Fort Wayne homeschoolers might consider attending many of the local colleges in the area: Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College, and Indiana Wesleyan are just a few fine institutions students can enroll in locally. Click here to see a complete list of colleges in the Fort Wayne area,
Other homeschoolers will continue to homeschool through college by taking all their classes online. Now it’s possible to do so for free at University of the People (UOP). Currently it offers the following four undergraduate degrees: Associate (A.S.-B.A.) and Bachelor (B.S.-B.A.) degrees in Business Administration and Associate (A.S.-C.S.) and Bachelor (B.S.-C.S.) degrees in Computer Science.
UOP first opened its doors on May 19, 2009 with a goal of reaching 110 countries at the beginning of Term 3 of its second year. Its student body has now grown to 1,000 students from 115 countries which include Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Zambia.
University of the People is a non-profit organization devoted to providing universal access to quality, online post-secondary education to qualified students. In its mission statement, it states that “the vision of University of the People is grounded in the belief that universal access to education is a key ingredient in the promotion of world peace and global economic development.”
The University’s four core values include: Opportunity (accessible higher education for all), Community (all races, all backgrounds are welcome), Integrity (a culture grounded in personal integrity, honesty and responsiblity), and Quality (high-quality on-line experience with depth and scope able to meet the challengees of the 21st century).
“Together, we can create a tuition-free university for students all over the world,” states Shai Reshef, founder and president of UOP.
For those who don’t care about receiving a certificate or diploma, Yale University offers free online lectures which homeschool high school students may find useful for rounding out their courses.
One thing is clear: education is changing. More and more traditional and nontraditional Fort Wayne college students take their classes online. Virtual classes are becoming more popular for those with full-time jobs and families. And with the rise in gas prices, they save money as well as time.
It’s an exciting time for higher education. It’s never been easier for Hoosiers to get a college degree.