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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Well, they have a deal with ASU where ASU gives all of Starbucks' eligible employees a scholarship that covers 42% of tuition, and Starbucks covers the remaining 52%, so it is a full ride.

    What I think is really cool is that there are no strings attached. Most companies who offer tuition require you to work for that company for a certain number of years after you earn your degree, or you have to pay the company back. In this case, Starbucks is allowing them to leave the company after they earn their degree. You can't beat that, especially for a company that requires no skills to get into on the entry level.
    Yes, I saw that the college kicks in 42%, and that's why I said 58% (which is Starbucks share). That's a generous offering from Starbucks. And yes, they don't have a strings attached except for the obvious reimbursement after the semester to make sure that the employee doesn't bail mid-term. I think this is a good thing.
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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    It is generous of Starbucks but seriously $15,000/year for an online degree?

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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    No it is not. For one thing you don't have to get off your ass.

    There are certain elements of classroom learning that is very difficult to replicate online. Foreign language for instance can't really be matched except for study/travel abroad. Various group projects and presentations, physical lab work, networking, actual interaction with professors, test taking - some of that doesn't exist at all, and the rest isn't widely respected by industry or grad schools when done online only.
    As far as I know, Universities do not offer online degrees that require lab work. For instance, I don't know of a single university that offers a bachelor degree in chemistry. You just can't do it.

    But, for the majors that they offer online bachelor degrees in, the curriculum is certainly the same as if you physically go into the classroom.

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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I generally have a negative opinion of Starbucks, mostly because I think it's inane to pay $5 for a cup of coffee, but I have to admit that's incredibly generous of them and it does make me think a whole lot more of them. I really hope that this catches on with more companies so that upward mobility becomes a lot easier for more people.
    This isn't necessarily as altruistic as it appears on the surface:

    "employees who drop out or leave the company will be responsible for paying tuition for that semester."

    The risk of enrolling and failing might explain why only 2000 / 150,000 starbucks workers are in the 2 year program currently. Tying in ongoing employment with tuition reimbursement is likely a way to keep them on the leash too.

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    Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Yes, I saw that the college kicks in 42%, and that's why I said 58% (which is Starbucks share). That's a generous offering from Starbucks. And yes, they don't have a strings attached except for the obvious reimbursement after the semester to make sure that the employee doesn't bail mid-term. I think this is a good thing.
    It is a good thing, and it is how 'free college' should be handled, by private sector organizations who wish to provide it, not by our federal government.

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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    It is a good thing, and it is how 'free college' should be handled, by private sector organizations who wish to provide it, not by our federal government.
    I couldn't agree with this more. +10
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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    It is generous of Starbucks but seriously $15,000/year for an online degree?
    Online degrees aren't any cheaper than physically going to the classroom, minus the room and board, and the degree that you earn just says Arizona State University, not Arizona State Online University.

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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Online degrees aren't any cheaper than physically going to the classroom, minus the room and board, and the degree that you earn just says Arizona State University, not Arizona State Online University.
    I feel that they should be less but that still seems insane to me, I pay 8000$/year in tuition to physically attend my university and in province people pay less than I do.

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    Re: Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

    What?!? No car? I'm outraged.
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    Kudos to the company. I do not drink coffee and have never spent a dollar there but this is something they need to be lauded for.
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