Why MIT Decided to Give Away All Its Course Materials via the Internet

The great landmarks of higher education in the United States -- the establishment of land-grant colleges in the mid- 19th-century and the GI Bill at the close of World War II -- spread knowledge and opportunity across our landscape on an unprecedented scale. As we have progressed from World War II to the age of the World Wide Web, we have built a system of higher education that is the envy of the world, and we have