From September, 2008...
Have you ever attended an event, spent a considerable amount of time and money learning details from it, and then found that the information you received was useless to you? That is one of the big fears people have regarding any educational opportunity, and we at StraighterLine (SL) are determined to make sure it does not happen to anyone who enrolls in one of our general education college courses.
The basic structure for the SL courses comes from SMARTHINKING, Inc., the parent company for SL. SL uses the widely employed and respected McGraw Hill course content that has been redesigned and adapted for SL's unique format by SMARTHINKING's Education Department. This department consists of highly-trained educators with years of experience in Internet-based instruction, mostly in specialized fields, and all have at least a master's degree in education, with the majority holding a Ph.D.
In addition to course design, SMARTHINKING's Education Department manages and oversees education-related operation for the delivery of SL courses. This includes certifying tutors who serve as the live instructional component for our courses (for more on them, read our "Selection Process for Tutors" blog). The department has successfully overseen more than a million online student-tutor conferences as well.
Students who complete any course will receive actual college credit granted by a regionally accredited partner college. This is not like other programs such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES). Our partner colleges review our courses to make sure they meet the same internal requirements for academic rigor and integrity that they provide. In fact, when SL students select their courses, they also select a partner college where their records may be forwarded. In turn, the partner college awards credits for coursework once it is successfully completed and the student enrolls at the partner college.
Therefore, if a student passes a StraighterLine course, that course will count as credit with one of StraighterLine's partner colleges. There will be no hassle in trying to argue the legitimacy of what you have achieved online - indeed, it can count as part of your educational experience at that member college.
So consider enrolling in one or more of the SL online courses for yourself, or for a member of your family or a friend, if you so desire. You can be certain if you choose one of our offerings that the instruction you receive will be anything but a waste of your valuable time and money.