MIT for Everyone?

By Beryl Benderly, Science Careers Blog

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, perhaps the world’s most celebrated and prestigious scientific and technological university, is also among the hardest to get into. But now, according to an announcement made on 19 December, anyone anywhere in the world who has an Internet connection, the requisite intellectual ability and determination, and enough money to pay a “modest fee” can earn credentials showing “mastery” of coursework bearing the nonpareil imprimatur of MIT. This new program, known for the time being at least as MITx, will expand on MIT’s existing OpenCourseWare initiative, which for a decade has made “virtually all MIT course content,” including syllabi, notes, exams, and more freely available online.

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