Platform helps US students sell slots on oversubscribed courses

From Times Higher Education: “The common problem of oversubscribed courses at US universities has met a possible match in a couple of University of Chicago students who are trying to arrange sales of slots to willing bidders. The students, both seniors in economics at Chicago, describe already arranging sales between pairs of students at the neighbouring University of Illinois at Chicago, and at Cornell University, while hoping to expand it further. The system, called Pollinate, involves a computer program that constantly checks each targeted university’s database for class openings, as a response to a chronic demand that too many institutions have not sufficiently addressed, said one of the student creators, Jonathan Merril.”

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