The beacon of hope is bright at Hillsdale College. Their free online courses are the best I've ever taken. In fact, they're better than any I've ever paid to take. Private support is encouraged because they take no Federal funding. They promote Independence and they live by it too. Not true for Yale, Harvard and Princeton. I beleive Hillsdale College to be the best model, mission and resource for higher education ever since it was chartered in 1844. Their Land of Hope online series is my favorite so far. When I finish the 25 lectures, I'm going to take the first 7 again. I urge you to check it out.