A college education is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. Yet it's not always easy to get a feel for just what the actual course work is like before you send in that first tuition check. And with the price of each unit skyrocketing every year and deeper state higher education cuts all but certain, now may be the perfect time to take advantage of free courses online.
That's right. I said free. As in gratis. Costless. NO MONEY.
The Chronicle of Higher Education on Wednesday interviewed Taylor Walsh, the author of a book about higher education online, in an article called "Why Some Elite Colleges Give Away Courses Online." One commenter wrote:
"I wish these online courses had been available when I was choosing a college more than 50 years ago. They would have been valuable as an aid in determining the degree of difficulty I could expect in a course at an elite university."
Indeed. If you're hankering to sample the educational wares at two of our top local institutions, you're in luck: Here's one list that pegs Stanford and UC Berkeley as top sources for online courses.