Announcing Online Masters Degree in Computer Science in Collaboration with Georgia Tech and AT&T

Original URL: http://blog.udacity.com/2013/05/sebastian-thrun-announcing-online.html

Where to sign in? : https://www.udacity.com/georgiatech

Sebastian Thrun of Udacity:

I grew up in Germany, a country that offers excellent education. Yet when I started my Master’s degree in computer science, I found myself among 1,200 other Master’s students with just five professors. Needless to say, I ended up mostly educating myself through books that were available at a nearby research institute.

Today is my opportunity to give back. Ever since Peter Norvig and I launched AI Class, I have been dreaming of putting an entire computer science degree online, and to make access to the material free of charge, so that everyone can become a proficient computer scientist. With Georgia Tech and AT&T, this is my dream come true. If, as a young student, I had the chance to learn from the best professors in the world, my life might have been different. I have been fortunate. Yet so many potential learners are still denied access. Education has become much more exclusive, and getting into a top-10 computer science department, like Georgia Tech’s, is still out of reach for all but a chosen few.

I co-founded Udacity to bring the very best of higher education to everyone worldwide. With Georgia Tech, we have a partner whose computer science program is among the best in the world! And equally importantly, with AT&T, we partner with a Fortune-500 company which is relentlessly innovating in the space of digital access to information. This triumvirate of industry and academia is now teaming up to use 21st Century MOOC technology to level the playing field in computer science education. And while the degree rightfully comes with a tuition fee – after all, to achieve the very best in online education we will provide support services – the bare content will be available free of charge, available for anyone eager to learn. We are also launching non-credit certificates at a much reduced price point, to give a path to those who don’t care about Georgia Tech credit or degrees, but still want their learning results certified.

I wish I had been born in the 1990s. Back when I was a college student, the Web did not exist. How many young students are there in the world today as eager to learn as I was? Only time will tell how many young people we’ll be able to empower to reach for the stars. If you are a student in our program and come across this blog post, please drop me a line at sebastian@udacity.com. If only a single life can be touched with this program, it will be a success!


I’m REALLY excited about this if it means that i can get an awesome degree while even on the other site of the planet. AWESOME! :bow:

Yes, well, if I thought a good tech employer would value ANY on-line degree then “from next time zone or next hemisphere” shouldn’t make any difference. And ultimately, what was done last year makes about zero difference in this year’s or next’s requirements except to demonstrate willingness to learn.

As for “top 10 tech departments”, I believe all of those ratings are based on some subscriber level to whatever ‘research company’ that schools pay into. “For Gold Membership, donate a million. For Platinum Top 10 Status, donate a lot more and we’ll call you The Best - IF you give us the best donation.”

I wonder if the alumni include some Nigerian princes who were locked out of their bank accounts?

[QUOTE=ChristineBCW;2687797]
As for “top 10 tech departments”, I believe all of those ratings are based on some subscriber level to whatever ‘research company’ that schools pay into. “For Gold Membership, donate a million. For Platinum Top 10 Status, donate a lot more and we’ll call you The Best - IF you give us the best donation.”
[/QUOTE]

US News and World Report used to base part of their “formula” on how many students were rejected from a university in their ranking scheme. Which sort of makes sense unless your university is very clear about what ACT/SAT scores and grades are needed to get in and has a set minimum that gets distributed to all of the high schools in the state. Which then skews the rejection rate down.

Of course you can use skewing in your favor if your school is an Ivy League school where people take fliers/long shots and apply anyways because “It’s Harvard” or “X”.

Hehe Mr. Belvedere. Lets enroll!:bigsmile:

I graduated with a BS in engineering many years ago and I can’t see getting the same quality of education via an online program. Maybe a lot has changed since I went to college in the 1980s.

[QUOTE=Illuminatus;2688643]Hehe Mr. Belvedere. Lets enroll!:bigsmile:[/QUOTE]

Agree^… Masters Degree online:bow: