President Barron says FSU in no position to offer free online learning classes

by Doug Blackburn, the Democrat

Florida State is not inclined to follow in the footsteps of a handful of the nation’s premier universities, which are making some of their online courses free and open to the public. Harvard recently announced that it was joining the ranks of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford, among others, by issuing certificates to tens of thousands of non-students who are taking their free, online classes. FSU President Eric Barron said six straight years of budget cuts have forced the university to focus its energy on retaining faculty and making sure enough classes are available for students. “I don’t know where we would find the resources to do this for free right now,” Barron said.

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