StraighterLine and Excelsior College Join Forces to Offer Working Adults a Path to a More Affordable College Degree

StraighterLine and Excelsior College Join Forces to Offer Working Adults a Path to a More Affordable College Degree

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For Immediate Release

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Alexandria, VA – StraighterLine (, announced today that Excelsior College (, a world leader in distance education, has joined StraighterLine’s expanding partner college network.  StraighterLine partner colleges are all regionally accredited institutions that award college credit for successful completion of online college courses from StraighterLine. In addition to being reviewed by partner colleges, StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and have met or exceeded the Distance Education and Training Council’s standards for online course quality. Students can take freshman and introductory-level classes from StraighterLine and save thousands of dollars on a four-year college degree.  With StraighterLine, students pay only $99 per month plus $39 per course started and can move as quickly or slowly through the material as they like. Excelsior will accept credit earned through successful completion of StraighterLine’s ACE-evaluated courses when students enroll with Excelsior College to complete their college degrees. Currently StraighterLine offers nine entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, English Comp I, English Comp II,  Accounting I, Accounting II, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics and two developmental courses, with more to be offered soon.  StraighterLine partner colleges include the following institutions:

  • Capella University (
  • Charter Oak State College (
  • Excelsior College (
  • Fort Hays State University (
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College(
  • Kaplan University (
  • Lake City Community College (
  • Potomac College (
  • Western Governors University (

“With this partnership, students can more easily and more affordably start on the path to a college degree,” says Burck Smith, CEO and Founder of StraighterLine. “Excelsior College recognizes that college-level learning takes place in a variety of venues, not just the campus classroom,” says Excelsior President John Ebersole. “When students can demonstrate that they have achieved this level of learning through credible means, such as the ACE-evaluated StraighterLine programs, we believe it deserves to be recognized as such.  As a private, nonprofit college, a primary mission of Excelsior is providing access for working adults and our relationship with StraighterLIne helps us to fulfill this mission.”

About Excelsior College

Excelsior College ( 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.

About StraighterLine                            

StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for getting started on a college degree – freshman-level college courses for only $99 a month, plus a one-time $39 per course started fee.  The program includes up to 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support. StraighterLine is a great way to tackle the escalating cost of four-year college tuition and avoid a mountain of student debt.  For students that move at the same pace as a traditional semester schedule courses ultimately cost less than $43 per credit hour.  Many students move through the material even faster though which allows for greater savings. Students who successfully complete StraighterLine online college courses receive credit when they enroll with any school in our rapidly expanding network of regionally accredited partner colleges.  In addition, the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT - has also evaluated and recommended college credit for StraighterLine courses.  ACE CREDIT helps students gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in settings outside traditional higher education. For information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375). Contacts: Widmeyer Communications Charles Martin  202-667-0901 [email protected] Excelsior College William Stewart 518-464-8775 [email protected]

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