Glenn Beck, the conservative Fox News commentator, is now offering his views in the form of an online university.
Mr. Beck’s effort is the latest in a slew of online “universities” run by celebrities. Bootsy Collins, the legendary bassist, kicked off Funk University this month, and Donald Trump, the business mogul, gave Trump University its start in 2005.
None of these institutions offer credit for their courses—just a promise of enlightenment for those willing to pay.
At Beck University, the focus is on “the concepts of faith, hope and charity” and “how they influence America’s past, her present, and, most importantly, her future,” says Mr. Beck’s announcement of the online institution.
Mr. Beck—who dropped out of Yale University after taking one course—has called in some experts to help teach the classes (on topics including U.S. government, history, and economics). Among the visiting lecturers listed on Mr. Beck’s site are James R. Stoner, Jr., a professor of political science at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge; David L. Buckner, who heads a consulting and training firm and is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s Teachers College; and David Barton, the founder and president of the Christian advocacy organization WallBuilders who is best known for his argument that the early founders of the United States did not intend any separation of church and state.
Enrollment in the controversial commentator’s new venture costs $6.26 per month, for those who sign up for a 12-month subscription to Insider Extreme, which provides access to Mr. Beck’s exclusive video content. A point of comparison: The students who enrolled in Donald Trump’s foray into business education forked over thousands of dollars to Trump University. After complaints and a class-action lawsuit, the company changed its name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, according to the New York Daily News.