Published by: Inside Higher Ed

LinkedIn has become a company to watch in higher education. This week the job networking site announced it would spend $1.5 billion to buy lynda.com, an online course portal.

The deal is the biggest so far for LinkedIn, which has roughly 300 million users. Last year the publicly traded company unveiled a college ranking system based on its members’ career success, expanding with graduate school rankings last month. It also released a search tool that links college majors with jobs — allowing users to peruse real profiles of people who work in specific fields and geographic locations.

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