Free MOOC Leads to Accredited Degree
ATLANTA, Sept. 5, 2014 –
MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) provide students with the opportunity to study virtually every subject tuition free but until now there has only been one MOOC that offered a path to an accredited degree and that came with a $6,000 price tag for a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
A competency based, accredited Associate’s Degree in Business Administration (A.BA) is being offered by www.edevate.university completely free of charge to the first 300 students completing a Business 101 MOOC and all other students will pay only $990 for the complete program, a price point that disrupts the typical for-profit tuition of $20,000+ for similar online programs. The program offers a lifeline to students drowning in student debt or attending failing institutions such as Anthem College and Everest College and struggling but still operating ITT Tech.
The A.BA degree will be granted by an accredited business school that has partnered with Edevate and is being submitted for accreditation to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) a US accreditor recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (www.chea.org). Graduates of the A.BA program are guaranteed admission to Bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, IT Security, Marketing, Sales & Sales Leadership and Sports Management.
Edevate offers over 8,400 MOOCs and other free and low cost educational resources together with a range of assessment tools allowing users to earn skills credentials and accredited continuing education and college credits.
Edevate President Gordon Rogers says: “The MOOC to degree concept will become a reality once there is a generally accepted process for evaluating and accrediting MOOSs. In the meantime programs such as this offer students an opportunity to acquire and credential critical skills that can help them to enter or advance in a career”.
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