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Sunday March 30 2008

One of the oddities of one of my favourite blogs, engadget, is that it seems to be almost entirely paid for by the University of Phoenix.

I’m talking about this advert:

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That’s the version of it that appears at the bottom of the page.  There’s another, nearly square, which crops up regularly between postings.  I’ve copied it to here because I like pictures, especially wide and shallow ones like this that don’t take up too much vertical blog space, and because some dumbos may think that they are paying me too, and that this blog is therefore doing very well.

Click on it and you get to here, where it says this:

A leader in online learning, University of Phoenix makes quality higher education highly accessible. Whether you’re seeking an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, we can help you reach your goal while you work-and much sooner than you might expect.

In fact, University of Phoenix has helped thousands of students from over 130 countries achieve the higher education they need to achieve higher success. We can help you too.

These relentless adverts suggest to me that some money is being made here, with distance learning, which I think is a positive trend, because for many it’s either distance learning or no learning at all.

But, I seem to recall the guy who runs this saying that there was some government process going on which encouraged this kind of thing being done by “proper” universities (i.e. government recognised) and discouraged a true free market.  I seem further to recall that the key word here is “accreditation”.  But that’s only vaguely remembered and could be all wrong.