For Immediate Release BALTIMORE, MD - February 07, 2013 StraighterLine (StraighterLine.com) announced today the release of a free new e-Guide, “The StraighterLine Guide to The California Community College Crisis and What You Can Do About It.” The e-Guide provides an explanation of what the crisis is, how it came about, and what students who are affected by it can do right now to keep their educations moving forward. “If you’re sitting on the sidelines waiting for California to fix the problem, you’re going to be waiting a long time,” says Josef Katz, VP of Marketing. “The state is exploring various solutions, many involving online education, to resolve the lack of class availability. But there are hundreds of thousands of students in California who don’t have time to wait for these solutions, many of which won’t take effect for a semester, or even a year or more. We wanted to help students who are tired of waiting and want to do something right now.” The guide provides strategies for different types of students affected by the crisis:
- Students pursuing associate degrees
- Students planning to transfer from community college to a 4-years school for their degree
- Students on career paths like Healthcare and Nursing, Criminal Justice and Firefighters, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
- Working adults trying to earn continuing education credits for their jobs
- Home schooling high school students and their parents
This guide is the latest effort in StraighterLine’s campaign to support the 473,200 students impacted by the California Community College Crisis. It is also offering an exclusive discount for students in California, who will have their course fee waived for their first course after they enroll in StraighterLine’s monthly subscription plan. StraighterLine offers entry-level college courses online in Business, English, Humanities, Math, Science, as well as College Prep. In addition, StraighterLine offers a wide variety of CBEs (credit-by-examination) that allow students to earn college credit based on test scores. With the recent addition of professor-led classes and cohort-based courses, StraighterLine has increased the ways that its students can get a quality education online, flexibly and conveniently, at a substantially lower cost than most traditional degree programs. Students can take college prep, 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. 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 300 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 and Business. Many StraighterLine courses are now offered in both self-paced and professor-led formats, for students to take individually or as part of a cohort. 5 StraighterLine courses have been approved by The College Board to be listed as AP courses: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB and AP Psychology. Recently, StraighterLine began offering a wide variety of credit-by-examinations that let students earn college credit based on test scores. For information, visit StraighterLine.com or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).