‘We Are Already Printing Money, But We Are Doing This Because It Is Our Mission’

Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, is now the largest private nonprofit university in the United States of America, because of the internet. 86% of their 100,000 students are online, paying $365 per credit hour. “‘These stumblebums down here in this redneck town are plotting to provide volume education around the world,’ Ronald Godwin, 75, Liberty’s provost and a former Washington Times Corp. executive, said half mockingly. ‘We are already printing money, but we are doing this because it is our mission.’”
Also: All 100,000 students are required to take creation studies before they graduate.

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EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

I think ultimately the market is going to be what determines that value of these online degrees. I question whether an increasingly tech oriented job market will find much use for an educational product that ignores or contradicts a basic building block of scientific literacy.

I’m always a wee bit defensive of online degrees because my mom got her accounting degree from a well-known, semi-shady purveyor of such degrees, and she is making good money working in her field (then again: she also had lots of credits from legit universities over the years, and also years of experience doing similar work.)

But to the Liberty grads I say: good luck finding a job with that online degree…

probs (#296)

Liberty offerred me a full ride without me applying, requesting materials, or anything. Just a letter out of the blue with an offer of a full ride and promotional materials. It was odd.

I also read part of an interesting ethnography type study about how rich kids can get away with whatever at Liberty.

@probs Ooh, I’d love to read that if you have a link.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@probs @TheclaAndTheSeals I second that!

probs (#296)

TheclaAndTheSeals @EvanDeSimone if I can find it, I’ll share it! It’s been a few years.

travelmugs (#162)

@probs In case you haven’t read it, Kevin Roose’s book about being a student from Brown University “undercover” at Liberty for a semester is fascinating, and surprisingly even-handed.

Megs (#644)

@travelmugs Seconding this! That book was a delight to read.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@travelmugs That’s actually been sitting in my amazon cart for a while, maybe i’ll finally hit check-out

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