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  • New York Times: California State Schools Could Accept Online Courses for Credit

    Barry Lenson

    [caption id="attachment_2783" align="alignright" width="254"] Burck Smith, StraighterLine founder and CEO[/caption] Over the last few months, we've been covering the crisis in California's system of higher education. At community colleges, students have been shut out of classes. At the Cal State Universities, students have been unable to get into  oversubscribed classes - sometimes, classes that they need to graduate. It's all due to a larger budgetary crisis in California. Students and graduation rates have suffered. California students have come to StraighterLine to take the courses that they need and then transfer their credits to their schools. We've been proud to offer a solution. But now, there's more news. “California Bil ...

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  • StraighterLine Is the Ultimate ________

    Barry Lenson

    I was having lunch last week with three other people. I started to talk about StraighterLine. The more I talked about StraighterLine’s low cost, opportunities to transfer credit, and other positives, the more intrigued my friends became. “Man,” one of them said, “StraighterLine is like the ultimate form of home schooling.” When you start to think about it, StraighterLine is also the ultimate form of independent study, the ultimate form of same-sex education, the ultimate night school, the ultimate summer school, ” I said. And I realized that I could continue to name other “ultimate” things that StraighterLine is. Want to join in? If you've been a StraighterLine student and have a sec, please join in the conversation ...

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  • The College Board vs. StraighterLine: Which Works Harder to Help You Finish College?

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re a student who’s visiting the College Board’s website for the first time, you’ll probably feel like a little kid who just wandered onto the set of Willie Wonka. There are so many products that look just so delicious. There are AP tests that could save you time and money by eliminating the need to take some college courses. There are also CLEP exams that promise just about the same thing. Which program should you grab and gobble up first? But how much can the AP or CLEP programs help you out? And would StraighterLine courses offer you a better way to earn college credit, save money, and get a faster start on college? Let’s take a closer look. What Are AP Exams? The Advanced Placement (AP) program is made up of two ...

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  • Parents: How to Get Your Waitlisted Community College Kid Back into Class

    Barry Lenson

    Above: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey Discusses the  National Couch Potato Crisis Junior or Junette seems to be spending a ton of time on the couch these days. And there seems to be a good reason. He or she was planning to take courses this term in a community college near you. But now those courses have been cancelled. Or they’re full. And when you ask your kid to describe his or her “Plan B” for getting back into class, he or she mumbles something inaudible and fires up another episode of “Girls” on HBO. Well, you can’t really blame your kid. Or can you? After all, being shut out of a class seems like a pretty ironclad reason for lying around for a couple of months until it is possible to try again. “Hey ...

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  • University of Maryland University College a Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re looking for a university with a worldwide reputation for educational innovation and excellence, we would like to direct your attention to the University of Maryland University College. Because UMUC is one of StraighterLine’s partner colleges, you can begin your studies there after completing coursework at StraighterLine. UMUC also accepts many of StraighterLine’s college-level courses for full credit. Here is some information that StraighterLine would like you to know about this unique educational opportunity. A University that is Deeply Committed to the U.S. Military and Veterans . . . University of Maryland University College opened its doors in 1947 and began to offer classes to veterans who were returning ...

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