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Distance Learning: Collaboration & Expansion

[ 0 ] Sep. 3, 2012 | SBO Editor

StraighterLine (StraighterLine.com) and Excelsior College
(Excelsior.edu) announced an agreement that will enable
StraighterLine students to access Excelsior College Examinations,
directly from StraighterLine’s website. Students taking StraighterLine
online college courses can use Excelsior’s internationally accepted
exams to earn college credit that will be recorded on an Excelsior
College transcript, in addition to StraighterLine transcripts.

“Online learning and competency-based education offers the potential to
dramatically decrease the cost of higher education,” says Burck Smith,
StraighterLine’s CEO. “By offering Excelsior’s high-quality, validated
exams, our StraighterLine students can better credential their learning
and accomplishments without breaking the bank.”

At StraighterLine students pay only $99 per month plus $39 per online
course and can move as quickly or slowly through the course materials
as they like. Students taking Excelsior College Examinations can earn
3-6 lower- or upper-level credits for as little as $95. StraighterLine
students do not need to be enrolled at Excelsior to take any of the
proficiency exams covered by this agreement.

“Throughout its more than 40-year history, a major aspect of
Excelsior’s mission has been increasing access to a college degree,
especially among those historically underserved by higher education,
including working adults,” said Dr. John F. Ebersole, president of
Excelsior College. “Working with StraighterLine is a natural extension
of this mission. Creative and innovative collaborations such as this
are highly important to meeting our nation’s workforce needs in this
era of post-traditional higher education.”

About Excelsior College

Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) is an accredited, nonprofit
distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the
educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in
Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and
validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and
affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its
own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the
acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities
as well as recognized corporate and military training programs.
Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education. The American Council on Education College Credit
Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended
college credit for Excelsior College Examinations.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in higher
education by major news organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
for offering students online courses that earn real college credit for
just $99 a month. Fast Company named StraighterLine one of the “10 Most
Innovative Companies in Education.”

In order to facilitate the award of credit, StraighterLine has forged
partnerships with many leading accredited online colleges and
universities. StraighterLine offers more than 35 entry-level online
college courses in the sciences, humanities, English, math and business
that are eligible for college transfer credit. StraighterLine’s courses
are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s
College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). In addition to the
institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more
than 250 other colleges and universities are reported to have accepted
StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit.

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