ACE has endorsed Coursera! The premier higher education association announced Wednesday (February 6) their recommendation that higher education institutions offer credit for 5 online courses offered through Coursera.
The American Council on Education (ACE), represents the presidents of over 2000 2-year and 4-year, accredited, private and public, degree-granting institutions. These 2000 affiliates are considering giving credit for completing certain MOOC courses.
Students would have to pay a fee to have a proctored exam in an identity verified environment. Outside of that, the class would be entirely free.
San Jose State University in California has partnered with Udacity to offer college credit for 3 Udacity classes, for a fee.
Other schools such as Duke University, University of California, Irvine and University of Pennsylania are not interested in MOOC credit for students enrolled in their schools or not. Professors from the Universities may offer the courses, but they will still not translate to credit.
One reason, money. Universities charge $20,000 - $40,000 per year for undergraduate tuition and fees. This can amount to a huge financial loss to elite institutions.
Some may decide only degree seeking students credit may be accepted, while others will continue to fight the growing demand for credit based free online courses.
Most institutions require students to earn a certain number (around 50%) of their credits from the school in order to earn a certificate or degree, which may prevent students from weaving together a degree from schools around the country like a patchwork quilt.
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