New York Times Company College


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.

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Daniel Luzer

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