Udacity, AT&T Team Up in Online Ed Degrees, without any universities

August 22, 2014 at 8:28 am 1 comment

An interesting development in the MOOC degree space.  Udacity and AT&T, the partners with Georgia Tech on our OMS degree, are now teaming up around a new “NanoDegree” program — without any higher education institution involved.

AT&T is the only company that has committed to hire graduates of its NanoDegree program, and only 100 at that. No higher education accrediting body has recognized the new coursework. But Udacity founder Sebastian Thrum, who appeared last week at the New York Times Next New World Conference, says the company has more planned.“The intent is that this becomes an industry-wide platform,” said Thrun in an email, pointing out that while AT&T is the only company that Udacity has asked to commit jobs, others that include Cloudera, Autodesk and Salesforce.com have endorsed the degree.

via Udacity, AT&T Team Up in Online Ed – Digits – WSJ.

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  • 1. mgozaydinmuvaffak gozaydin  |  August 22, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I am an employer.
    Sure I care more a university degree provided it is from the first 200 universities of the USA.

    I know Prof Thrun very well .
    His education quality as well .
    I will hire several of its graduates and see how the quality is .
    If good I will continue to hire his graduates with nanodegree.
    To me a degree from a good school is just some kincly d of insurance .
    Sometimes I fire a MIT and/or Harvard graduate too .
    Statistically I fire less good universities graduates .
    That simple.
    We, employers, decide which school is good or bad for hiring for a job . We are QC department of colleges .


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