Monday, October 16, 2017

Steve Wozniak's WOZ U

The Texas-based Southern Careers Institute, a private for-profit school, has announced a tech-based training initiative called "WOZ U". This would not be of note, except it is named after, and apparently with the endorsement of, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ("Woz").

WOZ U is offering a "video-based curriculum," much like other online training institutions. Also like other online institutes, the emphasis is on low cost, as compared with traditional education providers. However, such supposedly low-cost programs need to be compared to what is available from more conventional not-for-profit providers, such as Australian TAFEs (and their US equivalents). Also, such online providers have a low student success rate, which needs to be factored into the cost. A program you have one-tenth the chance of completing successfully  (compared to a conventional course) is effectively ten times the price.

Woz U does not make any explicit claim to be a  university. However, the use of the capital "U" implies "University."

The word "university" only appears once on the website, on the about page where it says: "Woz U has established partnerships with traditional universities, businesses, government, and non-profits ...". However, there are no universities or government mentioned. The only business mentioned is Southern Careers Institute. 

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