As featured in The Washington Post
The Modern States Education Alliance was launched in December 2014. Its goal is to create a path to a tuition-free, high quality and universally accessible college education for any motivated student who seeks one. The founding principle of Modern States is that access to a high quality education is fundamental to a society that respects every individual and is fundamental to the American dream. Modern States expects that its first major program will be called “Freshman Year for Free,” and will provide a set of approximately 30 high quality, freshman-level college courses, available tuition-free online, along with free online texts and materials. Modern States intends to add tutoring, mentoring, and student counseling services available free of charge, and to expand the catalog of courses over time.
Modern States will also seek broader recognition, accreditation, and transferability for high quality Massive Open Online Courses (“MOOCs”), and intends to help students who take such courses to enter the traditional residential college system and to enter the skilled and executive work place. Modern States believes that a four-year residential experience at a quality university is generally preferable to even the best online courses. However, Modern States also believes that the traditional, residential college or university is increasingly out of reach for many students.
“No one should be shut out of education after high school because of tuition cost or lack of access,” said Steven Klinsky, Modern States’ founder and chairman. “Modern States’ goal is to create at least one universally available and tuition-free path toward high quality college education.” (Read more)