Offering 116 Courses over 16 Categories from 16 Universities
The University of Illinois partnered with Coursera ( to offer free courses online for anyone worldwide.  Illinois is the very first land-grant university to join the consortium of more than a dozen global universities.  To date, Coursera has seen over 680,000 students from 190 countries and more than 1.6 million course enrollments across its 43 courses.  Courses are free to take on the Coursera platform, but Coursera monetizes services around these courses.  If a student wants a certificate that acknowledges their completion of the course, they purchase this from Coursera.  Illinois will start the actual instruction of these courses later in the fall.

The HR Certification Institute
Offering PHR and SPHR Certifications

The HR Certification Institute, established in 1976, is an internationally recognized certifying organization for the human resource profession. Today, more than 115,000 HR professionals worldwide proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction. The HR Certification Institute is a global leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and principles.

The Research Administrators Certification Council
Offering CRA and CPRA Certifications
The Research Administrators Certification Council was formed in 1993 as an independent non-profit organization. The Council is composed of active certified research administrators whose role is to certify that an individual, through experience and testing, has the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

Project Management Institute
Offering CAPM, PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP AND PMI-SP Certifications
PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, with more than half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries. Our worldwide advocacy for project management is supported by our globally-recognized standards and credentials, our extensive research program, and our professional development opportunities. These products and services are the basis of greater recognition and acceptance of project management’s successful role in governments, organizations, academia and industries.

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional
Offering MCITP Certifications
The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification helps validate that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. MCITP certifications build on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Therefore, you will earn one or more MCTS certifications on your way to earning an MCITP certification.