UC Santa Cruz along with 62 colleges worldwide will offer free online courses to the public. The digital platform is called Coursera which was launched in April 2012 as a social entrepreneurship company that partners with top universities like Princeton, Stanford and University of Michigan.
All you need is an internet connection and there are more than 200 open online courses.
The other UC campus's are Irvine, San Francisco and San Diego.
For anyone that wanted to enroll in a C++ for C Programmers course, but didn't have either the time or the money, now is your chance to be taught by longtime UCSC professor Ira Pohl. He has taught in UCSC's school of engineering since 1970 and the courses will help potential students around the world to gain exposure to university level courses.
"Coursera is letting prominent faculty with the ability to teach get their content out there," Pohl said. "In an idealistic way, we're hoping to educate the world."
Chancellor George Blumenthal said the partnership will help make UCSC a key player in the movement to "democratize" higher education.
"We will be expanding the reach of UCSC faculty, and the knowledge they create, to people who are unable to join our on-campus community."
Coursera covers subjects such as humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business and computer science.
The classes include lectures, quizzes and tests like any traditional college course.
Students who successfully complete a Coursera class can request certification or a recommendation for credit from the American Council on Education. Visit www.coursera.org.
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