StraighterLine and Cleary University Partner to Provide Affordable Way to Complete General Education Courses Online

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StraighterLine announced today that Cleary University has joined StraighterLine’s expanding partner college network

StraighterLine, the leading provider of low cost, online courses that earn college credit, has partnered with Cleary University to provide their students an affordable and flexible way to complete general education courses online. Specializing in business education, Cleary University offers innovative degree programs designed to equip students with the skills needed to lead and manage in the 21st century.

Of the new partnership, StraighterLine founder and CEO Burck Smith says, “As a college committed to providing a practical, project-based education that enables students to immediately contribute to their employers and communities, Cleary University aligns well with our own mission of helping students affordably and flexibly move forward with their degree through our low cost, self-paced online courses. By partnering with StraighterLine, Cleary University is offering its students a flexible way to get started on their business degree and earn college credit.”

Lance Lewis, Provost of Cleary University says, “We are excited to partner with StraighterLine because of their focus on providing flexible online education solutions that directly help students succeed. StraighterLine courses are recommended by ACE Credit (American Council on Education) and the Department of Education selected StraighterLine as an EQUIP partner – a strong indication of the quality of StraighterLine’s course curriculum.”

At Cleary University, the focus is on helping students achieve their dreams through programs that are focused, effective, and affordable. Cleary specializes in giving students the educational support needed to build skills for success in the business world.

About Cleary University

Founded in 1883, the foundation of Cleary University is business. Cleary University is committed to its mission to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills, and credentials that advance careers.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Cleary University is a specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. Cleary offers a full service campus in Livingston County and satellite campuses in Southeast Michigan, as well as online degree options. For more information visit

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 130 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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