CSU Global to be the first U.S. institution to accept Udacity course for credit
Colorado State University-Global Campus, the nation’s first 100% online, independently accredited public university, has announced that it will accept full course credit for students who’ve completed Udacity’s Introduction to Computer Science course. This marks the first time a U.S. institution will formally accept a Udacity course for credit. International institutions University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of Salzburg in Austria are already accepting Udacity’s computer science courses for credit.
Taught by Dave Evans of UVA, Udacity’s Introduction to Computer Science went through an excensive review process by CSU Global’s faculty where it was determined that the offering adequately covers all of the content in an average three credit-hour intro to computer science course in which students typically acquire basic programming skills and computer science theory.
“As a university, CSU-Global supports accessible and flexible education opportunities or adult studen
ts in Colorado and beyond. Based on the review and recommendation of our faculty, CSU-Global is pleased to be able to offer college credit for Udacity students who successfully complete the CS101 course and its Pearson exam, and who wish to transfer to CSU-Global to complete their Bachelor’s degree,”stated Dr. Takeda-Tinker, President of Colorado State University in a blog post on Udacity’s website.
Sebastian Thrun, CEO and founder of Udacity, said in the same post, “We are very excited, as this is a recognition of the real learning being achieved by our students. This presents one formal path for Udacity’s CS101 students to receive college credit at one state university in the U.S. We look forward to seeing more options open for our students in the near future.”
In order to receive credit, students will need to have completed the final exam and received Udacity’s Certification of Accomplishment; they will also have to take a proctored Pearson exam, offered by Udacity through Pearson VUE’s secure testing center.
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