Distance Learning

Arizona State U, edX Partner on Global Freshman Academy

Arizona State University (ASU) and edX have launched the Global Freshman Academy, a new program that allows students to complete their first year of college online for credit.

Global Freshman Academy will offer eight courses taught by ASU professors. Students can opt to take individual courses for credit, or all eight. Those who complete the entire series, including several required courses and some electives, will earn the equivalent of a full freshman year at ASU. The courses will cost no more than $200 per credit hour, and upon completion of each course, students who pass the final exam can pay the fee to receive college credit for the course.

The general studies focus areas will include math, humanities, arts and design, social-behavioral sciences and natural sciences, according to information from ASU and edX. The first course, Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, is open for for enrollment now and will begin in August 2015. Two more courses, Human Origins and Western Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval Europe, will begin in October 2015. The remaining courses will begin within the next two years.

The program is intended to offer "a unique entry point to an undergraduate degree" by eliminating barriers such as standardized tests and transcripts. Anybody, regardless of their background or location, can register for the courses and earn college credits. According to ASU and edX, the program is suitable for students who need a more flexible and economical option for their education, such as people holding jobs, living remotely or raising families. Even high school students who want to get a jumpstart on their college education are welcome in the program.

Further information about the Global Freshman Academy can be found on the edX site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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