StraighterLine and Tennessee State University Announce Partnership to Offer Affordable Academic Credit for Students

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StraighterLine Partners with Tennessee State University to Make Earning a College Degree More Flexible and Affordable

StraighterLine, the fastest-growing provider of alternative academic credit, has partnered with Tennessee State University to offer students a convenient and affordable online option to earn credit towards their college degree.

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, urban, land-grant institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. TSU is dedicated to helping students develop the skills needed for the real world. Through the school’s partnership with StraighterLine, TSU now offers students even more flexible options to earn a bachelor’s degree and prepare for the knowledge-based jobs of tomorrow.

Of the new partnership, StraighterLine founder and CEO Burck Smith says, “By partnering with StraighterLine, Tennessee State University is helping students achieve their professional, academic and career goals. Tennessee State University’s commitment to excellence, professional preparedness, and college affordability is well-aligned with StraighterLine's mission of providing high-quality online college courses at an affordable price."

“Tennessee State University is excited to partner with StraighterLine to expand our online options for students who want to take advantage of convenient self-paced courses. With StraighterLine, our students are able to fulfill prerequisites and general education requirements, build skills and accelerate their path to graduation,” said Dr. Evelyn Nettles, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at TSU.

All StraighterLine credit-bearing courses are approved by ACE Credit (American Council on Education), and the U.S. Department of Education selected StraighterLine as an EQUIP partner–a strong reflection of their evaluation of StraighterLine curriculum.

Students can now use the course-to-course equivalency guide between Tennessee State University and StraighterLine to determine exactly which StraighterLine courses are guaranteed to transfer into the Tennessee State University degree programs.

About Tennessee State University

With more than 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 25 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at

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 U.S. 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. Visit for more information.

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