QuickWire: For-Profit University Will Accept MOOC Credits

Bridgepoint Education’s Ashford University, which offers courses both online and on a campus in Clinton, Iowa, said on Friday that it would allow students to earn credits toward degrees by taking “selected” massive open online courses offered through two of the three big online-course providers, Coursera and Udacity.

The courses are those that have met the standards set by the American Council on Education’s Credit College and University Network. The network began evaluating the creditworthiness of MOOCs last spring.

“These new opportunities for program completion make the degree process more affordable for students and may also shorten the completion time,” Ashford said in a news release.

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