Semester Online™ Announces First Group of Affiliate Partner Schools

 Baylor University, Southern Methodist University and Temple University
Partner with New Undergraduate For-Credit Online Education Initiative

LANDOVER, MD. — July 30, 2013 — Semester Online, the first undergraduate education initiative to offer online rigorous, for-credit courses from a consortium of top-tier colleges and universities, announced today that Baylor University, Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Temple University have joined Semester Online as Charter Affiliate Partners.   

According to each university's academic policies and procedures, undergraduate students enrolled at Charter Affiliate Partner schools will be offered approved Semester Online courses to combine with their on-campus course offerings and will receive full college credit toward their degree for each approved Semester Online course they successfully complete.  Charter Affiliate Partners will have exclusive access to the meaningful data about best practices in online learning that will arise from Semester Online's unique pedagogical approaches.

The Semester Online consortium providing the courses—which are taught live—includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis.

"Semester Online's teaching institutions provide distinctive course offerings for undergraduates in an online learning experience that matches the rigor and richness of on-campus classrooms," said Ed Macias, Chair, Semester Online Consortium and Provost Emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis. "Through the Affiliate program, more students will now be able to continue their coursework while pursuing opportunities or commitments away from campus."

"Our Affiliate Partners will make Semester Online readily accessible to a diverse group of high achieving undergraduates seeking a compelling online academic experience," said Andrew Hermalyn, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Semester Online.

Eleven Semester Online courses, taught by top faculty from the Semester Online teaching institutions are being offered this fall with additional courses for the Spring 2014 semester to be announced in September. Students from Baylor, SMU and Temple will be able to register for Semester Online courses with administrative approval through their home universities.

Technology, instructional design and infrastructure support for Semester Online is provided by 2U, Inc., the leader in creating online academic experiences for top colleges and universities.

Information about Semester Online courses and the application process is now available at www.semesteronline.org.  You can follow Semester Online at twitter.com/SemesterOnline and facebook.com/SemesterOnline

About Semester Online
Semester Online is the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities that includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis. In partnership with 2U, Semester Online offers rigorous, online, for-credit courses to college students from anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit semesteronline.org.

About 2U, Inc.
2U is revolutionizing higher education by developing the world's best online educational experiences in partnership with leading universities. Founded in 2008 by a team of education veterans, 2U provides universities with the technology, infrastructural support and capital they need to transform on-campus programs into state-of-the-art web-based programs. 2U's partner programs deliver unparalleled student retention, satisfaction and outcomes. For more information, please visit 2U.com.

About Baylor University
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

About Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Southern Methodist University grew from the entrepreneurial spirit of Dallas, which partnered with the Methodist Church in 1911 to establish the University. Today SMU ranks in the top quarter of national universities, strengthened by a growing research profile and high-achieving students. The University draws a diverse student body of nearly 11,000 from all 50 states and 90 countries. SMU offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through seven degree-granting schools, providing students with opportunities for community service, hands-on research and global studies. Its Dallas campus has grown to include 101 buildings on 237 acres just five miles north of downtown. SMU also serves the region, nation and world with a unique resource—the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Nonsectarian in its teaching, the University is committed to academic freedom and open inquiry, the foundation for intellectual growth and thoughtful leadership.

About Temple University
Temple University, a national leader in education, innovation and community engagement, is Philadelphia's third largest private employer and only public university. With more than 39,000 students, 320 academic degree programs and nine campuses including Rome and Tokyo, Temple is the 28th largest university and the fourth largest provider of professional education in the U.S. It was founded in 1884.

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