According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, the New York Times will now be teaching college:

Two years ago, with revenue from its celebrated print product in a nosedive, the New York Times Company starting poking its nose into the lucrative market of distance education, providing technology, marketing, and archival resources for non-credit courses taught by professors at colleges around the country through Epsilen, its online course delivery and networking platform.

This spring, in conjunction with a handful of colleges, the Times will actually start awarding certificates to students who pay to take its online courses — moving beyond its previous involvement, which focused on individual, non-credit courses.

Together with Indiana’s Ball State University, for instance, the Times Company will offer a course on video storytelling, at $235 a semester.

The Times Company is not just offering journalism-related courses, however. Inside Higher Ed reports that three other colleges are working with the media company on certificate programs:

Pennsylvania’s Rosemont College is offering a Times-sponsored $1,950 certificate in entrepreneurship.

The City University of New York and the Times are working together to produce a $930 certificate program in immigration law.

In addition, Trenton, New Jersey’s Thomas Edison State College and the Times are co-sponsoring an almost $4,000 certificate in something called “nurse paralegal studies.”

Ah, nurse paralegal studies. Way to make use of the the Gray Lady’s expertise.

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer