Amid other astounding proposals, President Obama recently proposed universal two-year college educations for Americans. This likely would mean an associates degree from a local community or technical college. It will also likely be as free as your health insurance.
The good news is you do not have to wait on Washington. A free college education is now available from one of the finest Universities in the world, and it’s not limited to a two year term.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made virtually every course available to the public – at no cost. It’s called Open Course Ware – check it out now. The only requirements are that you have a computer, be able to read, and know basic math skills. That means it is open to just about everyone. Note – I’ve heard some sensitive nuclear engineering classes are redacted.
Here are some of the department offerings available:
Here are some classes in the political science department:
Everything is there, including graduate level classes.
When you open a class you get:
Notes, lectures, tests are all there. For a full experience you would probably need to purchase textbooks and other materials. The drawback is that even if you complete a full course load, you will not receive a degree. However, you will get the benefit of free information. It’s like auditing classes, but for free.
Take a look around and see if you find classes of interest. Yours truly may explore a few subjects. You do the same – have fun and learn something new!