Hi Deepak! Great initiative. I just finished an executive program at Stanford, 100% online and it was awesome. I agree that it's key to find a way to have universities on board. I think that, in the future, most universities will have the technology to provide online classes. If this is the case, perhaps universities can provide the courses directly to their students (instead of course ware). What is the benefit? In this case, universities will charge tuition and will thus have a financial incentive, coupled with what you said about costs (marginal costs are very low) and scalability. Students could also let universities know in advance how many courses they expect to take online, in this way universities can plan and enroll more students to make for the "loss" income. The benefit for low-income students will be that online credits should be way less expensive than normal credits (but will count as equal). It's a win-win. As additional information, each course I took at Stanford cost me $995.
Hi Izabela, great initiative! I like the video idea, and I'm sure it could drive a change in student behavior (and increase demand for community colleges). How can we work on the college side? I mean, colleges are a key stakeholder and for logical reasons they have a financial incentive to have a majority of 4-year students enrolled. How might we change their perception and behavior so that they also support and push the "go community" campaign?
I attended two community college, let me know if I can be of any help.
Hi Mohsin, thank you for your comment. You're right, community colleges are much less expensive. Moreover, for some reason (perhaps because they try to help students with less opportunities or because they are less competitive, but I don't have data to back this up), they tend to be more flexible with students, which really helps those who are working full-time.