Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Can Online Education Help Refugees Earn Degrees? - Ellen Wexler, Chronicle of Higher Ed

When refugees want to enter higher education, they often lack the paperwork. But in the past few months, some online universities have been reaching out to those students, telling refugees that they don’t have to provide comprehensive records to enroll and offering free tuition. The University of the People, an online degree program based in the United States, is one of those institutions. Founded in 2009, the university charges students a $100 examination fee for each course as well as a one-time application fee. Last month the university announced that it would admit 500 Syrian refugees, including those without official transcripts and documentation. The refugees will be able to study either business administration or computer science, and those who cannot afford the examination and application fees may apply for scholarships. http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/can-online-education-help-refugees-earn-degrees/57456

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