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Wake Forest joins semester online to offer for-credit online courses to top undergraduate students worldwide

After a vote of the College faculty this week, Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium, the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.

Semester Online offers rigorous, small, online, for-credit courses in real time, to qualified college students from anywhere in the world. Wake Forest joins the Semester Online growing roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities including 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 spring 2014, Wake Forest will offer its first Semester Online course, Introduction to Bioethics, which will be taught by professor of biology Carole Browne. The course will examine contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues, and controversies in health care and medical practices.

“Wake Forest’s time-tested model of education, defined by a highly personal approach and a focus on educating the whole person, is characterized by small classes and a tight-knit community,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh. “We have engaged in an ongoing campus-wide dialogue about how Wake Forest might best utilize online tools and other technological innovations to effectively enhance our high-touch, face-to-face educational experience. Semester Online is the first online program that is able to offer this level of engagement to our students and faculty.”

The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

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