I'm Shai Reshef, president of University of the People aka UoPeople, a tuition-free accredited online American university. Our mission is to open the gates of higher education to every qualified student, regardless of any financial, geographical, political, cultural or personal contraints that would otherwise prevent them from doing so.
Many of our students are in the US, where the prospect of crippling student loans can be an insurmountable barrier to entry, or in the case of undocumented immigrants not even an option. Other members of our student body hail from about 200 countries around the world, from Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Europe. We are open to all, but we are especially a lifeline for those who have no other opportunities to learn.
The university offers two-year associate and four-year bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science, as well as an MBA program. Our President's Council includes chancellors, vice chancellors and presidents of leading universities such as NYU, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Duke University, George Washington, Edinburgh and Oxford.
University of the People has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, NPR, Times Higher Education, US News and World Report, Huffington Post, Voice of America, the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes and many more. In 2014, I gave a TED talk about the university and its revolutionary model, which has so far had over 4 million views.
We want people to know that higher education can be accessible, affordable and high quality. It is possible to get a real, career-boosting accredited degree online, and in way that won't leave you paying off enormous loans for decades.
My Proof: https://twitter.com/UoPeople/status/844181462626832384
EDIT: I will be answering more of your questions tomorrow. Please keep them coming! Shai
EDIT2: I am back again now answering more of your questions - Shai
Thank you to everyone who contributed. I really enjoyed sharing this time with you - Shai