University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is a private non-profit, distance education university with its offices in Pasadena, California[note 2] and in Israel.[note 1][non-primary source needed]

University of the People
Seal of UoPeople.jpg
University seal
TypePrivate distance education university
EstablishedJanuary 2009
EndowmentUS$1.3 million (2013)[citation needed]
PresidentShai Reshef
Administrative staff
23 (in Israel)[note 1]
Students57,771 (2021)
Location, ,
United States
CampusOnline
ColorsEggplant  
WebsiteUoPeople.edu
University of the People Logo.jpg
UoPeople President Shai Reshef and UoPeople Provost David Cohen

HistoryEdit

University of the People was launched by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef in January 2009.[1] Although the university has no campus[2] due to its online distance learning nature, it uses a shared office in California as an office of admission.[3]

The first UoPeople students began classes in September 2009, studying for associate and bachelor's degrees in business administration and computer science. At that time, the school had no accreditation and did not charge any fees or tuition.[2]

In February 2012, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the University of the People a grant of $613,282 for the purposes of helping the university earn national accreditation.[4][better source needed] Two years later, the university was accredited for degree-granting programs through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).[5][better source needed]

In March 2016, the university began offering an online MBA, with the course itself beginning in September 2016.[6][better source needed] The MBA is not accredited by any business school accreditation bodies (e.g. AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS).[7]

In 2017, the University of Edinburgh partnered with the school so that graduates of the University of the People could complete a bachelor's or postgraduate degree at UE. [8] That same year, Olympian Simone Biles became a student[better source needed] and a spokeswoman for the school, and in 2018 she set up a scholarship fund to help financially struggling students.[9][10]

In January 2019, International Baccalaureate partnered with the University of the People to offer a Master's of Education in Advanced Teaching, with possible scholarships funding.[11][12]

UoPeople in Arabic, announced in the World Economic Forum[13] in April 2019, launched in September 2020 with its own website in Arabic; it uses a different website in Arabic and does not require proof of English knowledge while issuing American degrees.[14] [15]

In 2020, the University became a member of UNESCO global education coalition.[16][17][better source needed]

Office in IsraelEdit

According to the form 990 filed by Shai Reshef for the United States Internal Revenue Service, University of the People's administrative office is located in Israel and has 23 employees, as of 2018.[note 1][non-primary source needed]

AccreditationEdit

University of the People is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).[18] It is also approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.[19]

RankingsEdit

In July 2020, University of the People was ranked 5,822 in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which ranks institutions based on the volume, visibility, and impact of their web presences.[20][21]

FeesEdit

University of the People charges no tuition fees, but students must pay some administrative fees to cover course assessments, ranging from $2,460 for an associate's degree (two years) to $4,860 for a bachelor's degree (four years). [22] These include processing fees for applications and final exam assessments; however, students who cannot afford the administrative costs may be eligible for scholarships.[9][23][24]

University of the People education Ltd, IsraelEdit

University of the People can utilize for-profit subsidiaries outside of the United States;[note 3] its foreign corporation is called "University of the People education Ltd" and is located in Tel Aviv.[note 4] University of the People "has an ownership interest" in the for-profit University of the People education Ltd.[note 5][non-primary source needed]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "University of the People's Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, 2018". Form 990, Schedule F, Part I of July 17, 2020 (PDF). IRS.gov. p. 1 (PDF page: 27). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  2. ^ The alleged address used to be 225 S. Lake Ave., Suite 300 Pasadena, CA [1]; as of 2019 it is 595 E. Colorado Boulevard. Suite 623 Pasadena, CA: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/595-E-Colorado-Blvd-Pasadena-CA/4109015/ [2]
  3. ^ "University of the People's Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, 2018". Form 990, Part I of July 17, 2020 (PDF). IRS.gov. p. 1 (PDF page: 1). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "University of the People's Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, 2018". Form 990, Schedule R, Part IV of July 17, 2020 (PDF). IRS.gov. p. 2 (PDF page: 38). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "University of the People's Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, 2018". Form 990, Schedule F, Part IV of July 17, 2020 (PDF). IRS.gov. p. 4 (PDF page: 30). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "It's Time to Give Back". Inc. April 20, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "An online university - with no fees". theguardian.com. October 6, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Online University For All Balances Big Goals, Expensive Realities". NPR.org. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "University of the People". Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. January 21, 2018. Archived from the original on December 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Accrediting Commission - Grant of Accreditation, DETC, February 13, 2014; Report from the Accrediting Commission - Renewal of Accreditation, DEAC, February 27, 2017
  6. ^ "University of the People Launches MBA". Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "University of the People is accredited, not just as you might think". March 2, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Partnership opens doors for students from adverse backgrounds". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Simone Biles speaks out about Nassar verdict in emotional interview with Hoda Kotb". Today. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Simone Biles extends helping hand to other U.S. foster kids". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "University of the People Frequently asked questions" (PDF). International Baccalaureate. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "IB scholarships". Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  13. ^ "WEF meeting in Jordan to address 'new platforms of cooperation'". April 5, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "هل تريد أن تصبح طالباً؟" [Do you want to be a student?]. ar.uopeople.edu (in Arabic). Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "In Brief". UoPeople. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  16. ^ "UoPeople Response". UNESCO. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  17. ^ "UNESCO Global Education Coalition". UNESCO. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  18. ^ "University of the People". deac.org. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  19. ^ "Compliance Inspection Results". bppe.ca.gov. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  20. ^ "University of the People". Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  21. ^ "Webometrics ranking". webometrics.info. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  22. ^ "Our fees". uopeople.edu. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  23. ^ Coughlan, Sean (July 19, 2016). "Refugees study at online 'university of anywhere'". BBC News. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  24. ^ Malo, Sebastien. "Between shelling and displacement, Syrian students seek degrees online". U.S. Retrieved August 19, 2018.

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