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Traditional Higher Ed Opens Doors for Tuition-Free Online University

By Sarah Kessler

Online universities have earned a reputation among traditional higher education institutions as businesses that offer low-quality degrees in exchange for hefty debt. But online University of the People challenges the stereotype.

The University is completely free. Its mission is not to turn a profit, but rather to create a truly global opportunity for education. A thousand students who live in 115 different countries are taught by the university’s core of 2,000 volunteers. Traditional universities are starting to open their doors to People’s free, nontraditional counterpart.

In May, New York University announced it would accept students from University of the People at its Abu Dhabi campus. On Tuesday, HP invited the free university’s students to become virtual interns with its Catalyst Initiative — a global consortia of 56 organizations, most of them universities, that focuses on projects related to improving STEM education.

Continued at: http://mashable.com/2011/06/29/university-of-the-people-hp-nyu/

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