Perfume, computer programming, and Harvard
What is the connection between Perfume, computer programming, and Harvard education? Peter Bruce explains.
David Malan's Computer Science course at Harvard, CSCI E-50, provides an interesting parallel in the education world. It's available for free through EdX, or you can pay $75 for an EdX completion certificate (provided you successfully complete the course). Or you can pay $2200 and get Harvard credit.
Here's the kicker - in all three cases, it's the same exact course experience for the student. The only difference, besides the price, is whether there is a credential, and, if so, the name of the organization issuing the credential.
It's no secret that an Ivy League credential carries intangible value above and beyond the sheer quality of the education that lies behind it. The era of the MOOC provides a stark illustration of that brand premium -- given a fixed product, consumers seem willing to pay a 2800% premium for the Harvard name, as opposed to an EdX credential. A bit like perfume.
Statistics.com also has an introductory track for programming, focusing on the needs of data scientists, using R, Python and SQL. Small classes, individual attention from instructor and teaching assistant. See:
Peter Bruce is the President of Statistics.com.