November 2009

  • Interview with Burck Smith, Founder of Straighterline

    Jaime Dalbke

    Here is an interview conducted by Keith Hampson that gives a nice overview of how Straighterline reduces the cost of college education. It is reprinted below: Burck Smith is CEO of Straighterline. Full bio. Q: Burck, can we begin with a high-level description of Straighterline? Straighterline provides very affordable, very flexible, very well supported online general education courses for college students. These courses have been reviewed and approved by the American Council of Education's (ACE) Credit Review Service, by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and by numerous regionally accredited colleges. Students can get real college credit at any college that will award credit for ACE recognized courses or from one of Straig ...

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  • ACE Approval Means Thousands of Colleges Accept SL Courses!

    Jaime Dalbke

    In October, Straighterline's courses were reviewed by the American Council on Education's (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service. All nine of Straighterline's credit bearing courses were given approval. This means that any college - and there are thousands - that adheres to ACE's recommendations will now accept Straighterline's courses for credit. To get college credit at Straighterline's prices, do the following: Ask the college in which you wish to enroll whether they award credit for ACE recognized coursework. If the college does, then sign up and pass a Straighterline course. Sign up at the ACE Transcript Service and pay $40. Have the service forward your Straighterline results to your college of choice. Alternatively, if your co ...

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  • Straighterline Gets Noticed!

    Jaime Dalbke

    Over the last three months, Straighterline has made quite a splash. First, Kevin Carey wrote a feature article for the Washington Monthly showing how Straighterline's approach to course delivery can save students thousands of dollars. Then, Business Week said the same thing. Not to be outdone, Forbes and the Christian Science Monitor mentioned Straighterline. Finally, even the New York Times linked to Straighterline. Why all the attention? For years, nay decades, people have lamented the rising cost of college. Despite the lamentations, tuition continues to rise and rise. Further, with federal stimulus money leaving higher education at the end of the '10 - '11 school year, expect double digit tuition increases across all public higher ed ...

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  • The Advantages of StraighterLine Over CLEP

    Jaime Dalbke

    From February, 2009... No one likes to waste either time or money. So why do both when it comes your college education? For example, if you take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) series of tests to gain college credits, you first will have to buy any required textbooks or other study materials needed to prepare in advance, which can easily add $100-$200, or even more, to your expense per course. Study guides are recommended for preparing for CLEP courses too - those will run you at least $35 each. When you feel you are ready to take the CLEP test for your course, there is a fee of $65 per test - or $120, nearly double that, if you want to take a paper-and-pencil test - along with an administrative fee of $15-$20 most CLE ...

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  • Staying Motivated in Studying With StraighterLine

    Jaime Dalbke

    From January, 2009... College challenges students to perform to the highest standard in every class to prepare them for the rigors of the professional world. That is the popular general belief for most of us, that the educational experience offered in a university setting promotes accountability and preparation in students. But a study by the National Survey of Student Engagement (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-11-10-nsse_students_N.htm) of nearly 380,000 randomly selected freshmen and seniors at 722 four-year colleges across America discovered that about 20 percent of those surveyed said they frequently come to class without completing readings or assignments. What's more, many of those students say they mostly still get ...

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