A Thousand Free Online Courses Now Available for Students Whose Studies Have Been Interrupted by Hurricane Katrina

A Thousand Free Online Courses Now Available for Students Whose Studies Have Been Interrupted by Hurricane Katrina

UMassOnline joins Sloan Consortium to assist displaced students

Shrewsbury, MA - September 22, 2005 - UMassOnline, The University of Massachusetts online education division, joins The Sloan Consortium, an international association of colleges and universities committed to quality online education, in offering students whose studies have been interrupted by Hurricane Katrina an opportunity to continue their education tuition-free.

UMassOnline will deliver twenty online courses from four UMass campuses: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell. Courses range from Introduction to Music to Sociology of the Law. "We are proud to join Sloan in this laudable effort to help students affected by the hurricane get back on track," states UMassOnline CEO David Gray. "Offering students access to courses online enables them to continue their studies regardless of their location. We hope our participation helps displaced students in some small way," Gray concluded.

According to Sloan, more than 1,000 students have already requested courses for this special 8-week accelerated semester, beginning October 10, by signing up at www.SloanSemester.org. "There are now more than 1,000 courses available for students to choose from," said Frank Mayadas, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "There are more than 200 institutions, from marquee name universities to community colleges who are waiving tuition and fees." All courses carry degree credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Mayadas says that support is also being offered to institutions who are not directly impacted by the hurricane, but that are struggling to meet the needs of students who have relocated to their campuses. "If a student can't get a full load or if their host doesn't offer a specific course, Sloan Semester is a great resource."

Date: 09/22/05

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