Concordia University, St. Paul Partners with StraighterLine to Provide Quality Education to Career-Focused Adults

Concordia University, St. Paul Partners with StraighterLine to  Provide Quality Education to Career-Focused Adults

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BALTIMORE, MD – StraighterLine announced today that Concordia University, St. Paul has joined their rapidly expanding network of partner colleges, which includes many of the leading colleges and universities for career-focused adults. Concordia University, St. Paul will now accept credits earned from StraighterLine’s entry-level online courses. Concordia University, St. Paul provides high-quality academic programs designed to prepare students for successful careers. Students can choose between on-campus and online course options to create an academic schedule that fits into their lifestyle. Students can complete their degree in just two years by attending one class a week. Concordia and StraighterLine make ideal partners because they are both focused on meeting the unique educational needs of adult learners, especially flexible scheduling and affordable access to course materials. This partnership offers those interested in a degree business, criminal justice, healthcare, psychology, STEM, sports management, or education the opportunity to get a quality education online, conveniently, at a substantially lower cost than most traditional degree programs. Students can take general education courses through StraighterLine online and save up to $15,000 on the cost of their college degree at Concordia University, St. Paul. With StraighterLine’s self-paced online courses, students can move through the material as quickly or slowly as they like. StraighterLine helps all adult learners, regardless of major, educational experience, or economic status, get a quality education online – flexibly, conveniently and affordably. This year, over 20,000 students will choose from more than 60 courses and more than 100 ways to earn college credit in Business, Technology, Sciences, Humanities, English, Math, and Language. StraighterLine’s customized degree plans show students how they can get their dream degrees in today’s fastest growing, most desirable fields, including Business, Psychology, Education/Teaching, Healthcare, Nursing, Criminal Justice and Engineering. “College cost and student debt are big issues for Minnesotans. Together, Concordia University, St. Paul and StraighterLine give students low-cost, low-risk options to earn a college degree.” says Burck Smith, CEO of StraighterLine. "Concordia’s articulation with StraighterLine is a great opportunity for those enrolling in our online adult degree programs,” states Kim Craig, Director of Enrollment Management at Concordia University. “Our partnership allows adult learners to create a schedule that is all their own, they can take flexible online college courses at StraighterLine and then enter our transfer-friendly on-campus or online degree programs. It provides an ideal solution for the many students that we serve who are trying to balance completing their education and working full-time." About Concordia University, St. Paul Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university that has been preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives since 1893. Concordia University is a place that stands out for its warmth, character and academic strength and our focus is on providing an educational experience that is responsive, relevant and real. Concordia University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs on campus in St. Paul, Minnesota online, or a combination of both About StraighterLine StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in 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. Inside Higher Ed recognized StraighterLine for offering the “...lowest-cost set of credit-bearing courses on the Internet.” And 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 leading accredited online colleges and universities for career-focused adults. A student ultimately earns a degree from those institutions but realizes tremendous savings and convenience by starting with StraighterLine. StraighterLine’s courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability of coursework and examination results to their courses and degree programs.  In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 400 other schools are reported to have accepted StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit. Currently, StraighterLine offers entry-level college courses online in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Math, Language, Health Science, Technology, Social Sciences and Business. Many StraighterLine courses are offered in both self-paced and professor-led formats, for students to take individually or as part of a cohort. 4 StraighterLine courses have been approved by The College Board to be listed as AP courses: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP English Language, and AP Psychology. Recently, StraighterLine began offering a wide variety of credit-by-examinations that let students earn college credit based on test scores.

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