Mass High Tech - UMassOnline among schools offering free web classes to Katrina-affected students

Mass High Tech - UMassOnline among schools offering free web classes to Katrina-affected students

UMassOnline, The University of Massachusetts online education division, has teamed up with The Sloan Consortium, an international association of colleges and universities offering online education, to provide tuition-free education for students whose studies have been interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

UMassOnline will deliver 20 online courses from four UMass campuses: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell. Courses range from Introduction to Music to Sociology of the Law.

According to Sloan officials, more than 1,000 students have already requested courses for this special eight-week accelerated semester, beginning Oct. 10, by signing up at www.SloanSemester.org. There are more than 200 institutions who are waiving tuition and fees, officials say.

Introduced in early 2001, UMassOnline supported more than 17,500 enrollments and generated $16.5 million in revenue in 2005

The Sloan Consortium is administered through Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Babson College.

Date: 09/23/05

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