Some of the nation's top colleges also have extension programs, which were originally conceived as a way for working adults and members of the community to take open enrollment courses to develop skills or simply to further their education.
Things are different today, and that is a good thing.
You may have read recently that former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon is suing the NCAA because this so-called nonprofit organization which makes billions of dollars in sales per year doesn’t see fit to share that revenue with the college athletes whose names appear on jerseys, T-shirts, and all sorts of other paraphernalia. O’Bannon seems to have this absolutely crazy notion that maybe the college athletes that generate the billions of dollars in revenue for the NCAA should get a small piece of the action.
I came across a very interesting operation called InstaEDU that I think would have immediate value for students. Generally speaking I’m not a huge fan of most tutoring websites. I just don’t feel most outfits do a good job in terms of recruiting their tutors. After all, it is not as if there’s a certification process to be a tutor.
But InstaEDU stands out, and I’m very impressed with their approach. They draw their tutors from the very top universities in the United States, with a disproportionate number coming from the top 25 schools in the country. I like that. What I also really love about this website is that students can (and do) review their experience with the tutor, and those student reviews are public. No matter what you need tutoring in – say math, science, or history – you have a lot of options for who you want to work with. This company is doing a lot of things I look for in academic startups – they place students first, give students plenty of choices, and will do what it takes to make you happy if you are not satisfied with your tutor.
I love competition, and here the tutors are working to be the best because they are rated. To be frank with you, this is the most innovative tutoring website I’ve come across in a long time, and it’s well worth your time checking it out. They’ve also received some very good press lately, and I wish they had been around when I was in college. Check these folks out and let me know what you think!
Just when it seems as though Big Time Athletics cannot yet rear its ugly head again (see: Penn State) here we have Rutgers University President Dr. Barchi refusing to ask for the resignation of his new AD, Julie Hermann. Never mind that Hermann allegedly abused her players, and that every player of her 1996 volleyball team alleges abuses and behavior that are antithetical to any academic institution. For Rutgers, it seems to be par for the course, and with each passing day of this sad saga, we see the value of a Rutgers degree tarnished by the lack of leadership, due diligence, and common sense so lacking in university presidents and chancellors.