Free Community College? Why Not Free Freshman Year?

January 15, 2015

As President Obama sells his proposal that community college should be free, one philanthropist is arguing the idea should extend to the first year of college in general. Steven B. Klinsky, a financier who founded the private equity firm New Mountain Capital, wants students to be able to take freshman-level courses through the massive open online course provider edX and -- if they pass subject exams -- start college as sophomores. Klinsky on Wednesday announced a $1 million donation to support the effort, The Washington Post reported.

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