Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online courses that are reshaping higher education, the Associated Press reports. The American Council on Education announced Thursday that it is recommending degree credit for five undergraduate courses offered by Coursera, a Palo Alto-based company that provides "massive open online courses" from leading universities.

"A rigorous evaluation of these courses showed that they meet ACE's standards for college credit recommendations," Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, whose recommendations are used by colleges and universities to determine whether to offer credit for nontraditional courses…

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