My name is Heidi and I am currently pursuing a dual degree Master of Information Science, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction, and Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and I received my B.A. from Swarthmore College. I am a versatile learner driven by a passion for design and the power it has in impacting society at large. I aspire to be a multidisciplinary designer that wears many hats.
What an interesting example, Irene! This reflects to some degree what the common scenario is now for students who have to take out enormous loans, and then pay them back incrementally after graduation, but this model makes so much more sense. It gets rid of the confusing and daunting process of signing your soul to loans, and it doesn't tack on a ridiculous interest rate. Really interested to see what ideas emerge out of this provocation!
Nice precedent, Morgan! I wasn't aware of this type of partnership happening, but it's encouraging to see. I just wonder what's incentivizing a company like Starbucks to do this if the employees aren't obligated to stay and work for them after. Are they doing this out of sheer good will? It would also be cool to see companies making the investment for more than just online programs. I know of graduate programs that currently do this for employees, whether part-time or full-time, but wouldn't it be great if undergraduate ones did too?