Morehouse College announced on Tuesday the launch of their newest installation and partnership with 2U Inc., a technology company to provide online degrees. The new online undergraduate program was designed to help young Black men who have some college credits but haven’t completed their education or obtained a degree, according to The Washington Post.
As more than three million Black men hold college credits sans degrees, the Atlanta-based HBCU wanted to step in to help the disproportionate amount of Black men, who left school to take care of families, enlisted in the military or simply could no longer afford it, The Washington Post via the Census Bureau reported.
“The accessibility of an online education allows us to deliver the Morehouse experience and education to countless men who can bring their light to the world in the same way alums like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jeh Johnson, Spike Lee, Senator Raphael Warnock, and countless others have,” Morehouse President David A. Thomas said in a statement, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Our world-class faculty are uniquely capable of using the expertise we have developed by producing transformative leaders for more than 154 years to make highly-relevant instruction available through cutting-edge platforms and delivery methods.”
The online program manager, 2U Inc., took to Twitter to announce their partnership with Morehouse College “to increase access to the university’s renowned undergraduate programs.”
We’re proud to announce a new partnership with @Morehouse, the only HBCU dedicated to the development of men in the world, to increase access to the university’s renowned undergraduate programs. (1/4)— 2U (@2Uinc) February 2, 2021
As Morehouse College’s digital transformation partner, we will carry on their legacy of excellence by working hand-in-hand with Morehouse faculty to bring the college’s distinctive culture and community to online students. (2/4)— 2U (@2Uinc) February 2, 2021
Through offering this online program to non-traditional students, Morehouse College is seeking to have a better handle on hiring faculty and staff, curriculum development, and academic instruction. While only a select few HBCUs are offering degree completion online, Morehouse is attempting to increase revenue and will begin accepting applications this spring.
We’re thrilled to have our efforts be part of Morehouse Online, the centerpiece of Morehouse’s digital transformation and part of a strategy to create innovative and robust programs for non-traditional students. (3/4)— 2U (@2Uinc) February 2, 2021
As opposed to charging the standard $1,115 per academic credit that on-campus undergraduate students pay during their career, Morehouse will be cutting more than half the cost down to $600. Enrolled students will have complete access to Morehouse's career counseling and professional network. Thomas told The Washington Post that he does have plans to expand the program to graduate studies, but for now wants to focus on “its core strengths” and “to generate enough revenue to cover its expenses and support faculty research and hiring new faculty.”