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Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S.

Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

“[Tuition fees] discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study."

....[I]t was decided that from this year on, college education in the country will be free for all students. This week, as the last German state to abolish tuition fees makes its transition to free education, Germany announces that it is extending its gift of knowledge to students from the U.S. and around the world.

German universities do have a request for foreign students....a conversational fluency of German is a prerequisite for applicants coming from outside the country...[and it is] difficult...to learn the language. Fortunately, there are plenty of programs both in Germany and in the U.S. that offer courses on basic and advanced German.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Germany had free tuition before.  They experimented with allowing regions to charge tuition, and many opted to go back to the tuition free model. There are lessons to be explored here, perhaps from Americans who may choose learning German and study abroad.  

An alternative view has been published in Forbes:  ~  There is No Such Thing as a Free College Education, mentioning German culture and the taxes difference in Germany..  ~  Deb

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Will it be the new "Craig's List" of $$ Transactions for 2012? Dwolla [Video]

Will it be the new "Craig's List" of $$ Transactions for 2012?  Dwolla [Video] | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

 "The cost of the transaction was .25.  That's 25 CENTS.  Really!"


I've made my first transaction to pay for some website work via Dwolla. For my web-master friend, between our two bank accounts, the cost of the transaction was .25. That's 25 CENTS. Really. That was all. No %-age fee, no credit cards.


On the merchant end of things, if this catches on, it could be huge. If Google somehow gets connected to Dwolla at some point, it WILL be huge.


It might also help Google with its new YouTube merchandising business. It certainly fits with the "don't be evil" ethic suggested by the giant.


The only exception might be leadership failure. With cautionary tales like RIMM (the Blackberry manufacturer) and Rubbermaid, leadership #fails can stall even the most innovative companies.  (See the article just to the right for more about that, via ScoopIt curation on change cautionary tales.)


Here's hoping that Dwolla takes off, if for nothing else than for a business success in the direction of the 99% protests this past year, and still going on, as an example of helping things work for everyone, not just a select few.


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