04/09/2013 10:06 am ET

Social Entrepreneurs Bring New Ideas, New Conflicts To Colleges

Many of the boldest experiments in higher education these days are led by a relatively new kind of business leader: the social entrepreneur.

The founders of Coursera proudly claim the label, stressing their lack of concern about a business plan as they set up free online courses from top colleges. So does the head of Udacity, another provider of MOOCs, or massive open online courses. In fact, it's hard to find any chief executives of education start-ups these days who don't drop "social entrepreneur" into their bios, as they stress that they are not your typical money-grubbing suits.

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