A Pioneer in Free Online Higher Education – World Education University

by Emily Lucas on July 9, 2013

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World Education University is a poised to offer free accredited higher education.

Education is crucial to our proper development and the understanding and knowledge that education brings makes each of us a better human being.  It is also crucial for our professional prospects, allowing us to develop the necessary skills and abilities for the profession in question. In short, education is the key to improving one’s socio-economic position, and as such it is a right that should be available to everyone.

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What is World Education University?

World Education University (WEU) is an online-based university that offers a range of academic courses for any student who wishes to learn and develop themselves. There are both undergraduate and graduate courses available, including Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, Graduate Certificates and Diplomas.

This is the first free online higher education institution in the world. Most of the time online courses do not come cheaply, but WEU’s founder Curtis Pickering has utilized digital advertising and other clever financing methods to eliminate all tuition fees. In return for no tuition fees, WEU asks its students to make good use of their education and use their education to do good in the world. WEU are not supported by the government. They are able to provide free courses through advertising and other revenue channels.

WEU operates an ongoing admissions process and applicants may enroll at any time they wish. Once enrolled, students can learn the course at their own pace and in their own time. WEU recommends that students commit at least 15-20 hours per week for their studies.

There are a range of courses offered by WEU offered by the following departments in the following subject areas:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Education
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Retail Management
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology


The Mission of World Education University

Unfortunately there is much unfairness in education. Those who are lucky and privileged are automatically in a better position than those who aren’t, with the money and the mobility to acquire the best opportunities in life. Often, the people that need education the most and could benefit the most from high quality education are the ones that are provided with the least.

This global issue lies at the heart of WEU’s mission. They believe that the world should have access to education without paying for it -which is why all of their educational services are free – so that everyone has the chance to increase their skills and their knowledge and better themselves and their socio-economic situation. Economic barriers are preventing a huge portion of the global population from gaining access to the education they deserve, and WEU aims to address this problem with its free educational services.

Requirements, Standards and Routes of Entry

Two types of learning are available with WEU. “Enrichment learning” is offered purely for the benefit of learning, while Credit courses provide you with real course credits just like at any other university and provide you with degree level qualifications and other higher education qualifications.

To apply for an Enrichment course, there is only a short enrollment process and orientation course, after which you have free choice of any WEU Enrichment course. To apply for any Credit undergraduate course you must have an applicable high school diploma or equivalent, and for graduate courses you must be educated to degree level or have an equivalent qualification.

WEU welcomes anyone who has a desire to learn, regardless of the level of education, age, nationality, location or any other factor. WEU welcomes international applicants for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, who have not been educated in the U.S.

Absolutely no tuition fees are charged to learners. Some fees do apply for extra online resources and the learner may pay for these extra features at their discretion. Costs may also apply for textbook resources, videos and interactive media. Some features may need to be purchased to successfully complete certain courses.

Accreditation

According their About page, “WEU is authorized to operate as a degree granting institution of higher education and is exempt from the California Private Post-Secondary Act of 2009. WEU is preparing the necessary materials to apply for accreditation. At this time no assurance can be given as to when, or if accreditation might be granted.” If WEU can achieve national recognized certification, it will be a huge step forward.

The Present and the Future

The World Education University is currently developing special GED preparatory classes to help students who do not have the GED certificate. This will allow students who have dropped out of high school to reach this important stage before applying for a Credit course.

Advanced technology is being developed especially for WEU’s online academic courses. This will ensure that all students will gain the best learning experience and collaborate with others through an online community of learners. Intelligent, personalized learning will enable students to learn the things that interest them the most, with the content shaped, adapted and improved by student feedback.

The internet is proving to be the most important tool in the fight against educational inequality. Up until now, the main problem with online higher education has been the cost. But now with the introduction of World Education University, the playing field has been leveled and the opportunity for higher learning is now truly available to anyone, as long as they have the entrance requirements and the drive to succeed in their higher learning.

Radical changes in education are predicted for the coming years.  We are going to see increasing access for more and more people, and virtual campuses utilizing the latest technologies for richer and more rewarding online learning experiences. We can also bet on reduced costs and fairer pricing, and thanks to institutions like WEU, completely free pricing for high-quality higher education courses.

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About 

I'm Emily Lucas. I'm experienced freelance writer and blogger for many sites, including topbritishessays.com. My areas of interests are very wide, but mostly I write for educational websites and blogs. My aim is to share my ideas with young audience and provide useful tips for education and private life.

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Diddie October 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

@Lili Arroyo:
Hi, and what are your experiences? Have you got already credits? I took a course but still no credits and no response to my emails.

K. Walsh September 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

While this page does not have graduate’s perceptions noted, it does have info about 1st year student perceptions, and the perceptions of employers of WEU grads: http://www.wgu.edu/about_WGU/graduate_success. Hope that helps a bit!

Y. Moustafa September 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

thanks for the article :)

do you know anyone graduated from WEU?
I would like to hear testimonials from graduated students.

regards

Lili Arroyo September 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I just enrolled @ WEU and am impressed to say the least. I have hit a few bumps online but they were quick to fix them. I’m doing 2 degrees at the same time so I will be updating you in the future on my progress and how my experience has been with the school. Congrats to new & future enrollees… I think this is an awesome experience to have!!

guiltypixel August 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

As a student at WEU, and a professional with prior degrees, I am proud to be a part of something great which should have existed long ago. We are taking a risk, but hopefully we are also paving the way for a future which will no longer treat maximizing human potential as a privilege for the elite. How can we progress as a species, as a global community, if we continue to put one of the highest priorities of civilization in a locked box with a price tag? Come join us and see for yourself, the critics are quite uninformed and WEU is growing by leaps and bounds.

Police Science Institute July 19, 2013 at 1:29 am

I like the article and if any one is getting the degree from a accredited and well known university then its really a good news for students.

K. Walsh July 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Hey Kelle –

When I search for Differential Equations on the WEU Catalog page, two courses come up – ENGR490 and ENGR560. Hopefully one of these works for your husband. Let us know how he it works out if you remember. Thanks!

Kelle Campbell July 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thanks for writing about WEU. There’s a lot of talk about OERs out there, but this is the first time that I’ve heard about this resource. It will indeed be interesting if they are granted accreditation but my husband’s not waiting around until then. I just told him about your post and he’s planning to see if WEU has a course on advanced differential equations!

John A, Rose July 11, 2013 at 4:41 am

Dear Emily Lucas:
I enjoyed your article “A Pioneer in Free Online Higher Education – World Education University”.
As a course developer for WEU, I did my due diligence prior to offering my service.
I was impressed with the many impressive professionals who are investing time and talents and committed to the WEU mission. I was also impressed with the depth of their experience and expectations. They believe in the mission.
Clearly WEU is an honest institution. I know of no other college, proprietary or otherwise, that would be this honest in admitting to an unfairness for those who have been less privileged.
I am enjoying my “paying it forward” by working with WEU whose founders and charter staff and faculty have invested much in helping this come to fruition.

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