Sadly, one of the major pioneers in distance degrees is biting the dust. The Cal State University Dominguez Hills external Master's in Humanities is no longer accepting applications, and, after nearly 40 years and thousands of graduates, will be gone within a year. Main reason seems to be unpopularity of their new model -- replacing a very personal correspondence one-on-one program with a mass on-line approach. I have told the story of how my wife, Marina, with her PhD in Philosophy (from Vanderbilt) was told she was unqualified to teach Philosophy in the California community college system, since Philosophy is in the Humanities department, which requires a Master's in Humanities. "I happen to have one of those, too" she said . . . and recently retired from fifteen very happy years teaching Philosophy at Berkeley City College.