Friday, October 7, 2016

The University of Illinois's iMBA program offers encouraging news - Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Less than a year after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s M.B.A.-through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners. Since launching in January, the roughly $22,000 online program, called the iMBA, has brought 270 new degree-seeking and tuition-paying students to the college. Another 80 are paying to take individual courses, priced at about $1,000 each. The college has also seen more than 950,000 people sign up for free versions of the courses, which have been offered on Coursera, a massive open online course platform, for 18 months. About 27,000 of them have paid a fee to receive an identity-verified certificate.

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