Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
More of this, corporate America.
I’m hopeful that Apple making per-app battery usage visible to the end user in iOS 8 will be the push that developers need to start paying closer attention to how their apps consume power, and when. There’s too much folklore out there about how users can extend the life of their devices (turning off geo services, background app refreshing, push notifications, etc.), when really this should be the responsibility of the developer.
100% agree. Are smartphone batteries perfect? No. Are smartphone OSes perfect with regard to battery life? Certainly not. But poorly developed apps are often to blame for many battery woes and now we’re going to see which are the worst. And we shall shame them into doing better.