StraighterLine and Urban College of Boston Announce Partnership to Offer Affordable College Education for Students in Urban Communities

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StraighterLine Partners with Urban College of Boston to Make Degree Completion More Accessible for All Students

We are very excited to partner with Urban College of Boston, to assist in bringing affordable degrees to students who had to overcome economic hardships and social and language barriers in the Boston area and beyond.

StraighterLine, the fastest-growing provider of alternative academic credit, has partnered with Urban College of Boston to further their mission to provide a college degree and professional advancement to all students regardless of their economic, social, and language barriers.

Of the partnership, StraighterLine founder and CEO Burck Smith says, “We are very excited to partner with Urban College of Boston, to assist in bringing affordable degrees to students who had to overcome economic hardships and social and language barriers in the Boston area and beyond.”

“The Urban College community is enthusiastic about our partnership with StraighterLine. We believe it will be a tremendous asset to our students.”

In accordance with its mission and vision, UCB offers many non-traditional opportunities for its students to facilitate degree completion for those that have historically not been afforded the opportunity. The institution offers alternative locations outside of Boston, multilingual tutorials and classes in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. This model has resonated with the exact students UCB is trying to reach. Lower income students make up 76% of their student body, and 67% speak English as a second language.

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About Urban College Boston

The Urban College of Boston (UCB) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 co-educational two-year college established to provide the opportunity for post-secondary education and professional advancement to those in the urban community traditionally underserved by higher education. Urban College grants an Associate of Arts degree in three areas of study: Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration, and General Studies. The College also offers Certificate programs in 11 areas.

The Urban College began as the Urban College Program within Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. over thirty years ago. In 1993, the College was chartered and is the only institution established by an anti-poverty agency.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine is an innovative higher education model that provides high quality online general education courses that colleges recognize for credit. StraighterLine’s low-cost online courses are offered to students for a $99-a-month subscription.

StraighterLine is among a select few online course providers to be invited to participate in the Department of Education’s EQUIP (Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships) Program, which allows students to access federal financial aid for the chosen programs.
StraighterLine has developed a network of over 100 leading adult-serving colleges and universities that guarantee acceptance of StraighterLine courses.

Having been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), StraighterLine courses will also be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for transfer to their degree programs upon request. StraighterLine currently serves 20,000 individual students a year. Visit http://www.straighterline.com for more information.

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