How high-tech internet courses and government-recognized credentials could solve a massive student problem, according to The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.

college-cost[Editor’s note: This editorial originally appeared in The Charleston Gazette.]

Going away to college and learning in the academic beehive of a university campus is a wonderful way for teens to transition into adulthood.

However, extreme cost denies this benefit to millions of young Americans. For them, an alternative system is needed at a tiny fraction of the expense.

A solution may be found if low-cost online courses can be accredited in a way that leads to respected degrees.

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