The University of the People, a tuition-free online university, received accreditation on Feb. 13 from a national agency and will graduate its first class of seven students later this year, Washington Square News reports.
NYU has collaborated with the University of the People since its launch in 2009 and NYU professors hold administrative positions within the online university.
NYU President John Sexton said the University of the People’s dedication to promoting higher education for disadvantaged students is impressive.
“We [are] proud of NYU’s collaboration with the University of the People, which provides us with additional avenues in identifying bright and ambitious candidates who might be right for NYU,” Sexton said.
Sexton formed a relationship with Shai Reshef, founder and president of the University of the People, after hearing him speak about the online university at a conference. Reshef said Sexton threw his support behind the university immediately.
… Ann Marcus, director of the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy, said online courses are useful for anyone who wants to learn and the University of the People offers that opportunity in an organized manner.