Education: Degrees for Video Watchers

Seven U.S. colleges launch a British-style "open university"

Ever since New York City's WNBT ushered in the television era by broadcasting a scheduled variety show in 1946, visionaries have dreamed of a video "college of the air" that would bring higher education to all. Just last November, Philadelphia Publishing Mogul Walter Annenberg (TV Guide, Seventeen magazine) offered to donate $ 150 million to develop a nationwide college curriculum for public television. A coalition of eleven Midwestern schools, including the universities of Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa, has started the University of Mid-America, based in...

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