Magazine October 28, 2013, Issue

Tomorrow’s Online Schools

(Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University)
Let’s get them here today

In 2008, Tiffin University, a small private college in northwest Ohio, teamed up with Altius Education, a San Francisco–based start-up, to create an entirely new type of college. The online institution — named Ivy Bridge College — was to provide students with an inexpensive online associate’s degree in general studies that graduates could use to transfer to one of 150 partner four-year colleges.

Tiffin handled academics while Altius took care of recruiting and technology. Courses were offered in six seven-week terms, providing students with more opportunities to start a class than a traditional community college would have given them. Each student

Andrew Kelly — Mr. Kelly is a research fellow in education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and co-editor of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation.

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