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Skip Your Freshman Year? Why Some Texas State Colleges Are Giving it a Try

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 […]

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.

To learn more, we talk with Mike Wintemute, Associate Vice Chancellor of the Texas State University System. He says schools in his system have a high percentage of non-traditional students who could benefit from such a program.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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