The Floating University's first course, Great Big Ideas: An Entire Undergraduate Education While Standing On One Foot, is being used to teach courses at Harvard, Yale, and Bard this fall and is also available to the general public. This is the first time in more than three centuries that Harvard and Yale are concurrently offering the same course. Students have responded. At Yale, 145 students registered for Great Big Ideas, for a class limited in size to 18 – making it the third most popular course on campus even before its first day of class. (Intro Economics and Intro Psychology are #1 and #2). Great Big Ideas delivers an undergraduate liberal arts education in 12 weeks. It's a survey of twelve major fields delivered by their most important thinkers and practitioners, including former Big Think guests Leon Botstein, Steven Pinker, Michio Kaku, Larry Summers, Doug Melton, Paul Bloom and many others.
A new online course that is currently being offered at Harvard, Yale and Bard is threatening to disrupt higher education as we know it. As tuition costs continue to skyrocket, parents and students are demanding answers to this question: what am I getting as the return on my $50 thousand annual investment that is college tuition today? Floating Univeristy offers an alternative. The best professors in the country present online lectures that students can access from anywhere.
Adam Glick is president of the real estate development firm The Jack Parker Corporation, a managing director at the hedge fund Tesuji Partners LLC, and President and co-founder of The Floating University. Mr. Glick is also the author of A Child’s Guide to Money, a composer, and a playwright. He formerly sat on the boards of The Dalton School, The 92nd St. Y, and The Hebrew Free Loan Society. Mr. Glick received his B.A. from Yale University in 1982.