[caption id="attachment_52666" align="alignleft" width="150"] The courses—entry-level mathematics, elementary statistics, and college algebra—are often stumbling blocks for students seeking degrees.[/caption]

San Jose State University, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, is also at the heart of a big American education experiment: low-cost online classes offered for credit.

If it works, high school and college students nationwide could have access to cheap entry-level or remedial college courses by this summer.

Offering for-credit courses at $150 each, a fraction of the cost of other university online courses, is a significant leap forward in the rapidly changing world...

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