NYU Steinhardt

Billionaires, Best Intentions, and Public Education

  • Course Number: INTE-UE 1011
  • Hours: 60
  • Units: 4
  • Description: Since the turn of the millennium, education philanthropy has been undergoing a major transition, as a new generation of donors has emerged. The most prominent giver is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But the philanthropists who have preceded or followed often arrived armed with controversial ideas about education. What role does philanthropy play in education? What are the challenges facing foundations that want to contribute to education? This course examines the world of educational philanthropy, locally & globally, & addresses the issues of education philanthropy that will be of interest to anyone concerned with the present & future state of education.
  • Old Course Number: E53.1011