The New York Times

Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers
The New York Times

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

The president of Arizona State, Michael M. Crow, something of an evangelist for online education. Arizona State has one of the largest online degree programs in the United States, with 11,000 students and 40 undergraduate majors, and one of the most highly regarded.

La gratuité scolaire, tant désirée par nos carrés rouges, sera rendue possible aux États-Unis par une grosse méchante corporation… Notez que la chose est possible grâce à l’éducation en ligne, un phénomène qui n’existe pas vraiment dans les universités québécoises.

Le monde de l’éducation connaît en ce moment une véritable révolution, sauf au Québec…