Paul Smith’s College Partners with StraighterLine to Connect Transfer Students with Their Careers

Paul Smith’s College Partners with StraighterLine to Connect Transfer Students with Their Careers

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For Immediate Release June 5, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD – StraighterLine ( announced today that Paul Smith’s College ( has joined their rapidly expanding network of partner colleges and universities. Paul Smith’s commitment to helping transfer students get their degrees and begin their careers fits perfectly into StraighterLine’s network of outcome-focused partner schools. Paul Smith’s College and StraighterLine make ideal partners because both are innovative forces in education focused on preparing students for their careers. At Paul Smith’s College, students get a hands-on learning experience at an institution with a 15-to-1 student-faculty ratio. StraighterLine students who transfer to Paul Smith’s will benefit from personal attention that yields results: 9 out of 10 alumni land jobs in their chosen field or enter grad school within 6 months of graduation. This new partnership between Paul Smith’s College and StraighterLine will allow even more students the opportunity to begin their college education online, at their convenience, at a substantially lower cost than most traditional degree programs. Students can take freshman and introductory-level classes through StraighterLine and save thousands of dollars on the cost of their college degree. With StraighterLine’s affordable subscription pricing plan, students can save up to 90% on their first year of college and can move through the material as quickly or slowly as they like. “With StraighterLine, prospective Paul Smith's College students have a low-cost, low-risk option to start college,” says Burck Smith, CEO of StraighterLine. "Paul Smith's College has always been committed to making education affordable and accessible," said Dr. Richard Nelson, provost of Paul Smith's College. "Our partnership with StraighterLine is one more way we can ensure distance is no barrier on the road to a Paul Smith's degree. Being able to meet our students where they are is an important part of our efforts to broaden our reach, and we're proud to offer this option through an online leader such as StraighterLine." About Paul Smith’s College Paul Smith's College is the only bachelor's degree-granting institution in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park of New York State. At Paul Smith's, it's about the experience. Our programs, in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences, draw on industries and resources available in the Adirondacks while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. 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. 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), which includes over 1,800 participating colleges and universities. In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 350 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, Business and Language. Many StraighterLine courses are now offered in both self-paced and professor-led formats. 5 StraighterLine courses have been approved by The College Board to be listed as AP courses. As a pioneer in the movement to revolutionize college for America, StraighterLine also offers alternatives to college courses including Prior Learning Assessments and credit-by-examinations that let students earn college credit for knowledge and life experiences they already possess. For information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375). ###

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