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Audio Pick: some Texas colleges encouraging students to skip freshman year

Have you ever heard of a MOOC? It’s a cute acronym that stands for Massive Online Open Course. MOOCs have become a great way for top colleges to offer specialized education in niche areas to the masses, usually for free.

Today’s audio pick is an interview from Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters with a Texas State University representative about the new use for MOOCs:

What if there was a way for incoming college students to pass tests for college credit to essentially bypass their Freshman year and save tuition?

That’s the plan of Texas State University System (the system that oversees schools like Texas State University, Sam Houston State University, Lamar University and Sul Ross State University) where they’re encouraging non-traditional students to take massive open online classes — or MOOCs — and pass tests for college credit.

The MOOC mentioned is EdX. It’s innovative and allows for students to (potentially) save money on the first year of tuition.

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