Free Open Online Courses Approved for Transferable College Credit

January 2nd, 2014 by

The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has added six courses that are provided by the Saylor Foundation to their list of courses that are recommended for potential transferable credit, bringing the total courses to nine. Students taking and passing a proctored exam in these courses could earn themselves as many as twenty-eight credits that may be transferred to college credits.

These online degree level courses can be completed on a schedule that suits the student and include the following subjects:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Calculus 1
  • Beginning Algebra
  • Corporate Communication
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Business Statistics
  • Introduction to Western Political Thought

The Saylor Foundation chooses the courses that they feel are the strongest and will be of use to students and submits them for evaluation with the NCCRS. Their goal is to reduce the cost of a college education by providing free courses that allow students to gain credit and reduce the length and therefore the cost of a degree across a wide range of subjects.

Each course undergoes a rigorous review by the NCCRS before being added to the recommended list. A panel of subject experts looks at the content and supporting materials for each course and provides a detailed report and a recommendation on whether the credits are warranted or not. Once courses have been accepted onto the recommended list, students that pass the proctored exam can apply to transfer these credits to over 1500 colleges and Universities that are willing to accept credits gained by taking these recommended online courses.

These free courses can make a big difference to the cost of a college degree, whether a student chooses to attend a traditional college or continue with an online degree program; the current courses available equal nearly two semesters of college classes with an estimated savings of over $8,000. Students only need to pay a modest $25 for a proctoring service for each exam they take. It is also possible to use a free proctor if they have one available to them.

The Saylor Foundation has many more free online courses available in a huge range of subjects, all designed by experienced teachers and faculty. It is likely that many more will be added to the recommended list in the future as the Foundation continues to work toward its goal of making quality education freely available to all.

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Sandy Davis

Sandy Davis is a long-time educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, having taught English, writing, and communication on the secondary and college levels. With ten years of experience in blogging, social media and content management, she is a freelance writer and content marketing specialist for a diverse range of clients.

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