There ought to be more schools doing stuff like this. The free online classes include Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases, Stanford Engineering Everywhere and a handful of others.
Those who always wanted to tell people they studied at Stanford but lacked the grades or money to apply are in luck, because professors there have made some classes available online for free. Anyone can watch lectures and view class materials, submit assignments and receive feedback. Those who make the grade can receive “statements of accomplishments” from the instructor.