Colorado State University-Global Campus Selected for Alternative Credit Consortium by the American Council on Education

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The online state university announced as one of 15 new institutions committed to access and attainment in higher education for nontraditional students.

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The Alternative Credit Consortium will allow CSU-Global to further its mission of student success by utilizing new alternative credit options that reduce costs and accelerate time to degree completion.

Colorado State University-Global Campus ( is proud to announce that it has been selected to participate in a new initiative designed to increase flexibility for students earning their bachelor’s degree. In partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE), the Alternative Credit Consortium will allow CSU-Global to further its mission of student success by utilizing new alternative credit options that reduce costs and accelerate time to degree completion.

Through its inclusion in the consortium, CSU-Global will accept transfer credit for students who successfully complete low to no cost general education online courses that have been approved by CSU-Global from a pool of providers. To advance the current research available on alternative credit, the university will then share anonymous data on the progress and success rates of its cohort with ACE. CSU-Global is one of 40 institutions around the U.S. that has been selected by ACE for participation since its launch in December of 2014.

“As a state university designed to meet the needs of working adults, we are committed to providing students with opportunities to earn credit in a manner that works with their schedule and budget,” said Dr. Jon Bellum, Colorado State University-Global Campus Provost and Senior Vice President. “We are excited to take part in ACE’s consortium as it will provide valuable insight on how higher education can evolve to further benefit our students.”

CSU-Global has consistently worked to maximize the number of credits accepted for transfer into its online bachelor’s degree completion programs. Students can transfer up to 90 credits, including up to 60 from nontraditional sources. The online state university also offers its own alternative credit options including Prior Learning Assessments and Competency Based Exams. Prior Learning Assessments allows students to demonstrate how they meet the learning outcomes for a course based on their previous work experience while Competency Based Exams provide students access to course materials to study before they decide to attempt to earn credit by sitting for an exam for a small fee.

“Finding and implementing innovative alternative credit options that increase student success while meeting our high standards for academic quality supports our mission,” continued Dr. Bellum. “We look forward to continuing to be on the leading edge of this endeavor.”

More information on the consortium and alternative credit project can be found on ACE’s website. Prospective students should visit or call 1-800-920-6723 to learn more about the university’s career relevant degrees.

About Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU-Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.


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