Innovative course lotteries and auctions on US campuses

February 24, 2008

Students camp outside Patricia de Castries' office door to get their names on the waiting list for her wine-tasting course at the Stanford Language Center.  MIT uses a lottery system where a computer randomly picks which students get to take the most popular courses.  One student at the University of Chicago tried to sell her sought after spot in a class online.  uChicago shut down the sale, but uPenn's business school goes the opposite way, auctioning off spots in MBA classes.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)