StraighterLine and Kaplan University Partner to Award Credit for College-Level Courses

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Partnership between education start-up and leader in online post secondary education makes college-degrees more affordable.

“Kaplan University is addressing the issue of the increasing cost of college tuition and providing their students with a cost effective alternative to starting their degrees” said StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith.

StraighterLine (http://www.straighterline.com), announced today that Kaplan University (http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu) a leading provider of online postsecondary education, has joined the list of partner colleges working with StraighterLine to award college credit for its online college courses. StraighterLine partner colleges are accredited institutions that provide college credit for students who successfully complete online college courses from StraighterLine.

Students who successfully complete StraighterLine courses may enroll at Kaplan University with up to 27 college credits. These students will also receive a 10 percent tuition reduction on their Kaplan University tuition.

Students who take their freshman and introductory classes from StraighterLine can save thousands of dollars on a college degree by enrolling in StraighterLine’s tuition subscription program. It costs $99 per month plus $39 per course started.

In addition to being reviewed by partner colleges, StraighterLine online courses have been approved by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and have met or exceeded the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) standards for online college course quality.

Currently StraighterLine offers nine entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, English Composition I, Accounting I, Accounting II, Economics I: Macroeconomics and Economics II: Microeconomics, Business Statistics and two developmental courses, with more planned. StraighterLine’s list of affiliated partner schools includes the following regionally accredited institutions:

  •     Fort Hays State University
  •     Lake City Community College
  •     Potomac College
  •     Charter Oak State College
  •     Kaplan University

Additional information on the StraighterLine program can be found at http://www.straighterline.com .

“By partnering with StraighterLine, Kaplan University is addressing the issue of the increasing cost of college tuition and providing their students with a cost effective alternative to starting their degrees” said StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith. “This is a win for all our students who now have affordable paths to a variety of careers through this new partnership.”

“Kaplan University is committed to providing greater access to post secondary education for more people, particularly those that have not been successful in traditional higher education,” said Peter Smith, Ed.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Strategies and Development at Kaplan Higher Education. “StraigherLine’s courses provide an affordable and innovative alternative for individuals seeking a more cost-effective path to a college degree.”

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. Based in Davenport, Iowa, the University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Kaplan University offers more than 125 academic programs and serves more than 66,000 online and campus-based students. In addition to its online operations, the University has 10 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska and Maryland, and one Kaplan University Learning Center in Milwaukee. For more information about Kaplan University, visit http://www.kaplan.edu/talent.

About StraighterLine
StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for obtaining required college credits from accredited colleges and universities. StraighterLine students may choose to receive credit from StraighterLine’s regionally accredited partner colleges or through the American Council of Education’s (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service. Student-earned credits may also be transferable to non-partner colleges that recognize StraighterLine’s partner’s courses as equivalent programs. Students may start StraighterLine courses immediately and can stop at any point. StraighterLine offers two remarkable pricing programs; individual courses cost only $399, include 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support, and allow up to six months of access; and the StraighterLine for $99 program: a $99 per month subscription plus $39 per course started which includes unlimited access to any and all courses one at a time, plus 10 total hours of one-on-one instructional support, with no minimum or maximum time limit for online college course completion. For more information, visit StraighterLine.com or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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