President Trauth Discusses Freshman Year for Free

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Matthew Hamill
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In an effort to ease the transition to Texas State, the University has announced that starting next fall, non-traditional students who transfer to Texas State, are eligible to receive a year’s worth of credits without setting foot on campus.

This program is designed to help transfer students who may have jobs or kids and cannot afford to commute or live on campus.

Despite the fact that Texas State set an enrollment record for the 18th consecutive year, President Denise Trauth said that the massive student population wasn’t the reason for joining this program.

“Well it’s a national phenomenon, we joined the phenomenon, but it wasn’t really developed in any way exclusively for the problems we may face at Texas State.”

Trauth said the Freshmen Year for free is really intended to provide students with another opportunity to receive A-P or CLEP test credit to go towards college credit, something Texas State has been doing for years.

Trauth said she see’s a real opportunity for younger students, who may be thinking ahead to their future.

“What I think is good about the program is that it might encourage more high school students to take AP Courses. Realizing they can get credit for that, at Texas State University.”

The courses, ran by the nonprofit group Modern States Education alliance, are set to begin next fall. About three dozen massive open online courses will be available to Texas State Students.

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