StraighterLine and Western Governors University Partner to Provide Greater Flexibility for Students Looking to Achieve their Educational Goals

StraighterLine and Western Governors University Partner to Provide Greater Flexibility for Students Looking to Achieve their Educational Goals

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Partnership focuses on competency of college material rather than seat time as a measure of student success.

Alexandria, VA – StraighterLine , announced today that Western Governors University ( a leading provider of online higher education, has joined the list of partner colleges working with StraighterLine to award college credit for its online college courses.  StraighterLine partner colleges are accredited institutions that provide college credit for students who successfully complete online college courses from StraighterLine. Students who successfully complete StraighterLine courses may transfer their credit when they enroll with Western Governors University to complete their degrees. Students who take their freshman and introductory classes from StraighterLine can save thousands of dollars on a college degree by enrolling in StraighterLine’s tuition subscription program. It costs $99 per month plus $39 per course started. In addition to being reviewed by partner colleges, StraighterLine courses have been approved by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and have met or exceeded the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) standards for online course quality. Currently StraighterLine offers nine entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, English Composition I, Accounting I, Accounting II, Economics I: Macroeconomics and Economics II: Microeconomics, Business Statistics and two developmental courses, with more planned.  StraighterLine’s list of affiliated partner schools includes the following regionally accredited institutions:

  • Fort Hays State University (
  • Lake City Community College (
  • Potomac College (
  • Charter Oak State College (
  • Kaplan University (
  • Western Governors University (

Additional information on the StraighterLine program can be found at “By partnering with StraighterLine, Western Governors is building on their mission to provide flexibility to students looking to complete their college degrees” said StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith.  “This increases our focus on competency of the college material as a metric for awarding college credit and not just seat time in a classroom.” ”WGU’s partnership with StraighterLine is consistent with our commitment to providing our students superior learning resources from high quality third-party sources,” said WGU Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Patrick Partridge. “This alliance with benefit our students by providing additional flexibility and affordability.”

About Western Governors University (WGU)

“[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”– TIME magazine Recently featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, WGU is the only university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs and the only non-profit, fully online university in the country. WGU offers degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology, and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. Since its inception in 1997, WGU has grown into a national institution, serving more than 18,000 students in all 50 states. WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). WGU’s Teachers College is the first and only exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU nursing programs have been accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, BearingPoint, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, and Zions Bank. More information is available at

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for obtaining required college credits from accredited colleges and universities. StraighterLine students may choose to receive credit from StraighterLine’s regionally accredited partner colleges or through the American Council of Education’s (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service.  Student-earned credits may also be transferable to non-partner colleges that recognize StraighterLine’s partner’s courses as equivalent programs.  Students may start StraighterLine courses immediately and can stop at any point.  StraighterLine offers two remarkable pricing programs; individual courses cost only $399, include 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support, and allow up to six months of access; and the StraighterLine for $99 program: a $99 per month subscription plus $39 per course started which includes unlimited access to any and all courses one at a time, plus 10 total hours of one-on-one instructional support, with no minimum or maximum time limit for course completion.  For more information, visit StraighterLine's website or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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