The New York Times Knowledge Network and USC have joined forces to establish and offer a new extensive online continuing education program.
The collaboration will launch with programs in nine areas of study, uniting the comprehensive continuing education catalogs from both USC and The New York Times Knowledge Network. Courses will feature USC faculty in addition to Times journalists.
The program offers students tailored, practical programs to enhance their professional paths and the flexibility of online courses for both working and non-working adults. The nine programs comprise writing and communication, architecture, arts and culture, cinematic arts, journalism for high school students, global health, American politics, business and leadership, and executive education.
Offerings for the fall semester include more than 40 online courses. The full course schedule is available at nytimes.com/usc
“Higher education does not start with an acceptance letter or stop with a diploma,” said Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “As the world changes, new information and new challenges are created. A lifelong quest for knowledge, truth and innovation is the best way to meet these challenges head-on.”
Felice Nudelman, executive director of education at The New York Times Co., said: “This is a truly innovative way to offer a comprehensive continuing education program that will feature a broad course catalog and exceptional faculty. Together we will establish a global online resource for students who are interested in maximizing their education regardless of geographic location.”
She continued, “The New York Times Knowledge Network is all about enriching the learning process for students to encourage constant development. We do that by delivering fresh, stimulating content via the Epsilen cutting-edge learning platform.”
Courses will be taught by USC faculty with participation by Times journalists. Students also will be able to access The New York Times Knowledge Network continuing education course offerings in writing, editing, science and health. Courses are open to all students and adult learners, and they may be taken individually.
A series of six courses in journalism for high school students also will be offered in the fall. Students will have the option of enrolling in one of the two-week courses taught by USC faculty with participation by New York Times journalists or enroll in all six courses to earn a certificate. Schools also will be able to purchase seats in the courses for their students.
On Oct. 13, The New York Times Knowledge Network and USC officially will launch the venture internationally at the USC Global Conference in Hong Kong, taking into consideration the extensive number of USC alumni located in Hong Kong, throughout Asia and various other countries. Interested students will learn more about the specifics of the course offerings and receive information on how to register.
Courses will begin on Oct. 13. Participants can view the course schedule, get pricing information and register at nytimes.com/usc
Charter partners from USC are the School of Architecture, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Thornton School of Music.
The New York Times Knowledge Network was launched in September 2007 to deliver lifelong learning programs on timely subjects. Through the network, extensive resources from newspaper and other participating universities and institutions are readily available to students online, whether they are enrolled in an on-campus course or continuing their education through a distance learning program.