Sure beats the library.
Since WeWork teamed up with online education company 2U last year, more than 1,000 students enrolled in 2U-managed graduate programs have taken advantage of the coworking giant’s hot desks, communal meeting spaces, and free-flowing coffee. According to 2U CEO Chip Paucek, usage is increasing every week, with 10,000 2U students signed up for WeWork access.
Now, 2U is expanding the partnership to include over 2,000 of its faculty members and course administrators, who hail from universities including Georgetown, Rice, and Yale.
“The whole idea [of 2U] is to unleash school from physical boundaries. But people do want to have community and get together,” says Paucek. “We thought it was a no-brainer to increase the value of what we provide to the students and the faculty.”