Online Higher-Education Startup Coursera Is Taking Over the World

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In the fast-evolving realm of free online college courses, Coursera seems to be evolving the fastest.

Launched publicly just five months ago by Stanford computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, the for-profit startup has been growing almost exponentially. It started with four university partners—Stanford, Michigan, Penn, and Princeton—putting it on relatively equal footing with rivals such as Udacity and EdX. In July, though, it announced a dozen more, including Caltech, Duke, and Virginia.

Today it announced that it has again doubled its roster, with 17 additions that span the globe and signal a further branching-out into the arts and humanities.

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