cringely says that Georgia Tech’s $7,000 online MS in computer science is watered down, will cheapen the Georgia Tech brand, will earn Georgia Tech a lot of money, and may be the future of education.

The self-paced (typically three year) program is being developed with Udacity with the help of a $2 million grant from AT&T. They will start with 300 students, many of them AT&T employees, and hope to expand to 10,000 students while hiring only eight new instructors.

Cringley sees this as a recipe for a “crappy” degree, but says it will make a ton of money because professional degree students typically pay for their education while research students provide cheap teaching and research labor funded by grants.

via CIS 471: A provocative column on Georgia Tech’s $7,000 MS in computer science.

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