[VIDEO] U.S. Department of Education’s EQUIP Experiment and StraighterLine

Beth Dumbauld

StraighterLine is pleased to announce to be just one of a handful of programs to be selected for the U.S. Department of Education’s EQUIP experiment. Through EQUIP, StraighterLine and Dallas County Community College District/DCCCD will offer two associate degree programs where StraighterLine delivers up to 75% of the coursework. These programs will primarily serve students that have attended some college, but have not yet obtained a credential. Tuition will be $99 per credit which includes all materials.

Learn more about EQUIP in this special video that features Joe May, Chancellor at Dallas County Community Colleges (DCCCD), Dr. Judith S. Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Yuanxia Ding, Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and Burck Smith, StraighterLine CEO.

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“We’re seeing more and more new models of learning and training emerge from outside of traditional higher education institutions. Some of these new models may provide more flexible and more affordable educational options and credentials than those offered by traditional programs. The most expensive degree is the one you don’t complete. EQUIP sites like this one are trying to change that, and we’re excited about their participation in the program,” said Yuanxia Ding, Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

“StraighterLine helps students lower the cost and risk of starting a degree and helps colleges attract and retain students. Students enrolling directly in StraighterLine’s general education courses pay a $99 per month subscription. College credit can be transferred to any of the more than 100 accredited colleges with whom we have guaranteed credit transfer agreements.” said Burck Smith, StraighterLine CEO and founder. “The EQUIP program allows trusted non-traditional education providers to participate in the financial aid system and validates the potential for new providers to help solve tough problems like tuition escalation, inconsistent credit transferability, low retention rates and high levels of student debt and default.”

Students enrolled in these EQUIP programs will have access to federal financial aid. CHEA will serve as a Quality Assurance Entity, reviewing student outcomes and other information to assure the quality of the educational offerings.

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