According to Dr. Fred DiUlus, an early pioneer in online higher education and the father of online college ratings and rankings, a college degree using a home-school approach is upon us. A self-developed college program, he says, is literally available to anyone patient enough to link free courses from multiple free providers one-by-one together.
When home-school kids historically became college eligible, they had to enter the institutional environment of so-called traditional colleges in order to acquire a college degree. The process of self-directed to directed education at the higher levels has always been the case until now. According to Dr. DiUlus, a forty-five year veteran of higher education and the author of the first ratings and rankings of online colleges, things have changed. He notes that thousands of free college courses exploded on the scene in just the past few years.
Many free courses are coming from some of the best schools in America and overseas. The new free classes are adding sources to the existing Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT”S) original open and free courseware package of courses. MIT’s program has been available free to the public for years and DiUlus adds, “They are the granddaddy of open and free college coursework online.”
Dr. DiUlus points to the exponential growth of communications technology along with the continuous flow of generous contributions from colleges and universities to the growing reservoir of free college courses that is making home-school College possible. This 21st century phenomenal opportunity he suggests is available to anyone. It doesn’t matter he says whether or not previous learning came from a traditional school or is the result of being home-schooled in a student’s early years.
The DiUlus Protocol: How to Home School a College Degree, written by Dr. DiUlus and his colleagues at the Center for Ethics in Free Enterprise is a soon to be released monogram that guides all high school graduates on how to change free college classes into accredited college work. The protocol details the proper way to complete free college course portfolio assessments to demonstrate learning and knowledge outcomes required for approved credit.
The providers of free courses do not and will not provide college credit even though courses are taken from professors who teach the same course for credit to their paying students. The reason DiUlus says is simple. The student hasn’t paid for it and is not enrolled officially in the college offering it. Credit for the work therefore must come from another source, essentially he says from a college, university or agency willing to recognize the work and assessing its satisfactory completion for credit.
The question most would ask: Is this really possible?
Out of 17,000 accredited colleges worldwide, DiUlus estimates at least 10%, perhaps more, will provide assessment evaluations for home-school college credits and award appropriate degrees for satisfactorily completed work that measures up to standard portfolio assessment criteria. He anticipates that students will be charged a flat fee that by comparison to traditional program fees for a similar degree is miniscule. The self-designed home-school college program can target fields from Astronomy to Zoology and more.
Key to a personalized and successful home-school college degree is acquiring the college credit for the effort. The DiUlus Protocol is available from the Center and online eBook stores later this month - just in time, the professor offers, to get ready for the new school year.