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  • Fort Hays State University and StraighterLine Join Forces to Help Stop-Out Students

    Beth Dumbauld

    The Fort Hays State Academy to Offer Affordable, Flexible General Education Courses Online Baltimore, MD (Oct. 4, 2021) — Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive public university in Hays, Kansas today announced a new pathway for students who had to take a break from their education to return to FHSU to complete their degree. In collaboration with StraighterLine, the new Fort Hays State Academy offers low-cost, competency-based online education courses that provide students a flexible way to restart their degree program. “One of the great and enduring strengths of our university is the extent to which our faculty and staff invest personally in the success of every student,” said FHSU Provost and Vice President f ...

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  • StraighterLine Salutes Its 100,000+ Students on National Online Learning Day

    StraighterLine Salutes Its 100,000+ Students on National Online Learning Day
    Beth Dumbauld

    National Online Learning Day is celebrated annually on September 15 to highlight students of all ages that are learning online and bring awareness to the benefits of online education. BALTIMORE, MD. (September 15, 2021) – When Burck Smith founded StraighterLine in 2008 he had one goal – to create an innovative online educational platform that would help solve the No. 1 issue facing students today – the skyrocketing cost of college. StraighterLine was the first non-college or university to offer online courses for college credit and now more than 100,000 students have saved time and money taking a StraighterLine course. Long before massive open online courses (MOOCs) began to take shape in 2011, StraighterLine began offering online cou ...

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  • Colorado Regional Public University Launches New Academy to Guarantee Admission for Incoming Students

    Beth Dumbauld

    CSU Pueblo Academy creates a new pathway to college access through low-cost, flexible online courses for students who did not meet admissions requirements Baltimore, MD (September 9, 2021) -- Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU Pueblo), a regional comprehensive university in southwest Colorado with a focus on practical degree programs, today announced a new admissions pathway that will expand college access for students who did not meet basic admissions requirements. In collaboration with StraighterLine, the new CSU Pueblo Academy offers low-cost, competency-based general education courses that enable students to earn admission to the university and apply the credits toward their bachelor’s degree. “College completion offers a path t ...

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  • StraighterLine Partners with Rio Salado College to Launch Readiness Academy

    Beth Dumbauld

    Readiness Academy Offers Low-Cost, Flexible Credit Pathways to Enter and Complete College This fall, StraighterLine is excited to partner with Rio Salado College, one of the country’s largest community colleges, to give incoming, current, and returning students more affordable and flexible options to complete their general education courses. The Rio Salado Readiness Academy will offer low-cost, online, competency-based courses that help learners efficiently earn credit toward their degree. Rio Salado College, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, serves nearly 50,000 students annually as one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges. It offers over 600 online classes and over 130 degree and certificate programs, with a particular focus on helping st ...

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  • Online University Expands College Access to Adults through Flexible Admissions Pathway

    Beth Dumbauld

    Private, non-profit Northcentral University accepts credits from StraighterLine’s affordable, competency-based courses to help students complete academic requirements for entry  SAN DIEGO, CA (February 3, 2021) -- Going back to college once you’ve dropped out can seem overwhelming. Finding the right program, making time around a full-time job—and then there’s the cost. Yet a college degree is clearly worth it. Bachelor’s degree holders typically earn 66% more than those with a high school diploma, and they are less likely to face unemployment. Despite unprecedented economic uncertainty over the past year, the December unemployment rate for those with bachelor’s degrees or higher was only 3.8%. “Too many students start college ...

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