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GOP senator suggests swapping college instructors for videos

GOP senator suggests swapping college instructors for videos
Posted at 3:24 PM, Aug 22, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has an idea for making colleges cheaper -- ditch the instructors and start playing online videos for students.

The Republican senator from Wisconsin floated the idea during a question-and-answer session Thursday in Milwaukee.

He called higher education a "cartel" and suggested colleges could cut the number of instructors and increase use of online videos like Ken Burns' 11 1/2-hour documentary on the Civil War.

Johnson, of Oshkosh, is locked in a tight re-election battle with Democratic challenger Russ Feingold.

Read more on this story on Inside Higher Ed.