Friday, August 31, 2018

Yeti crab: UNIVERSITIAN NEWS - The gist of it is that - - if the state of California's BPPE (Bureau of Postsecondary Education) begins to develop a WEB FORM ... WUaS will begin to matriculate our second undergraduate class in the autumn of 2019, I'm glad to say WUaS is now in communication with Assemblymember Das Williams' office in the California State Assembly, More about World University and School accreditation developments in 2018 here ... Re BPPE, both A) CC-4 licensing and B) definition of "private university," Here's MIT's Cecilia d'Oliveira " ... Executive Director of OpenCourseWare (OCW) at MIT, ..." I refer to in my August 14th email, Given "Congratulations to @MITxonedX on this incredible milestone! ... "MITx Courses and Related OCW Courseware," "Addressing the United Nation's sustainable development goals around education is increasingly critical" ... how could @WorldUnivAndSch langs' courses develop in edX?, I hope the WUaS Press / WUaS Co will potentially follow a further online state of California WEB FORM approach

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

As a FYI, here's a recent update on WUaS accreditation plans - - and you might be interested in the 3rd part of this particularly (although it's somewhat detailed).

The gist of it is that - if the state of California's BPPE (Bureau of Postsecondary Education) begins to develop a WEB FORM for colleges and universities online in October, and with final applications due by February 2019, WUaS may be able to begin to accredit with both BPPE and then concurrently WASC senior (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), and matriculate our second undergraduate class (this one with accreditation actually underway) in the autumn of 2019.

Sincerely, Scott

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Dear Universitians,


I'm glad to say WUaS is now in communication with Assemblymember Das Williams' office in the California State Assembly, along with Assemblymember Susan Bonillo's office. Das Williams is the chair of the Higher Education committee and Susan Bonillo is on the Assembly Budget Committee on Education Finance in the state of California, and is also a former high school teacher. WUaS begins the accreditation process with the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education agency (BPPE), as well as Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC senior). Just to begin this accreditation process, WUaS will pay these two agencies $15,000. 

If you are a high school student actively interested in applying to free, online, Creative Commons' licensed, MIT OCW-centric World University and School in English, or know of one, this autumn 2013 - with complete applications due by January 1, 2014, at 12 pm Pacific Time - please email WUaS now at - - with a brief letter just saying you're interested.

WUaS is planning its first outreach to high school students and friends at Woolman Semester at Sierra Friends' Center in the foothills of the Sierras, in the next week or two. Woolman Semester is a Quaker, gap, high school semester, which is accredited by WASC, with which accrediting organization WUaS is also planning to accredit.


Thank you for joining the World University and School team. WUaS would like to invite you to participate in our hour-long, monthly, business meeting this Saturday, May 11th, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m., Pacific Coast Time / 12 noon East Coast Time. 

This month we'll meet online in a Google + group video hangout, (with its 2 channels for communication, via group video and group text chat, opening opportunities for communication).  And this month, I'll send out a second email a few minutes prior to 9am PT, to our entire WUaS email list with the actual web address / URL of the Google + group video Hangout. 

You'll also find the Hangout posted here - - at WUaS's G+ profile page findable by searching in Google + on Here's an example of a WUaS Google + video hangout business meeting from April 2013, - "World University and School, Student, Board / Team's 1st meeting 3 Nov 2012" -

April 13, 2013 - World University and School monthly business meeting - You'll find other good examples as well as a good overview of WUaS, from a Stanford Coursera course I took in last autumn called "Startup Boards: Advanced Entrepreneurship" on World University and School's YouTube video channel and here - WUaS's active blog is here:

The agenda for the upcoming, May 11, 2013 WUaS, monthly, business meeting is here: 

There were no changes in WUaS's finances from the previous month. 

The next, open, hour-long, WUaS, monthly business meeting is on Saturday, June 11, 2013 in a Google + Hangout. 

For people on the sporadic, WUaS, email list, or who wish to be. WUaS is going to start posting actively to both the WUaS Google Group (, and the WUaS Yahoo Group (, both of which allow for daily and weekly digests. Please join these groups for daily and weekly digests. 

World University and School is looking for a new, Board member to focus on fundraising, and to actually bring in significant monies for WUaS, which you'll see on the above agenda. 

Concerning this WUaS team email list, we'll generally send out an email once a month. If you'd like to receive more frequent, sporadic, WUaS emails, please reply to this email telling me so. If you could, please REPLY with UNSUBSCRIBE, or an alternative email address, if you wish NOT to receive WUaS's emails, or receive them in a different email account, - and WUaS would be very grateful. 

Free, Creative Commons' licensed, online, wiki WUaS, like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, is planned for all 3,000-8,000 languages and for around 200 countries, with free degrees accrediting on C.C. MIT OpenCourseWare+, and will help many, many people.  

Thank you again for your interest in helping grow World University and School. 

All the best, 



Scott MacLeod 
Founder & President 

World University and School
(like Wikipedia with MIT OpenCourseWare)

World University and School is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, educational organization. 

P.O. Box 442,   
(86 Ridgecrest Road), 
Canyon, CA 94516

Skype: scottm100

Google + main, WUaS page: 

Please contribute, and invite friends to contribute, tax deductibly, via PayPal and credit card:

World University and School is sending you this because of your interest in free, online, higher education. If you don't want to receive these, please reply with 'remove' in the subject line. Thank you.


More about accreditation in 2018 here ...



Monday, August 27, 2018

Dear Larry,

I'm glad to say that after attending a Stanford Anthropology dissertation defense today - - a Stanford Librarian, Regina Roberts - - whom I know a little, and who was at this talk, said she's been getting World University and School's minutes, and asked if WUaS could put them into the Stanford Libraries. I was interested, partly since they have them anyway - but partly because it will be useful for people in the future as World University and School grows. I realize too that this would legitimize us further. (But I also realize that such accessions by libraries can bring great amounts of money to the parties involved).

Regina said she'd email me, partly so that WUaS could sign off on this. I'm interested in getting the WUaS into Stanford Libraries 'officially,' but I'd like to bring this question to WUaS's monthly business meeting, for further consideration.

Still no word back from the state of California's BPPE, as well, but I'm in waiting mode for a bit longer.



- Scott MacLeod - Founder, President & Professor

- World University and School

- 415 480 4577

- CC World University and School - like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric CC OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization.


August 27, 2018

Dear Larry,

I'm thinking about calling all the WUaS minutes we've already sent out CC-4 licensed (for A) sharing, B) adapting, and C) non-commercially) - like MIT OCW's CC-4 licensing - and minuting this. And I wonder, if Regina Roberts emails me further about this, and if WUaS decides to send her a "curated collection" of WUaS Minutes, whether WUaS could call this CC-0, - but I wonder too whether I could bring in donating these WUaS Minutes to Stanford Libraries to a conversation with the Stanford Peace Innovation Institute about Peace Data Standards, - and getting a position at Stanford, and potentially a teaching position. See, for example - - and re Quantum Chemistry too.

Sincerely, Scott


August 28, 2018

Dear Larry,

Re the definition of "private university" and the state of CA's BPPE:

I attended an UC Berkeley TSWG talk - - last Thursday which was really interesting, with a Catalan economics' professor talking, and the dinner afterward was also good, with many senior University of California professors / PhDs + there. Dean MacCannell and his wife Juliet Flower MacCannell, both University of California emeriti professors (and both with Cornell Ph.D.s from around 1970 - with some Philadelphia Quaker colleges' ties before that - and who also remind me a lot of friends from Cuttyhunk Marvin and Betty Mandell, both now who have passed away, in their academics :). Dean and Juliet's son, Jason, is one of 3 education 'czars,' I've heard, in Sacramento (and their other son lives in Scotland). When I asked Dean at the dinner table about what "private university" vis-a-vis "public university" means in California, he said not much these days. Re BPPE, I think A) CC-4 licensing and B) definition of "private university" could both be sticking points re our not hearing back about WUaS accreditation, so I'm glad I talked with Dean MacCannell about this last Thursday.

Hoping this dinner may further open a way to WUaS accreditation, - as well as a position at Stanford with my meeting in late September.

Sincerely, Scott


August 30, 2018

Dear Larry,

I thought to send BPPE's Michael Marion, Joanne Wenzel and Marina O'Connor the following question and follow up ...

Can I answer any further questions about CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare licensing? Here's MIT's Cecilia d'Oliveira " ... Executive Director of OpenCourseWare (OCW) at MIT, ..." I refer to in my August 14th email" (below)

... but I think I'll wait a bit longer, thinking the questions of A) 'private university' and B) Creative Commons 4 licensing of MIT OCW and re WUaS could be conceivably tied up in the hands of many state of California lawyers - and possibly many related Creative Commons' law questions there -  in quiet August.

What do you think about following up with BPPE?

Sincerely, Scott

Dear Dr. Marion, Marina, Joanne, (and Larry),

I just left a message for you, Dr. Marion, to follow up on Marina's call to me at World University and School twice on July 2, 2018. And Joanne Wenzel and I talked about this at some length as well in November of 2013.

I'm writing on behalf of CC-4 MIT OCW-centric World University and School (WUaS) to inquire further about a possible, (what I'm calling), amendment or addendum to the state of California's BPPE definition of a private educational institution which is that "students pay tuition," which Marina and I talked about in early July 2018. WUaS is seeking to become licensed / accredit with both BPPE and WASC senior, and have budgeted for this in a pending National Science Foundation grant.

Our World University and School's Creative Commons-4 licensed MIT OCW-centricity means that WUaS can't ask for tuition from students, since CC-4 licensing for MIT OCW says we can A) share, B) adapt but C) non-commercially - (see at bottom - - and also - - per MIT Dean Cecilia d'Oliveira (not retired). And WUaS seeks to accredit with the state of California's BPPE (Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education), and concurrently WASC senior, so I'm writing to inquire if BPPE could possibly please add an amendment to the BPPE regulation (or similar), allowing for CC-4 licensing for online OpenCourseWare-centric educational institutions, and for related online degrees, and thus for WUaS to not ask for tuition from students - and still become a private university. This would mean that Californians would be able to earn CC-4 MIT OCW-centric online degrees that are free-to-students at World University and School in California (and around the world), and first in English, but later in countries' main / official languages, as well (based on WUaS seeks to offer online Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, M.D. as well as I.B. high school degrees, eventually in each of all ~200 countries' official / main languages.

Part of the question involves terms for 'payment,' 'fees', 'cost,' 'tuition," "non-commercial," "reimbursement," etc., - and WUaS's engagement with CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare in its 5 languages (a gold mine or motherlode of free education software/OCW - and of the highest quality, and which isn't available for degrees in California!). WUaS plans to seek 'reimbursement' from governments' ministries of education around the world, - and 'reimbursement' is a term that MIT Dean of Online Learning, Cecelia d'Oliveira in a number of email communications over about two years has said would be alright, given the CC-4 "non-commercial" attribution of CC-4 MIT OCW.

So, California students, in large numbers, would potentially be able to earn free online MIT-centric degrees via World University and School.

The idea I'm inquiring about is here, and might read: Whereas BPPE's regulations state that a private educational institution is one where students pay tuition, in the case where a private university offers CC-4 OpenCourseWare for credit toward online CC-4 centric non-commercial degrees, such private universities will not have to ask for tuition from students, due to the Creative Commons' 4 "non-commercial" clause, as an exception. In what ways might BPPE add such a 'clause' to its regulations, please, which might allow WUaS to become licensed with BPPE, and WASC senior, in California?

What might be the best way to communicate further about this?

Thank you.

All the best, Scott
415 480 4577
Dr. Michael Marion, BPPE Chief -

Joanne Wenzel, BPPE deputy chief (at one time perhaps)

Marina O'Connor, BPPE Licensing Chief – - (and


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dear Larry,

I just found that the state of Calif's BPPE has a Twitter feed, eg -
The Bureau is working to make the online Annual Report data process more efficient. As such, the portal will open mid-October with a mid-February due date. The Bureau will notify institutions with specific dates for the portal opening and due date. And the BPPE chief, Dr. Michael Marion is mentioned in the Tweet below - - this top Tweet.

And I just Tweeted -
Can I answer any further questions about @WorldUnivAndSch's use of CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare licensing? Here's MIT's Cecilia d'Oliveira "Executive Director of OpenCourseWare (OCW) at MIT, ..." - … - I refer to in my August 14th email to state of Calif's BPPE


And I re-tweeted both of these here -

Californians stand to get MIT OCW for free-to-students' online degrees, but Creative Commons' law probably has many implications in this State and world wide, while I'd imagine California could embrace the exception I outlined re their definition of "private university" . To be seen ...

Thoughts, questions, ideas?

Sincerely, Scott

Hi Michael,

Can I answer any further questions about CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare licensing? Here's MIT's Cecilia d'Oliveira " ... Executive Director of OpenCourseWare (OCW) at MIT, ..." I refer to in my August 14th email" (below)

Best, Scott


August 30, 2018

Dear Larry,

I wonder if WUaS will be able to begin to accredit as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 CC-4 MIT OCW-centric online university with the state of Calif's BPPE in mid-October per their Twitter post here - I wonder further whether, since this will be online presumably in some kind of WEB form, whether the state of Calif will legitimize and digitize Creative Commons' Law. Further I wonder if somehow WASC Senior will then be able to follow suit with an online form. Wow! Anyway there is this and the other top Tweet (which I emailed you earlier - ) from Ca BPPE, possibly suggesting this.

I wonder further whether WUaS might be able to have WUaS hosted through the edX platform re their MITOCW-into-MITx approach and history. See these recent Tweets -

As traditional jobs are replaced by emerging job areas, addressing the United Nation's sustainable development goals around education is increasingly critical. So pleased to welcome to as we work together to achieve these goals

Congratulations to on this incredible milestone!

Given "Congratulations to on this incredible milestone!" & "addressing the UN's sustainable development goals around education is increasingly critical" how could courses in ~200 LANGUAGES best develop in edX?


MITx Courses and Related OCW Courseware

This page lists all MITx on edX courses that are currently available. For each MITx course, we also provide short lists of related OCW courseware that may be helpful.

OCW and MITx Are Complementary

Searched on 'MIT OCW into MITx twitter'

New MITx courses for the new year


The next #MITx course to begin is @4605x A Global History of #Architecture, from @MITArchitecture. Starts Sept 23.


And if all of these accreditation forms etc digitize (and thus not only becomes legitimate, but become encoded with upcoming technologies like block chain ledger etc), would WUaS, as a PRIVATE UNIVERSITY and not able to accept student tuition, be able to seek reimbursement from the state of California's Education Department for matriculated California students - and pass some of this on to edX, if they become our platform (and not something out of Stanford, for example) - for courses, for grades, and for transcripts, and even for interaction between all ~200 countries' ministries of education financially even. (And would Univ of California then focus on the WUaS pension and benefits system - and Stanford on the Law and Medicine OpenCourseWare - partly out of the New England Journal of Medicine's Continuing Education Modules - CMEs - or could Harvard too, since they're a founder of edX ). And would Stanford Medicine with Google's Project Baseline (as even budding hospital for tele-robotic AVATAR BOT surgery) and with Project ECHO (as budding medical school platform in videoconferencing conceptually - and for MD specialists to rural populations) work with Harvard and the NEJM?

(I'm leaving aside here, re online forms and coding questions, the potential for WUaS to facilitate a single cryptocurrency backed by ~200 countries' central banks and distributed via an Universal Basic Income to all 7.5 billion people here, - and in coding our new wiki for speakers of all 7,097 living languages - and coded for by our WUaS Law Students in all ~200 countries' online Law Schools in their official / main languages).

 So I wonder when WUaS might then matriculate our 2nd undergraduate class online - since I'm not sure the Ca BPPE Tweet might be read in terms of WUaS be able to start accrediting -

Glad Harvard Law Professor Charlie Nesson's has posted WUaS's Twitter post about his upcoming free open edX HarvardX online course -

JuryX: Deliberations for Social Change with Charles Nesson - Free, Open, Begins Autumn 2018 - - - To /Government, /Law Schools & /Political Science ~ ~

posted at the top of his Twitter feed -  ...

I find him to be connecting and fascinating as a professor - and I may
take this course, which happens via edX and in Google group video
Hangouts too ... and re WUaS networking.

And perhaps I'll be able to connect / network further with edX MITx, HarvardX and Anant Agarwal, president of edX by taking this course.

If we might eventually be able to post our WUaS courses through edX, would our WUaS platform's individual courses look something like this - - I wonder, and importantly planning for all ~200 countries' official / main languages and even all 7097 living languages with Wikidata / Wikimedia / Wikipedia?

A few questions in an emerging potential landscape ... Thoughts, ideas, questions? Is WUaS waiting to submit an annual report to BPPE in mid-October to thus begin state accreditation? How could we find out?

I hope to be teaching again in January - - and eventually another course
perhaps as conversation with Tom Boellstorff himself who wrote "Coming of Age
in Second Life" with which my "Naked Harbin Ethnography" comes in
conversation. I explore the idea for this second course here -

Sincerely, Scott


Hi Larry, and Govind,

I hope the WUaS Press / WUaS Co will potentially follow a further online state of California WEB FORM approach.

If this CA BPPE Twitter post -  - relates to us and WUaS, we may have apply by February 2019 (as they further sort out their online web forms) and then seek our 2nd undergraduate class matriculating in autumn of 2019 (not January). Not sure what implications there are here about the NSF grant.

Blogged about all of this here - - including with a video of us video conferencing about accreditation in 2013. Govind, check out this blog post re an update about WUaS accrediting.

Sincerely, Scott


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

In addition to A) CC-4 licensing and B) definition of "private university" ...
further questions of C) funding re the development of this state of California BPPE potential WEB FORM (could WUaS then communicate with the agencies in Sacramento that fund the University of California 10 campuses, or California high schools - and re a per student per annum re-imbursement to WUaS for matriculated students from California?), as well as accrediting and D) defining online universities and colleges will emerge.



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