Ambitious Provider of Online Courses Loses Fans Among Colleges

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To students, starting college for $99 a month sounds like a deal. To wonks wrapped up in soaring tuition and declining financial aid, it may sound like a solution.

That's how a company called StraighterLine, which offers online, self-paced introductory courses, became a darling of the industry—at least in theory. Carol A. Twigg, president of the National Center for Academic Transformation and a member of StraighterLine's advisory board, has lauded the idea; Kevin Carey, policy