San Jose State University’s experiment in offering low-cost, entry-level online classes for credit will expand this summer with two new courses and increased enrollment, officials announced Monday.
The university partnered earlier this year with the Silicon Valley online education provider Udacity to offer three popular “gateway” courses -- remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics -- that are in high demand for students seeking to transfer or obtain a degree. The courses were initially limited to 100 students.
Enrollment in the remedial math and algebra courses will grow to about 200 students for the summer session, with a goal of 1,000 students for the statistics class. Two new courses –- computer science and introduction to psychology -- will be added, each enrolling 1,000 students. Registration for classes begins Tuesday.
Each class will cost $150, with no state or federal support. By comparison, a typical course offered through extended education can cost $750 to $1,000. The courses, which are open to anyone, should transfer to most other public and private institutions, officials said.