In addition to the millions of people constrained from accessing higher education because of seating availability limitations, there are further millions inhibited from their right to access university because they cannot afford it, they live in a small town and cannot re-locate to attend university whilst caring for their families, they are single parents, they have personal mobility restrictions and cannot find solutions, their society imposes restrictions on them, and other reasons.
The non-profit University of the People has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education and provides tuition-free quality education entirely online. This unique formula overcomes financial, geographic, societal, placement and personal constraints worldwide.This feat was made possible by coupling available and open educational resources, free-use open source technology, peer to peer learning with instructor oversight, and the assistance of volunteers.
UoPeople is not only servicing all those currently constrained from attaining higher education, but also building a model for governments and universities worldwide to emulate in order to educate even greater numbers of individuals. A significant difference can be made through education and economic opportunity. First it's the improvement of an individual, then a better community, country, and ultimately, the world.