- Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Lawrence Pogemiller told The Chronicle of Higher Education in an interview Friday that his office will not require Coursera to get the state's permission to operate.
- “No Minnesotan should hesitate to take advantage of free, online offerings from Coursera," Pogemiller told The Chronicle, following the publication of a statement made in a letter to Coursera from Minnesota, which had effectively declared its massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be illegal.
- Pogemiller expressed hope for 2013 that he will be able to "work with the governor and Legislature to appropriately update the statute to meet modern-day circumstances.”
From the article:
"... On Friday, just hours after an administrator in the Minnesota Office of Higher Education said the state planned to demand registration and fees from universities that were offering the noncredit classes through the online course provider Coursera, the director of his office struck a more conciliatory tone. ..."