Texas A&M is close to deciding whether it plans to start offering what's called massive open online courses -- a controversial and growing trend in higher education that relies mainly on lecture videos and coursework evaluated by university faculty.
Provost Karan Watson gave an update to the faculty senate at its Monday meeting, telling fellow professors that a committee of their peers and administrators -- which started discussions in October -- is close to finalizing a recommendation. She then will take their suggestion to President R. Bowen Loftin, most likely this summer.
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