Wholly owned by Cornell University, eCornell was established in 2000 to provide a suitable online learning environment required for executive and professional development. It offers more than 95 online courses and 24 certificate programs in various areas of study including leadership and management development, human resources, hospitality management, strategy and financial management. Over 25,000 students located in at least 130 countries are presently enrolled in its online programs.
All eCornell courses have been designed by one or more faculty members of Cornell University. These online courses are counted as continuing education units from the university’s School of Continuing Education and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations for courses prefixed with ILR. Numerous eCornell alumni have cited the advantage of having credentials from Cornell University added to their resume while online courses are enjoying exceptional reviews for their innovative program-based learning approach.
The admissions process is fairly easy. Students can enroll in the chosen course by talking to an Enrollment Counselor or online. They shall be grouped into sections consisting of 20 to 30 peers and a dedicated instructor. All courses open on a Wednesday but students can choose to log-on when it is convenient for them. The Enrollment Counselor can also provide information about financing aid options as well as tuition rates. eCornell offers a payment plan wherein students can start a course by making an initial payment with the balance conveniently charged on their credit card. Professional accreditations of eCornell courses are given by the American Council on Education (ACE), the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). To date, eCornell has delivered more than 120,000 courses to at least 35,000 students all over the world. It is based in Ithaca, New York.