Latest article from former Record editor-in-chief Ainsley O’Connell ’06.

Earning a Yale degree will no longer require moving to New Haven, Connecticut, thanks to an online program for would-be physicians’ assistants that the university plans to launch early next year. The graduate program, developed in partnership with software-as-a-service provider 2U, will grant Master of Medical Science degrees exactly equivalent to those of on-campus students.

“This is a Yale degree,” Lucas Swineford, who oversees the university’s digital strategy, told The Wall Street Journal. Online education, he said, is “coming of age.”

Read the whole thing. A PA degree is not very relevant to most Ephs, but what about something from HBS?

Most elite universities continue to tread carefully as they experiment with online learning. Last month, for example, Harvard Business School announced that it would be formally launching its new CORe (Credential of Readiness) program online this summer. For now, at least, CORe is a milquetoast compromise between MOOC and accredited degree: It comprises just three courses, focused on business fundamentals, and grants students a certificate, rather than a diploma. That said, it will still make a multi-million-dollar contribution to Harvard’s bottom line: Bharat N. Anand, faculty chair for online learning at HBS, told Fortune that he expects to enroll 3,000 students, each paying $1,800, this June.

Adam Falk (and the rest of the Williams faculty?) have shown nothing but a troubling-lack-of-enthusiasm-for-if-not-disdain for the rapid changes coming to higher education. What advice would O’Connell have for him?

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