Education: No Boob Tubes

PBS and college education

Give me your tired, your poor, your homebound masses yearning for a degree." So might read the motto of higher education in the 1980s. Telecourses have been broadcast before, but never on a national scale. This fall, in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Service, 500 colleges will be offering up to nine courses for credit via 206 public television stations. They will reach thousands of students—full-time workers, housewives, handicapped adults or people who live as far as 400 miles from the college of their choice—who otherwise would not be...

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