- Mount St. Mary's is teaming up with MyCollege Foundation, a nonprofit that received $3 million from the Gates Foundation, to create Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's to help students who have more "grit" than academic credentials earn online associate's degrees.
- Portmont's offers degree programs in business administration, computer science, liberal arts and pre-science health, and each program is built around "core capabilities" like critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and performance character.
- Though the courses are taken online, students will meet in person at least once during each eight-week session with a "success coach" and other local students.
From the article:
The latest model-busting higher education program comes from a novel partnership between a nonprofit college and a nonprofit organization, helped by a push (and some money) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's, announced today, is a new venture designed to provide online associate degrees to students who have more "grit" than traditional academic credentials. ...