The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that 25 institutions of higher education will give credit for 100 free or low-cost online courses. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has funded this initiative.
The institutions participating in the alternative credit consortium include: American Public University; Capella University; Central Michigan University; Charter Oak State College; Colorado Community College System; Colorado Technical University; East Carolina University; Fayetteville State University; Fort Hays State University; Goodwin College; John F. Kennedy University; Kaplan University; Lakeland College; Metropolitan State University of Denver; National Louis University; Northern Arizona University; Northwestern State University; Notre Dame College; SUNY Empire State College; Texas Woman’s University; Thomas Edison State College; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland University College; University of Memphis; University of North Carolina.
ACE hopes to increase access to college for nontraditional students, those who might not otherwise have a chance to complete a degree, and to decrease the time in college for students who find it more cost effective and convenient to take general education courses online.
According to ACE President Molly Corbett Broad:
“The institutions serving in this pilot project will play a valuable role in helping enhance the work we have been doing for many years in developing quality mechanisms for determining the credit worthiness of education, training and life experiences outside of a formal higher education classroom setting,” …. “We very much appreciate this generous investment and the commitment it represents to the effort to provide a more flexible and cost-efficient way to increase the number of Americans able to gain a college degree or credential.”
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