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Not sure why you were down voted. This seems like it would be a legitimate concern to me if I were a "regular" Stanford student enrolled in (and paying for) this course.

A regular Stanford student can expect to spend about $50,000 a year [1] or about $200,000 for a four-year degree. In four years, I believe that there will be at least one company that will offer trustworthy certification for a lot less, like maybe $20,000 or $2000. If the primary benefit of a Stanford education is the certification, then in a few years Stanford grads may be like owners of $200,000 cars-- obviously wealthy, but not possessing any significant advantage in transportation over owners of $20,000 cars.

[1] http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090416220215AA...

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