Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, November 19, 2012

Athletes Find Quick, Easy College Credits Online

A screenshot of Western Oklahoma State College’s online course enrollment page.

A small community college in Oklahoma is one of the schools offering quick online courses – some as short as 10 days – that some athletes are turning to when they need credits to stay eligible.

Western Oklahoma State College president Phil Birdine has defended the courses, in a letter posted on the school’s homepage.

“Every academic course is vetted through an established institutional process incorporating national ‘best practices’ for course rigor and academic standards,” Birdine wrote.

But the organization that accredits the school is now looking into the courses, as a result of an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Do you think college credits can be too quick and easy? Let us know on our Facebook page.


  • Brad Wolverton, senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 1 Comment

A Rare Bipartisan Effort To Reform The Criminal Justice System

The legislation would reduce mandatory minimums for certain drug offenses and largely ban solitary confinement for juveniles.

October 1 35 Comments

What Does It Mean To Raise A Spiritual Child?

Psychologist Lisa Miller discusses the scientific link between spirituality and health, and how it relates to children.

September 30 5 Comments

Bard At The Bar: Shakespeare-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

Two English professors and longtime friends got the idea for "Shakespeare, Not Stirred" while having a drink together.

September 30 5 Comments

How To Stay Sharp As You Age

A psychiatrist and a psychologist have come up with nine keys to keeping an agile mind, including curiosity.