Online Learning Portals: Customizing Colleges Right Out of Higher Education?

Online Learning Portals: Customizing Colleges Right Out of Higher Education? 1

Lance Murphey for The Chronicle

At the U. of Memphis University College, Joe Rowell applied for academic credits with a portfolio based on his experience in starting and running a software company. "This kind of thing would be extremely useful in the workplace" in the hiring process, he says.

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Lance Murphey for The Chronicle

At the U. of Memphis University College, Joe Rowell applied for academic credits with a portfolio based on his experience in starting and running a software company. "This kind of thing would be extremely useful in the workplace" in the hiring process, he says.

Somewhere out there is an ambitious but frugal high-school graduate who wants to avoid a traditional college path. Maybe she has read Anya Kamenetz's DIY U or one of the other end-higher-education-as-we-know-it manifestoes that have circulated in recent years.

Her plan is to pursue an education Ă  la carte, spending as little money as possible. She'll use free online resources like MIT's OpenCourseWare project. She'll find workplace apprenticeships. If she needs