Today’s Campus Innovation Interview #6 – Chip Paucek of 2U

Chip Paucek 2UIn this episode of the Today’s Campus Innovation Interview Series I talk with Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U.

Many of you may know 2U under its previous name 2tor and the name change and the reasoning behind it is also the first topic Chip and I cover in our talk.

The second topic of this interview is around the announcement of Semester Online, a joint venture between 2U and a consortium of top US universities that aims to bring rigorous undergraduate for credit courses online.

In the “year of the MOOC” this is quite the opposite approach as Semester Online classes will be rather small and cost as much as the ones on campus. But Chip believes that there is room for both

“Our company believes in principle that if the degree program or the individual course is as high quality as the campus experience you should be able to charge the same price.”

In the third part of the interview Chip announces the latest partner of 2U. American University’s School of International Service launches an online Master of Arts in International Relations Graduate program today.

International Relations Online is designed for students who would like to begin an international relations career as well as those already working in the field—from anywhere in the United States and around the world. And there are more partnerships, including international ones coming in the next 24 months.

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