StraighterLine and Union Institute & University have Partnered to Offer Affordable Degree Paths to Adult Learners

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StraighterLine Partners with Union Institute & University to offer degrees to Adult Learners

Together, StraighterLine and Union Institute & University will work to provide adult learners with a convenient and affordable option to obtain their degree.

StraighterLine, the fastest-growing provider of alternative academic credit, has partnered with Union Institute & University to aid in Union’s mission to educate highly motivated adult learners and help them on their way to their professional goals.

Of the partnership, StraighterLine CEO and founder, Burck Smith said, “We are excited to partner with an institution that focuses on adult learners. Together, StraighterLine and Union Institute & University will work to provide adult learners with a convenient and affordable option to obtain their degree.”

Likewise, Peter Caccavari, National Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Union Institute & University says, “StraighterLine is a great partner for Union because they offer another path for our students that gives them additional flexibility and cost-control. Collaboration towards common goals is essential for success in the workplace and the community, and we are modeling collaboration to our students through this partnership.”

Union Institute & University makes sure that its students have the personalized attention that they need. The institution understands that its students are juggling school, work, and life. So it makes sure that its 400+ faculty and staff are always there to support the students in whatever they need.

About Union Institute & University

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, accredited, private university specializing in adult and distance education since 1964. Union strives to engage, enlighten, and empower students in a lifetime of learning and service. The university's transformational and socially relevant programs promote creative and critical thinking, and connect scholarship with real-world practice. Flexible online classes, brief residencies, classroom experiences, and hybrid models of instruction lead to undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Union graduates, including 26 college presidents, leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, members of the United States Congress, and the first female prime minister of Jamaica, promote Union's legacy of utilizing education to transform lives and communities.

Over 15,500 alumni have completed their degrees at Union while juggling multiple commitments, including the balancing act of family and career. Union is a national university with five academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, California, and Vermont.

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 for more information.

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