Skip to comments.Tuition–free online university welcomes students from America and the world
Posted on 02/15/2014 2:13:10 PM PST by usalady
University of the People is a tuition-free online institution that aims to reach all students that wish to obtain a college education. It is fully accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, a national accrediting group. It offers courses that include business administration and computer science programs.
The regime will have to suppress this immediately.
Big Education is a major funding source for Democrats.
Nothing shall be allowed to disrupt Big Education.
The video that accompanies this article explains more about The University of the people.
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I hate to admit what my first thought was. If it is an accredited school, then folks can use it in order to get financial aid. Then, the students get to keep whatever they qualified for.
I have often wondered why the State University systems have not gone online with a reduced cost. That would bring the educational experience to anyone with a smart phone and wifi.
Of course the drunken rap sessions and sex parties would suck, but hey, not everyone can afford private school.
Excellent post and right on the money.
Thanks for posting this, I’m definitely going to check it out. 55 years old and now up the creek because 30 years ago I didn’t get that old sheepskin. Maybe this can help me.
Right now the state and private universities have taken on so much unneeded expenses that if it was not for the foreign students some of the would go broke.
University of the People has two strikes against it. First, national accreditation is not the same as regional accreditation: credits will not be transferable, and the degrees will not be recognized by regionally accredited institutions. Second and more importantly, it’s associated with Israel, which in the academic world is second only to being pro-life as a deal killer.
Universities with tuitions typically throw a lot of fluff into their curriculums. If you want a computer science degree, most of your classes will include things like theatre, dance, art, literature, sociology, etc. What employer is going to look at your resume and say “Oh, you’ve read Shakespeare! Well, I think we’ve found our new network administrator”. It’s just the universtity sucking money out of its students. Suppose you have to take a finger painting class in order to get a degree. Then of course you must buy a textbook (written by the teacher and only available in their book store), 400 hues of paint, and canvas made of a particular reed that grows only a few days a year in Borneo. It’s all a scam.
Suppose you have to take a finger painting class in order to get a degree. Then of course you must buy a textbook (written by the teacher and only available in their book store), 400 hues of paint, and canvas made of a particular reed that grows only a few days a year in Borneo. Its all a scam.
there is another reason, all the different humanities departments live and die on numbers of students enrolled in their courses. So of course you have to take mandatory art, women studies, philosophy etc.
According to the University site:
(*At this time, due to US regulatory requirements, University of the People is unable to accept applications for admission from applicants residing in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon,Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.)
An interesting concept and a good answer to those politicians looking for more taxpayer funding for the ‘all of a sudden must have’ college for everyone
....it’s not needed.
For the industrious student, it would be a good way to become knowledgeable about subject matter before you head into a more conventional course of study.
And here is the URL:
These are issues that anyone planning to attend this educational institution should consider. It is only the Liberal Left that would be concerned that it is based in Israel, If you will notice at the article site
the accompanying video indicates that professors involved with the students are from universities that will be associated with it include Yale and others of the caliber.
I predicted, years ago, that brick & mortar education will die off under its own inefficiencies and the competition of the internet.
This is another step to realizing the dream of dismantling the liberal indoctrination camps.
There are many indications that many universities are facing financial problems and if the foreign students were not attending many of them would have to close their doors. So your predications appear to be coming true.
Education without indoctrination? This will not do!
Saylor also offers whole programs online with from what I have seen a little less propaganda style videos. MIT also has all of its course notes and syllabi online the information and knowledge is out there for the taking. The higher education bubble is on the way out
Bookmark. Free University, now no longer a dream?
I have been doing research and writing about how the Internet was going to change education for many years so I expect to see many innovative way of presenting classes coming very soon.
The student loan bubble is already bursting as more of the loans going into default. A skilled trade certification is becoming more valuable than a college degree in such things as Women’s Studies.
A few do aim for degrees in these fields, but then their only hope of using it is to get a teaching job, just perpetuating the cycle
The worst words out of the mouths of your college aged kid is that professor left-wing-nut thinks that they should change their major from nursing, engineering, finance etc to Womens studies, English etc, because they think I have a real future in the field.
I was able to short circuit that with my kids but have met others who bought the ploy.
Not quite free. Fair enough, as there are costs involved and some barrier is needed to prevent greedy/gratuitous signups.
“Application Processing Fee
Applicants are charged an Application Processing Fee in the range of $10 to $50 based on their country of residence. Students unable to pay these processing fees are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Exam Processing Fee
Students are charged an Exam Processing Fee of $100 per end-of-course exam. Students unable to pay this processing fee are eligible to apply for a scholarship.”
It is no longer a dream. There have been indications that I wrote about in December 2012, “Education in U.S. losing it traditional control....”
while at the same time university administrators were ignoring what was happening.
This is hugh and series! Imagine universities having to compete. They’ll hang on by using the accreditation process to exclude newcomers, but in the long run it’ll be a losing battle.
Absolutely...For the most part they'll go the way of the buggy whip....
It's the wave of the future, no question.
I post not to criticize this school (I know nothing about it and have never heard of it), or its DETC affiliation.
DETC has achieved some measure of recognition, but it is still not a generally accepted “regional accreditation agency” for college credit purposes.
These credits are often not accepted by regionally-accredited colleges (for transfer, for further degrees).
Distance education can serve a valid purpose, especially for somebody who is required to travel a lot or maybe has a disability that makes it difficult to attend a regular college. And, some distance education programs (accredited or not) can be quite good quality.
There are many distance ed programs that are also fully accredited (by a recognized ‘regional accreditation agency’ in USA, or as recognized depending on country the college is located, such as UK does it slightly differently but it is easy there to find out the ligitimate, recognized colleges).
I do not know about this school, whether it has high or low quality instructional programs. But I would definitely recommend a prospective student check further whether its programs and its DETC accreditation will best serve the student’s best interests and future study and/or employment plans... before signing up.
Note also that all states have public community colleges, most with very low fees (and usually with either a generous fee waiver program or grants or scholarships for anyone who can’t afford the low fees). Most public community colleges are fully “regionally accredited” so that most regular coursework there will usually transfer to other colleges and universities. (Many community colleges will not accept DETC coursework for transfer INTO the community college, however.)
Note also that many employers do not recognize unaccredited college work, while some give it some weight but still discount it in the hiring and promotional processes. Having a discounted credential is not the best strategy for most people, especially in a bad economy like at present.
Some employers will give a DETC program graduate some weight, others will not.
A student is almost always better off taking a fully regionally-accredited course of studies, whether in person on a regular campus or, if necessary, via distance ed.
ps: here are the generally-recognized “regional accreditation agencies” and the states each serves, fyi:
All I am saying is, if a student has a choice between a regionally-accredited course of studies and DETC, s/he is normally better off taking the regionally-accredited program. If a student’s only choices are between DETC and nothing, take the DETC (but don’t expect full weight when later trying to transfer the coursework to universities or colleges, and don’t expect full weight either when applying for many jobs, though some employers will honor DETC credentials especially for certain trades that generally do not have regionally-accredited programs on offer).
All the best,
If you accessed my article at
you will see a video that includes Yale as one of the sites that are associated with this online university.
I haven’t checked this out as yet as the announcement that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education was only that it had received accreditation.
Is another online group offering free classes. I haven’t really had time to look into it much yet, but feel free to check it out.
all I saw in the announcement was DETC as “accreditator”
While DETC has achieved some recognition it is still a “red flag” (sorry to have to put it that way, perhaps that’s a bit harsh too) for most academically-savvy people. And, most universities will not accept DETC coursework or credentials if presented to them.
Beyond that, I have nothing I can add. I have a higher regard for DETC than do most universities, I do not wish to knock it or the new school you posted. I just saw the DETC instead of one of the more widely-accepted “regional accreditation agencies” and so thought it necessary to post a cautionary note is all. People are smart and they can check things out for themselves...
thanks for understanding
Although there seems to be an Obama administration interest in free education however it would be the American taxpayer picking up the check for the tuition.
As I wrote earlier the $1 trillion student loan bubble is about to burst as the defaults increase.
My research indicates that enrollment at private colleges has fallen 9% which could put some of them out of business.
Another topic of interest is how remedial classes at colleges are increasing because unprepared students are admitted in order to fill the empty classrooms.
yes, the number of remedial and basic courses has increased (and eaten up most of the budget money that was promised to be to restore courses across the spectrum).
ALSO, many regular courses are slowed down and are unable to include as much material ...or, more often, are unable to cover it nearly as well...because of the extra time being consumed in “reviewing” or “preparing” students for lessons or readings they SHOULD be ready for, but are not... (in effect, remedial instruction is pushing into regular courses alot)
when you see a bunch of basic English 100 classes on offer in a college schedule... and no Shakespeare or Chaucer or Faulkner or Hemingway...and precious little advanced composition... you know the school is impacted with “remedial” students (people who shouldn’t be there)
Well said. I hope everyone reading this blog will carefully read what you have written.
The reality is that public education has failed millions of American students by pushing them through grade after grade even though they were unable to read or write. Now the colleges and universities are doing the same thing.
The only bright spot is the Parents Revolution and Choice as children are being home schooled, attending charter, private and religious schools. There are signs that minority families are now demanding a choice about where their children attend school.
I assume the University of Arizona is fully accredited.
University of Arizona class requires students to participate in ‘Condom Olympics’
“Sex, Health, and AIDS” is a three-credit undergraduate course.
Professor William Simmons says he prefers an “action learning assignment” over papers and exams.
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