After three top-tier universities backed away from it, three new universities have joined a partnership created by the company 2U to access a pool of for-credit online courses offered by other universities.
Baylor University, Southern Methodist University and Temple University will offer its students classes from the partnership, known as Semester Online. That will allow students at those three universities to take courses offered by Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University. Unlike those institutions, Baylor, SMU and Temple will not offer courses into the pool but only draw from it.
Earlier this year, the three top-tier universities - Duke University, the University of Rochester and Vanderbilt University - backed away  from Semester Online, citing a variety of concerns.