Lattes and Letters

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This week Starbucks and Arizona State University announced a joint tuition-degree type-ish plan. I am not sure what to call it because it’s a hybrid of what we consider employee sponsored tuition reimbursement plans, workforce development programs at universities, and some kind of technofuturist vision of higher education access. So, in the way of my people, I’m just adding “-ish” to the term and moving on.

Goldie Blumenstyk did her good reporting thing over at CHE by following the money in the corporate-uni deal. To quote Goldie quoting ASU leaders who should know:

Starbucks also had said that the program would include an upfront “partial tuition scholarship,” thanks to an “investment” from Starbucks and ASU. Ms. Harper on Monday said she was “not able to disclose the specifics of the financial arrangement” of that investment.

But according to Arizona State’s president, Michael M. Crow, “none” of the funding for the…

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