Dan brings this to my attention, Minnesota is not allowing Universities, Colleges or other degree granting institutions to offer their residents free online classes unless they first jump through a few hoops and pay a registration fee.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the state has decided to crack down on free education, notifying California-based startup Coursera that it is not allowed to offer its online courses to the state’s residents. Coursera, founded by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, partners with top-tier universities around the world to offer certain classes online for free to anyone who wants to take them. You know, unless they happen to be from Minnesota.
It seems that the state of Minnesota wants the degree granting institutions to be approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education first so that Minnesota residents can be assured they aren’t wasting their time. When pointed out that the classes were free George Roedler, manager of institutional registration and licensing at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, stated, “We don’t want them wasting their time either.” However Facebook and WoW seems to not be a concern on that part.