New firm helps 2-year colleges create honors programs

The network, American Honors, seeks to tap into national concern about the affordability of higher education and interest in lower-priced, high-quality educational alternatives. The venture joins several others announced in recent years -- including Altius Education's Ivy Bridge College and Fidelis Education -- that use private capital to team with existing institutions to create new institutions or new programs focused on the first two years of college . . . When the Spokane colleges formally launch the program next fall, students admitted to the program (through a selective process) will pay $5,985 for the year, compared to the in-state tuition rate of $3,921. (Quad Learning/American Honors gets its funds in payments from the colleges for the technology and coaching services it provides.)

New firm helps 2-year colleges create honors programs