Higher Education

  • StraighterLine Low-Cost Online College Courses Fuel the Alternative Credit Project

    StraighterLine Low-Cost Online College Courses Fuel the Alternative Credit Project
    Beth Dumbauld

    StraighterLine is proud to be chosen as a founding and leading alternative credit provider for the American Council on Education Credit Recommendation Service’s Alternative Credit Project, (ACP) an effort by ACE and the Gates Foundation to assist the over 31 million U.S. adults who are eligible to start or return to college by providing affordable and flexible college solutions to the rising cost of college. The project reviews courses from a select group of providers and creates guaranteed transfer pathways to nearly 40 colleges. The list of guaranteed courses and colleges will be released in October of 2015. Alternative Credit Transfer Made Easy At StraighterLine, we help students successfully and affordably start, or re-start, co ...

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  • What are “Quality” Online Courses?

    What are “Quality” Online Courses?
    Burck Smith

    Since 2008, StraighterLine has noted that online courses – because they require none of the expensive infrastructure of face-to-face courses – should be much, much cheaper than a college’s face-to-face courses. The growth of equivalent, but cheaper and unsubsidized, providers of online courses creates a problem for state and local policymakers. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Equivalent But Cheaper If equivalent but cheaper courses exist, but taxpayer money can only be used for expensive accredited providers, then taxpayer funds are being spent poorly. Slowly, policymakers are trying to address this. Last week the Department of Education announced that it was looking into ways in which alternative ...

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  • [Video] A Conversation with StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith

    Beth Dumbauld

    Learn why StraighterLine was started in this special interview with our CEO, Burck Smith. “We were very early to note that online courses—online college courses—should be much less expensive than they currently are from colleges, and we built a really interesting business model.” Watch the video to learn more: To date, StraighterLine has saved colleges students nearly $80 million if they had enrolled in college courses directly as opposed to enrolling with us. We’ve served over 30,000 students at this point. Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial today! ...

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  • Online College Credit and the Age of Price Competition

    Online College Credit and the Age of Price Competition
    Burck Smith

    Though online learning has been around since the mid-90’s, it wasn’t until the early part of the ‘00’s that it began to take off. Enrollments in online courses at accredited colleges have grown steadily such that, today, about 1/3 of all college students – about 6 million -- are taking at least one online course. Though online course delivery has become commonplace, the growth rate of students enrolling in online courses at accredited colleges has stagnated. (Source: http://mfeldstein.com/no-discernible-growth-us-higher-ed-online-learning/) Strong Demand for Low-Cost Online Learning One might argue that online education has reached a saturation point – that all the remaining students don’t want or need online course ...

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  • Accrediting the Unaccredited

    Accrediting the Unaccredited
    Burck Smith

    What is a college? The typical image of a college comes with buildings, classrooms, parking lots, sports teams and sometimes ivory towers. However, none of this can be provided online. So, what is a college online? Really, nothing separates a college from a non-college when delivering online courses. The only distinction is that students taking online courses from “colleges,” as defined by the federal Department of Education, are eligible for cheap loans and Pell grants. Yet, over 90% of colleges charge the same OR MORE for online courses than for face-to-face courses – despite the fact that the cost of delivery is far less. Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! Financial Aid Only for Most Expensive Onli ...

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