New Consortium of Leading Universities Will Move Forward With Transformative, For-Credit Online Education Program

New Consortium of Leading Universities Will Move Forward With Transformative,
                     For-Credit Online Education Program

PR Newswire

LANDOVER, Md., Nov. 15, 2012

Semester Online™ will be first of its kind featuring rigorous, innovative,
live courses

LANDOVER, Md., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, a group of the
nation's leading universities announced plans to launch a new, innovative
program that transforms the model of online education. Consortium members
include Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern
University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of
Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest
University and Washington University in St. Louis. The new online education
program, Semester Online,  will be the first of its kind to offer
undergraduate students the opportunity to take rigorous, online courses for
credit from a consortium of universities. The program is delivered through a
virtual classroom environment and interactive platform developed by 2U,
formerly known as 2tor.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Semester Online will be available to
academically qualified students attending consortium schools as well as other
top schools across the country. Information about Semester Online courses and
the application process will be available in early 2013. The consortium
anticipates adding a small number of institutions prior to next year's launch.

Initial Semester Online courses will feature primarily the same faculty and
curricula as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, with additional courses
designed for the online format to be included in the future. Through a
state-of-the-art virtual classroom, students will participate in discussions
and exercises, attend lectures and collaborate with peers while guided by
renowned professors—as close to the on-campus class experience as is currently
possible online.

Semester Online will offer students unprecedented opportunities for curricula
enhancement. They will have the chance to take advantage of unique course
offerings from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country,
courses they would not otherwise have access to. They will be able to work,
travel, participate in off-campus research programs or manage personal
commitments that in the past would have meant putting their studies on hold.

Semester Online also provides exciting opportunities to consortium faculty
members. Participating professors will have the chance to take part in a
first-class online learning experience and engage with the best and brightest
students across the country.

"There isn't any question that online education is an important and impactful
extension of our academic offering," said Ed Macias, provost and executive
vice chancellor for academic affairs of Washington University in St. Louis and
catalyst for organizing the consortium. "The challenge has been developing a
web-based program that mirrors the richness and robustness of the in-classroom
experience and applies credit toward earning a degree. Semester Online does
just that. The program will be a significant step forward."

"This is another way to test, learn from and benefit from the opportunities
and challenges the online and digital worlds provide for us. We're doing this
to offer our students even better options to enrich their education," said
Peter Lange, provost of Duke University.

"Students from all over the country, or even from abroad, will be able to
attend these online classes in real time—classes of about 15 to 20 students
taught by professors at some of the nation's leading universities," said
Daniel Linzer, Northwestern University provost. "These courses will expand
curricular options for students and will enable consortium schools to work
collaboratively to develop the most innovative and successful ways to utilize
new learning technologies."

"Now, no matter where they are in the world, students will have the
opportunity to engage in internships and work experiences, travel or manage
personal commitments while continuing their collegiate academic journey," said
Earl Lewis, Emory University provost.

The consortium is partnering with 2U, formerly known as 2tor, the leader in
creating online academic experiences for top universities. Semester Online
will feature many of the same elements that 2U offers its prestigious master's
degree program partners, including live class sessions that connect students
and professors; compelling, richly produced, self-paced course materials; and
a strong social network that allows students to connect and build
relationships with peers online.

"By making for-credit online undergraduate coursework a reality for these top
schools, Semester Online represents an important milestone for undergraduate
education, one that will influence the wider adoption of for-credit online
learning across all of higher education," said Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO
of 2U. "Semester Online demonstrates 2U's mission to help great schools go
online and provide high-quality learning experiences for credit, empowering
students to continue their education as they follow their ambitions,
anywhere."

"All of us will be working with our respective faculty, staff and students to
operationalize the programand develop guidelines for our students priorto
launch next fall," said Macias. "There arefurther issues to resolve, however,
it is tremendously exciting that this group of leading institutions has come
together and is committed to moving forward the concept of Semester Online."

For more information, please visit semesteronline.org. Additional information
about Semester Online courses and the application process will be available in
early 2013.

About Semester Online

Semester Online is the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit
undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities that
includes Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern
University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of
Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest
University and Washington University in St. Louis. In partnership with 2U,
formerly known as 2tor, Semester Online offers rigorous, online, for-credit
courses to college students from anywhere in the world. For more information,
please visit semesteronline.org.

About 2U, Inc.

2U, Inc., formerly known as 2tor, Inc., partners with top-tier universities to
deliver rigorous, selective graduate degree and undergraduate for-credit
programs online. Founded in 2008 by John Katzman and a team of education
veterans, the company provides universities with the technologies,
infrastructural support and capital they need to transform their on-campus
programs into high-quality, web-based programs. 2U is one of the
highest-funded education technology start-ups in the United States. 2U has
partnered with prestigious colleges and research universities to deliver the
following groundbreaking online programs:

  oUSC Rossier Online: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Teaching
    –TESOL and Master's of Education in Advanced Instruction from the
    University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
  oMSW@USC: Master of Social Work (MSW) from theUniversity of Southern
    CaliforniaSchool of Social Work
  oNursing@Georgetown: Master of Science Degree in Nursing fromGeorgetown
    UniversitySchool of Nursing & Health Studies
  oMBA@UNC: Master of Business Administration (MBA) from theUniversity
    ofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School
  oMPA@UNC: Master of Public Administration (MPA) from theUniversity
    ofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill School of Government
  o@WashULaw: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Law from Washington University
    School of Law
  oMPH@GW: Master of Public Health (MPH) in International and Rural Health
    from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health
    Services
  oSemester Online: For-credit undergraduate program through a consortium of
    leading universities



SOURCE 2U, Inc.

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