StraighterLine Course Material Provider Wins Prestigious Awards McGraw-Hill Garners Awards In Annual CODiE Awards Competition

StraighterLine Course Material Provider Wins Prestigious Awards McGraw-Hill Garners Awards In Annual CODiE Awards Competition

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WASHINGTON D.C. - StraighterLine (, a new online education solution that provides students a high quality, better supported, and lower cost way to obtain college credits through regionally accredited colleges and universities, has announced that McGraw-Hill, a leading global provider of electronic and print products for the pre-K through 12th grade, higher education and professional markets and course material provider for StraighterLine, has won awards in the Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 23rd Annual CODiE Awards competition. McGraw-Hill won "Best Postsecondary Course or Learning Management Solution" and "Best Postsecondary Instructional Solution." This is the second consecutive year a company associated with StraighterLine has won a CODiE Award. SMARTHINKING, a market leader in providing online tutoring and academic support to students, won in 2007 for "Best Instruction for Students at Home." This recognized the company as the best educational technology system that extends traditional learning in the home. McGraw-Hill and SMARTHINKING provide the company with college course material and online educators, respectively. McGraw-Hill provides course material for StraighterLine's four entry-level curriculum courses where credit can be transferred: College Algebra, English Composition, Economics 101 and Accounting 101. SMARTHINKING provides experienced and trained online educators who are the primary instructional contact for students. All of the educators must successfully complete a rigorous online training program and are subject to on-going evaluation and professional development activities. The instructors are available 24/7, seven days a week. StraighterLine allows students to receive credit from the company's regionally accredited partner colleges or allows students to transfer to non-partner colleges that recognize StraighterLine's courses as equivalent programs. The company's partner colleges include Fort Hays State University, Jones International University, Potomac College and most recently Grand Canyon University, a private non-denominational Christian University in Phoenix, Ariz. Additional information on the StraighterLine program can be found at or by visiting the StraighterLine blog at

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"We are proud to partner with two award-winning companies to provide our students with exceptional course material," said Ryan Busch, director of StraighterLine. "We feel that partnering with these innovative and quality companies will enhance our programs and improve the academic support StraighterLine offers its students." "These awards underscore McGraw-Hill's ability to deliver the very best educational services to students and educators through the use of cutting-edge technology and high-quality, authoritative content," said Ed Stanford, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. "Online instruction is becoming an integral part of today's university system, and McGraw-Hill Higher Education, with these award-winning online courses and an array of other digital offerings, is at the forefront of this trend." "The CODiE Award is a great honor for SMARTHINKING," said Dr. Chuck Kleiner, vice president of SMARTHINKING sales and marketing. "It confirms our vision that high quality academic support can be delivered on-demand, anywhere and at any time, via the Internet."

About StraighterLine:

StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for obtaining required college credits from accredited colleges and universities. StraighterLine's affordable courses are the first to include up to 24/7 live, on-demand instruction. StraighterLine offers entry-level college courses including College Algebra, English Composition, Economics 101 and Accounting 101, with many more under development. StraighterLine students may choose to receive credit from StraighterLine's regionally accredited partner colleges. Student-earned credits may also be transferable to non-partner colleges that recognize StraighterLine's partner's courses as equivalent programs. There are no set due dates for StraighterLine courses. Students may start and stop at any point with up to six months of access. For more information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).


SMARTHINKING is the market leader in providing online tutoring and academic support to students. Their services were honored with the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE award for Best Instruction Solution for Students at Home. Schools, colleges, universities, libraries, government agencies, textbook publishers and other education providers partner with SMARTHINKING to increase student achievement and enhance learning. SMARTHINKING connects students to e-structor®-certified tutors for assistance in math, writing, science and business, up to 24/7, on any Internet connected computer. SMARTHINKING's corporate office is located in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

About McGraw-Hill Higher Education:

McGraw-Hill Higher Education is a premier provider of teaching and learning solutions for the post-secondary and higher education markets worldwide. It is a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages. Additional information is available at

About CODiE Awards:

The CODiE Awards honor outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital content and education technology industries. It is a peer-recognition program, providing an opportunity to be recognized by competitors, and it is the longest-running awards program in the software and information industry, established in 1986 by SIIA. SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. It provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property to leading companies. SIIA works to promote the software and digital content industry, protect the intellectual property of member companies and inform the industry and the public.


SMARTHINKING, StraighterLine, Ryan Busch, Burck Smith, Online Education, Online Tutoring, Education Technology, Online Academic Support, E-structor, e-Scholars, McGraw-Hill, Blackboard, Whiteboard, Online Learning, College Accreditation, Codie Awards, Software and Information Industry Association, Dr. Chuck Kleiner, Ed Stanford, CODiE Awards, SIIA Jenifer DeHart 1900 L St., Suite 301 Washington, DC 20036 [email protected]

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