Dan Colman, openculture.com
During recent months, we’ve been busy enhancing what’s now a list of 700 Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: This master list lets you download free courses from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC…
A world of knowledge abundance… What to prioritize??
Student-loan delinquency skyrocketing, hitting “Danger Zone”
January 31, 2013
Most of us are have seen headlines about the burgeoning student-loan crisis. As of August, for instance, student loans had topped $914 billion — an increase of $10 billion in less than half a year, even as most debt was falling around the country. Still, we do not appear to have hit rock-bottom. A new report shows that student-loan delinquency rates have gone through the roof in recent years and that, even more troubling, we may be entering a “danger zone” in which the entire U.S. economy is at risk.
The report from FICO Labs shows that student-loan delinquencies saw a 22-percent increase in the past several years; the overall delinquency rate is now more than 15 percent.
The LA Times has more:
The worsening deliquency rate comes as loan balances surge. The average student-loan debt jumped to $27,253 last year, up 58% from $17,233 in 2005. By contrast, average credit-card and auto-loan balances declined during that period.
“As more people default on their student loans, their credit ratings will drop, making it harder for them to access new credit and help grow the economy,” [FICO Labs head Andrew] Jennings said. “Even people who stay current on their student loans are dealing with very large debts, which reduces the money they have available to spend elsewhere.”
Strike Debt has created a Debt Resistor’s Manual that you can read here.
It’s side project, Rolling Jubilee, has raised $552,682 to abolish $11,058,465 in debt.
In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program.
The universities — including Arizona State, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Arkansas system — will choose which of their existing online courses to convert to a massive open online course, or MOOC, in the new program, called MOOC2Degree.
The proliferation of free online courses from top universities like Harvard and Stanford over the past year has prompted great interest in online learning. But those courses, so far, have generally not carried credit.
“We’re taking the MOOC idea, but now it will be part of a degree program, not a novelty,” said Randy Best, the chairman of Academic Partnerships, a company that helps public universities move their courses online.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: More Tales from Universities in Bed with Big Corporations
They have been funding universities and faculty to publish favorable reports for years, but now Monsanto and their buddies from Big Chemical, the GMA, and Big Ag are quietly funding universities/paying faculty to squash the GMO Honest-Labeling campaign
Industry-Funded so-called *study* says Honest Labeling of GMOs will cause economic crisis
New ‘study’ from UC Davis about costs of GMO labeling funded by biotechnology industryMajor food and biotechnology corporations like Cargill and Monsanto really do not want to see genetically-modified (GM) food labeling laws passed this fall in California, or anywhere else for that matter, which is why they are continuing to hire corrupt scientists, researchers, and university academics to flesh out phony “studies” that make the implication that GMO labeling will create a type of food apocalypse in which nobody will be able to afford basic food essentials because of their exorbitant costs.
The latest bit of propaganda pushing such nonsense comes out of the University of California, Davis, where two professors recently put out an industry-funded study that claims that California’s Proposition 37 ballot measure, which will require labeling of GMOs at the retail level, will cost the food industry more than $1 billion. And this increased cost; they claim, will ultimately lead to higher food costs for consumers.
Entitled A Costly Regulation with No Benefits, the 48-page spin piece uses scare tactics and fear : http://responsibletechnology.org/resources/state-of-the-science.This gradual merging of corporations with academia is hardly surprising since corporations have been merging with the government for decades..It turns out that the UC Davis study, which reads more like pro-Monsanto marketing material, was actually funded by Monsanto and many other corporations that have contributed millions of dollars to the No on 37 campaign. As we reported on previously, the No on 37 campaign has been almost entirely funded by Monsanto, Cargill, Kellogg’s, Nestle, and a number of other corporate giants that for many years have been deliberately hiding unlabeled GMOs in the American food supply. (http://www.naturalnews.com)It is on the very first page of the UC Davis study where we learn that “work for this project was undertaken with partial funding from No on 37.”.So much for unbiased, independent research from an institution of higher learning. In essence, this statement shows that the UC Davis study is not even a study at all, but rather a No on 37campaign marketing piece disguised with academic credentials..To learn more about Prop. 37 and the grassroots efforts to get GMOs labeled, visit: http://www.carighttoknow.org/Sources: http://www.latimes.com; image-rmpjc.org
^ You can refer to this article to find out about all these FREE ONLINE CLASSES. But let me list them out anyways.
* As you know we are living in the ERA OF INFORMATION. thanks to Internet so don’t just use internet to kill time.
Immerse yourself in the ocean of WEB! Learn something and grow for fucking FREE.
Learning never stops until our last breaths because simply there are so many new/old interesting facts/things out there for us to explore and study in this world.
The best Professors from the world’s leading Universities are coming together to teach online FOR FREE!
The Faculty Project brings academia’s most outstanding professors to the computers, tablets and smartphones of people all over the world.
All courses will be free with open enrollment for anyone with an Internet connection.
* this is dope. i’ll be looking forward to this
* A frog sits on a U.S. dime in this photo taken by Louisiana State University herpetologist Christopher Austin near the Amau River in Papua New Guinea, in this Aug. 2009 photo released by Louisiana State University. (Louisiana State University / Christopher Austin)
* Well that just makes me an artist.