University of the Incarnate Word heeds Secretary Arne Duncan's plea to lower college costs. Partners with StraighterLine

University of the Incarnate Word heeds Secretary Arne Duncan's plea to lower college costs. Partners with StraighterLine

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BALTIMORE, MD – StraighterLine ( announced today that the University of the Incarnate Word’s Division of Extended Academic Programs (UIW), (, has taken U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s call to get creative about lowering college costs and made it a reality. Now students can transfer their StraighterLine credits to an institution focused on adult degree completion in a context of faith. Together, UIW and StraighterLine offer adult learners the opportunity to get a quality education online, in the evening or in blended classes, all at an accelerated pace and at the substantially lower costs Secretary Duncan is calling for.Both the University of the Incarnate Word and StraighterLine believe students should earn their degrees on their own terms. Through this partnership, students who successfully complete StraighterLine’s affordable online college courses may transfer their courses for full credit when they enroll in one of the UIW Extended Academic degree programs. Students can take freshman and introductory-level classes through StraighterLine and save thousands of dollars earning their college degree. With StraighterLine, students pay only $99 per month plus $39 per course started and can move through the material as quickly or slowly as they like. StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). Compared to online courses from a typical college or university, StraighterLine’s courses have been found to offer equal academic rigor but are more affordable and convenient. Ninety percent (90%) of successful StraighterLine students were either enrolled or had completed their degree program at the college which accepted StraighterLine’s courses. Currently, StraighterLine offers thirty four entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Business Writing, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Biology with lab, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I with lab, English Comp I, English Comp II, Accounting I, Accounting II, Managerial Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, each with a lab option, Medical Terminology, Psychology, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Nutrition, Introduction to Sociology, Western Civilization I, Personal Finance, Pharmacology I, Pharmacology II and two developmental courses . University of the Incarnate Word joins a growing roster of regionally accredited partner colleges that award post-secondary credit to students upon the transfer of successfully completed StraighterLine courses.
“UIW is an online learning leader in Texas and around the world,” says Burck Smith, CEO and founder of StraighterLine. “At a time when even the Secretary of Education is getting impatient with higher education’s cost crisis, UIW is taking creative and bold steps to provide low-cost, low-risk pathways to college.”“UIW, through the Division of Extended Academic Programs, is very pleased to join with StraighterLine to make a quality education more affordable. We are committed to making a college degree a reality for everyone. Accelerated terms, free textbooks for undergraduates, and engaging and challenging curriculum are the hallmarks of a UIW education”, says Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, Vice President for Extended Academic Programs.
About University of the Incarnate Word The University of the Incarnate Word is a private liberal arts university with a 130-year tradition of educating diverse populations throughout the world within the context of faith. UIW is the largest Catholic University in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. More than 70 degrees are offered to the over 8400 students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Students enjoy small classes and a close network of family-like relationships between students and professors. Committed to offering students a global experience, UIW continues to develop internationally and boasts a presence in both China and Mexico, as well as in San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. UIW is a leader in international education, with nearly 100 “sister schools” in 35 countries. UIW is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. 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. 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). In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 200 other schools are reported to have accepted StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit. Currently, StraighterLine offers 34 entry-level college courses online in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Math and Business. For information, visit or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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