So Clinton just released what sounds like a truly horrible set of proposals for higher ed:
- Opening up federal financial aid to "alternative providers"
- Providing (unspecified) incentives for actual colleges and universities to accept credits from those "alternative providers"
- Automatically awarding green cards to international students who graduate with advanced STEM degrees.
Now, we Miserians are a can-do, optimistic bunch. Surely we can think of ways to make this nasty little potion of perverse incentives more palatable. For ourselves, anyway, if not for higher ed.
Here's my plan, should this come to pass:
Aunty Frankie's Surf-n-STEM Academy.
As a Disruptopreneur Alternative Provider, I don't need to bother with unfashionable, buzzkill-y things like ABET accreditation, dorms, classrooms, faculty, or learning objectives.
No GRE? No problem! My advanced STEM degrees will be available to anyone who has the foresight and out-of-the-box thinking required to pony up a hundred and fifty grand. (Sure, it's about twice the industry average, but can your snakehead get you a guaranteed green card? Didn't think so!) Because my Surf-n-STEM Academy will have a MOOC option, there's no uncomfortable transoceanic travel required, Residency requirements and ID verification are so last-century.
And best of all, it'll qualify for federal financial aid!
Anyone interested in investing?
(P.S. I did consider one other disruptovative option, setting up a mostly-online school with a 68:1 adjunct-to-full-timer ratio, but that just seemed too evil.)