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Articles The Tech Edvocate

How OER Can Help Overcome the Higher Education Equity Barrier

The cornerstone of the American dream is the ability to succeed in life regardless of one’s family of origin. And, for most people, that requires a college education. Unfortunately, recent research shows that the most reliable ticket to the middle class—a college degree—is rather difficult for students from low-income families to obtain. While this problem […]

Articles National Review

Reality Check with Jeanne Allen: Steve Klinsky

As Americans have watched the cost of traditional college and even the cost of preparation for college rise astronomically over the years, the result has been crushing student loan debt. It has also sadly shattered the dream of even attending college for millions of students. Steve Klinsky, investor, active philanthropist and long-time education reformer conceived […]

Articles Kansas City Star

CLEP exams offer college credit

High school students in the Olathe Public Schools will be able to earn college credit this summer by taking business-oriented tests on June 28… A score of 50 (out of 80) on the exams will ensure college credit for students at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, […]

Articles Medium

Building University Pathways for All

The college admissions season — when 18-year-olds choose where they will spend the next four years. For many, the classic college experience includes living on campus, pulling all-nighters at the university library, and partying with friends, all while growing into adulthood. But more than half of those attending undergraduate institutions in the United States are not 18–22-year-olds, […]

Articles Forbes

Privatizing Free Tuition Will Help Relieve Our Nation’s Fiscal Overreach

Within 24 hours of writing about the new on-line start up I heard about two other private efforts to offer free tuition on-line education. First, I learned of the philanthropy Modern States Education Alliance, whose Freshman Year for Free program has attracted 60,000 students in less than a year. It has a neat, innovative […]

Articles Washington Examiner

Jeb Bush joins the push for ‘Freshman Year for Free’

ExcelinEd Chairman and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently praised the online learning platform, Modern States, touting its ability to both serve as an “on-ramp” to college for lower-income students and to reduce higher education costs for states. Bush recommends that governors across the country embrace and advertise the website, founded by education entrepreneur Steve […]

Articles RealClearPolitics

How Governors Can Give All Students ‘Freshman Year for Free’

As the rising costs of tuition and fees outpace increases in financial aid and student debt skyrockets, there has never been a more critical time to bring innovation to our higher education system. We are here to share the one thing student loan lenders don’t want you to know: There is an entire year’s worth […]

Articles KSU Kennesaw State University News

Leading by Example

In his home country of Cameroon, Freeman Talla was taught the eldest child must lead the way for his siblings. The oldest of five, he said there has been plenty of opportunity to show the others how to build future success through a first-rate education and a dash of forward thinking. Talla, who graduated from […]


Here’s how this high school student earned a year of college credit for free

Nataniel Pabon-Trinidad, a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies in Gretna, took his first CLEP exam last year just as an aside. He’d completed his Spanish III class and his teacher told him he could earn college credit if he took a standardized test sanctioned by the College Board. “I thought, […]

Articles KTAR News

Freshman Year for Free program makes no-cost college a reality

Students can take college courses at no cost thanks to a program called Freshman Year for Free. The program offers more than 40 freshman-level classes taught online by professors from across the country. David Vise, executive director of the Modern States Education Alliance, the philanthropy behind the program, said it gave students an “on-ramp to […]

Articles Washington Examiner

‘Freshman year for free’: This entrepreneur is revolutionizing education

“If Abe Lincoln were reincarnated,” education entrepreneur Steve Klinsky told Red Alert Politics in a phone interview, “there should be a way for that type of person to get an education.” Pointing to the largely self-educated and rurally located Lincoln as an example, Klinsky noted that education should reach all who seek it. His newest […]

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