Making Higher Education Available to Everyone

Disrupting Education

Gene Wade of UniversityNow: Forbes' Disruptor

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Disrupting Education

Gene Wade of UniversityNow: Forbes' Disruptor

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Who We Are

UniversityNow is a social venture based in San Francisco, CA, whose mission is to ensure that a quality higher education is available to people everywhere. We are the parent company of two universities:

Our schools offer rigorous, flexible and accredited academic programs, available on our award winning online learning platform and on-campus at Patten University in Oakland, CA.

What People Are Saying

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • TechCrunch.com
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Forbes
  • New York Times
  • GigaOm
  • Wall Street Journal
  • All Things Digital

"Gene and his team are basically saying, the heck with [grants and loans that actually prop up college prices]... We think people can afford it if we offer it at this low a price… [and] that could be revolutionary." - Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The myth that UniversityNow challenges here is, in part, that students need to go into debt to achieve their degrees." - Audrey Watters, Inside Higher Ed

"The mission of UniversityNow is to help ensure that affordable, high quality post-secondary education is available to people everywhere. To accomplish this, UniversityNow is building a network of the most affordable and accessible accredited universities in the world, starting with the launch of New Charter University." - Wayne Sutton, TechCrunch

"What you see on their Web site is the clear influence of recent trends in online commerce: an ultra-clean user interface, the ability to sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account, the influence of 'gamification' in the way the course experience is designed, and so on." - Kevin Carey, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"With UniversityNow's recent exciting launch of the low-cost, competency-based New Charter University, making college fundamentally affordable to students and society looks like it might not be a pipe dream for much longer." - Michael Horn, Forbes

When asked why city officials would turn to a for-profit company rather than a public college, Desley Brooks, an Oakland City Council member, said the answer is cost: “You can’t even go to a J.C. and get this level of education for that amount of money. The trust comes from the people who are involved.” - Anya Kamenetz, New York Times

"We don’t need to reinvent Harvard... We need to build a school that works for everyday people. To do that, [UniversityNow] is creating a network of low-cost, accredited universities that let students complete courses at their own pace." - Ki Mae Heussner, GigaOm

"Investors believe [the] for-profit, high-tech approach to college education will make a social impact while turning a real profit.... Most companies in education have been 'cobbling existing [technical] solutions together' to provide online course offerings to students. In contrast, UNow’s product is being built with consumer web DNA." - Lora Kolodny, Wall Street Journal

"The goal is to help people who might not otherwise get a college degree, due to cost or other commitments... and many of them in the U.S. can get their tuition covered by a tax credit." - Liz Gannes, All Things Digital