With $11M, Quad Learning links community colleges and top universities for cheaper degrees

Written by: Ki Mae Heussner, Gigaom
“In the last year or so, we’ve seen all kinds of online learning startups emerge, from those that focus on a specific set of skills to those that offer massive web classes for free to those that partner with top universities to provide quality degree programs online.

On Thursday, Washington, D.C.-based Quad Learning launched with $11 million to bring yet another model into the mix. Founded by Phil Bronner, an education technology investor, and Chris Romer, a former state senator of Colorado, the startup partners with community colleges to offer a web-based platform and curriculum intended to help students more successfully transfer to a four-year college.

With tuition rates and debt loads going up, the idea is that a student could complete two years at a community college and then, with Quad Learning’s “American Honors” program, transfer to a top-200 university to finish the last two years of a bachelor’s degree program.