Excelsior College Joins Forces With International Open Educational Providers

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Continuing its 40-year mission to increase access to higher education, Excelsior College is expanding its international reach through its participation in the Open Education Resource university (OERu).

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Becoming an active participant in OERu is a natural extension of Excelsior’s pioneering work in the assessment of prior learning,

Continuing its 40-year mission to increase access to higher education, Excelsior College is expanding its international reach through its participation in the Open Education Resource university (OERu).

OERu is a program of the Open Education Resource Foundation. Based in New Zealand, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership, international networking, and support for educators and educational institutions.

Members of OERu contribute to a growing array of high quality courses that students worldwide can access for free via the Internet. Excelsior, a private nonprofit institution, was founded in 1971 on the philosophy that ‘what you know is more important than where or how you learned it.’ It has developed a well-regarded methodology in the evaluation of learning obtained through a variety of pathways including classroom, online, independent study and work experience. Excelsior’s role in OERu will be focused on lending this expertise to other participating institutions and in helping students earn credit when using open educational resources for study purposes.

“Becoming an active participant in OERu is a natural extension of Excelsior’s pioneering work in the assessment of prior learning,” said Dr. John F. Ebersole, Excelsior’s president. “The OER Foundation is an internationally recognized organization that has worked with UNESCO and leading colleges and universities to carry out its mission of access which is closely allied with Excelsior’s. We are honored to have been invited to work with the Open Education Resource Foundation and look forward to a lasting relationship with it and the OERu project.”

“Excelsior’s recognized leadership in the assessment of learning obtained through ‘nontraditional’ means, such as the use of OER, adds an important dimension to fulfilling the mission of the Open Education Resource Foundation,” said Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, an OER Foundation Director and the director of the Open Education Resource Centre at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. “Excelsior College Examinations, available worldwide via secure PearsonVue testing centers, bring tremendous value to our network by offering OERu learners affordable alternatives to earning credit for their subject matter knowledge.”

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About Excelsior College
Excelsior College http://www.excelsior.edu is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

About the Open Education Resource Foundation
The Open Education Resource Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides leadership, international networking and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through Open Education. It leads innovative projects helping individuals and organisations return to the core educational values of sharing knowledge freely in a sustainable way.
The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit. The OER university aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions. It is rooted in the community service and outreach mission to develop a parallel learning universe to augment and add value to traditional delivery systems in post-secondary education.

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