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

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Vanguard University’s School for Professional Studies has partnered with StraighterLine to assist their adult learners in earning needed credits for their degree

StraighterLine, the leading provider of low-cost, online courses that earn college credit, has teamed up with Vanguard University’s School for Professional Studies to provide students an affordable and convenient pathway to a Vanguard University degree. This partnership covers all programs offered through Vanguard University’s School for Professional Studies with the exception of the University’s RN to BSN program.

“StraighterLine is committed to providing high-quality, low-cost general education courses to help students flexibly and affordably reach their degree goals,” StraighterLine Founder and CEO Burck Smith said. “By partnering with StraighterLine, Vanguard University School for Professional Studies enables students to complete the courses they need for their degree on their schedule.”

Vanguard University’s School for Professional Studies offers several online programs for working adults who want to complete their bachelor’s degree, including a fully online degree program in early childhood education.

“Our Professional Studies degree programs are designed to offer individualized tracks for professionals working towards their bachelor’s degree, and this partnership will allow even more students to make progress on their degree,” said John Burlison, Dean of Vanguard University’s School for Professional Studies. “Partnering with StraighterLine, is one way we provide students with a flexible way to earn their degree from Vanguard.”

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Since 2010, the U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard in the top 10 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named VU a 2014 "Best in the West" College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Vanguard University Professional Studies programs are for working adults who want to complete their Bachelor’s Degree. To learn more about Vanguard University please 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 over 25,000 individual students a year. Visit for more information.

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