Georgia Tech degrees on the cheap

From Inside Higher Ed:

The Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a $7,000 online master’s  degree to 10,000 new students over the next three years without hiring much more  than a handful of new instructors.

Georgia Tech will work with AT&T and Udacity, the 15-month-old Silicon  Valley-based company, to offer a new  online master’s degree in computer science to students across the world at a  sixth of the price of its current degree. The deal, announced Tuesday, is  portrayed as a revolutionary attempt by a respected university, an education  technology startup and a major corporate employer to drive down costs and expand  higher education capacity.

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Georgia Colleges is published and edited by Jonathan Grant, an Atlanta-based author whose works include the award-winning The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (University of Georgia Press). He is currently developing a guidebook to Georgia colleges for parents, students, and educators.

Grant graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and bureau chief with The Macon Telegraph and served as a Georgia state government spokesman for several years.

He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Judy, and two children–a college freshman and a high school senior. Actively involved in community affairs, he has served as a PTA president, a local school council member, and as a soccer coach for twelve seasons.