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Top Universities Expand Free Online Classes

Harvard and MIT are moving ambitiously into online education, jointly offering free classes to anyone in the world who wants to take them. The courses will include video lessons, quizzes and instant feedback. Online instruction has had a mixed track record, but the universities hope evolving technology will make it a powerful new tool to expand educational opportunities worldwide.
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Explosion In Free Online Classes May Change Course Of Higher Education

It's become much cheaper and easier to put college courses online, and new technologies have only made these classes more valuable. Following the lead of other top universities, Harvard and MIT announced a new venture Wednesday to provide online classes for free.
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Cal State Faculty OK Strike Amid A 'Scary Future'

The nation's largest four-year, public university system is in trouble. Professors authorized a strike Wednesday over working conditions and pay, and students began a hunger strike demanding a tuition freeze. Higher education in California has been pushed to the breaking point.
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Coming Of Age In An Ever-Recovering Economy

Students of all backgrounds are coming of age in an era when the economy is always described as "recovering" — never "recovered". So with graduation coming up, how are college students are feeling about their prospects? Audie Cornish visited the University of Maryland to find out.

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