HBCU’s online program littered with pitfalls—at students’ expense

After being accepted, the setbacks started quickly and kept coming. Burns learned the advertised computer science degree wasn’t ready.

“This was a cash grab. I feel like they saw an opportunity and they knew that they could leverage their name,” Burns said.

Burns’ frustration is with Morehouse, but the school isn’t solely responsible for the program. Morehouse Online is a partnership between the 156-year-old institution and 2U, a for-profit education tech company that helps operate degree programs at institutions including Yale; University of California, Berkeley; and Emerson College.

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