,

Galil and Cerf Praise DeMillo’s Book

By Hatti Hamlin

“Revolution in Higher Education; How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable”

Marconi Board Member Zvi Galil emails, “In 2011 Rich DeMillo wrote the book Abelard to Apple; The Fate of American Colleges and Universities. It was excellent. His second book on the subject is even better. I highly recommend Revolution in Higher Education; How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable, Rich has become one of the major thinkers about higher education.”

1998 Marconi Fellow Vint Cerf agrees. “”DeMillo makes the case for a real revolution in higher education, which has not changed it’s format and practices for centuries. Millions will benefit from this transformation.”

The book includes a chapter on Galil’s Georgia Tech Online Master’s in Computer Science,a program that he sees as a model. OMSCS is a fully accredited program delivered over the web as a MOOC, a Massive Online Open Course.

Galil pledges that “The program will match the quality and standards of the on-campus master’s program.”All classes are taught by the regular Georgia Tech faculty, who receive compensation for teaching. Admission is demanding and testing is tough. Earning the degree is a substantial achievement.

The NY Times reports this is “a first for an elite institution.” The Wall Street Journal enthuses about “The (Just Under) $7,000 Computer Science Degree.” That’s far less than the $45,000 on-campus price.

About 20 courses are online and free for those not seeking a degree,