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Old 06-26-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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What do you guys think?

Online Courses - Distance Learning Courses - Online Classes for College Credit - StraighterLine

Apparently they offer introductory college classes very inexpensively online. These will not transfer to elite universities, but many middle tier colleges accept them. Straighterline itself does not offer credit, but the courses transfer to affiliated colleges for credit. It seems to be an interesting concept. Unlike Phoenix which solicits its students into lots of loan and debt, this one does not. It does not offer degrees or credits on its own.

Colleges which accept these credits. There are not a lot of schools and some seem shady to me, but there are some decent schools.

Earn College Credit Through StraighterLine and Transfers to These Online Colleges and Universities - StraighterLine
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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What do you guys think?

Online Courses - Distance Learning Courses - Online Classes for College Credit - StraighterLine

Apparently they offer introductory college classes very inexpensively online. These will not transfer to elite universities, but many middle tier colleges accept them. Straighterline itself does not offer credit, but the courses transfer to affiliated colleges for credit. It seems to be an interesting concept. Unlike Phoenix which solicits its students into lots of loan and debt, this one does not. It does not offer degrees or credits on its own.

Colleges which accept these credits. There are not a lot of schools and some seem shady to me, but there are some decent schools.

Earn College Credit Through StraighterLine and Transfers to These Online Colleges and Universities - StraighterLine
"according to our students, here is a sample of non-partner colleges that have awarded credit for StraighterLine courses."

Somehow I am sceptical that Wake Forest School of Medicine awarded credit for a StraighterLine course.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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"according to our students, here is a sample of non-partner colleges that have awarded credit for StraighterLine courses."

Somehow I am sceptical that Wake Forest School of Medicine awarded credit for a StraighterLine course.
I do doubt that any med school would grant credit, but perhaps the college the student went to for premed did, so by extension the med school would.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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I do doubt that any med school would grant credit, but perhaps the college the student went to for premed did, so by extension the med school would.
It doesn't work that way. As it states on the website, "recognition of college credit is made by each school." There is no way that Wake Forest School of Medicine or any graduate program will state that "by extension, they granted credit for an undergraduate class that was transferred to a med student's undergraduate program. Most graduate programs of any kind do not accept transfer credits in the first place.

I think there is some false advertising on StraighterLine's website.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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It doesn't work that way. As it states on the website, "recognition of college credit is made by each school." There is no way that Wake Forest School of Medicine or any graduate program will state that "by extension, they granted credit for an undergraduate class that was transferred to a med student's undergraduate program. Most graduate programs of any kind do not accept transfer credits in the first place.

I think there is some false advertising on StraighterLine's website.
Could be. It's a fairly new idea and pretty unknown.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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It does not specify what type of credit was granted either. Wake Forest School of Medicine has a continuing education program:
Office of Continuing Medical Education - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
So perhaps the courses were accepted for CMEs/CEUs rather than med school course credit. It would still be Wake Forest School of Medicine accepting the credits, but not in the way assumed when you see the name on the website.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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It does not specify what type of credit was granted either. Wake Forest School of Medicine has a continuing education program:
Office of Continuing Medical Education - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
So perhaps the courses were accepted for CMEs/CEUs rather than med school course credit. It would still be Wake Forest School of Medicine accepting the credits, but not in the way assumed when you see the name on the website.
If you look at Wake Forest Continuing Medical Education website you will see they offer continuing education for medical professionals. They are very specialized courses such as Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension and Differential Diagnosis of Wide Complex Tachycardia. StraighterLine is offering online undergraduate courses such as General Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology. They are not similar types of courses.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:25 PM
 
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StraighterLine recommends every student just call and ask the school themselves. All courses are ACE approved, most schools accept ACE credits. But again, just call and ask.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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What do you guys think?

Online Courses - Distance Learning Courses - Online Classes for College Credit - StraighterLine

Apparently they offer introductory college classes very inexpensively online. These will not transfer to elite universities, but many middle tier colleges accept them. Straighterline itself does not offer credit, but the courses transfer to affiliated colleges for credit. It seems to be an interesting concept. Unlike Phoenix which solicits its students into lots of loan and debt, this one does not. It does not offer degrees or credits on its own.

Colleges which accept these credits. There are not a lot of schools and some seem shady to me, but there are some decent schools.

Earn College Credit Through StraighterLine and Transfers to These Online Colleges and Universities - StraighterLine
Not sure if this is correct but it says here http://www.squidoo.com/straighterline-reviews that as of November 1st 2012 all exams through Straighterline require proctoring in order for credits to be carried over to chosen university. They are in partner with over 250 colleges and universities. Best double check with the university to make sure though before you sign up.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:14 PM
 
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The University of Texas - Austin recommends Straighterline to complete some of the prerequisite courses for their Alternate Entry PhD in Nursing.

http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/docs/a...requisites.pdf

None of the partner colleges are shady. Some of the partners are just not colleges and don't pretend to be such as LearningCounts.org. Learning Counts is a PLA (prior learning assessment) service that, surprisingly, my local community colleges recommend. Most of the partner colleges that are actually colleges are regionally-accredited.

The state school I graduated from accepts Straighterline courses for credit. They accept just about any ACE-approved course, but nothing from nationally-accredited schools. It's interesting how regionally-accredited schools seem to be more accepting of ACE-approved courses than credits from nationally-accredited schools (DETC, ACCSC, ACICS, etc.). This is the reason why Penn Foster College has gotten many of its courses ACE-evaluated.

Yes, Straighterline has just started requiring that all final exams be proctored in order to attract more partner schools and increase acceptance of their courses. They use an online proctoring service called ProctorU. However, I haven't seen anything on Straighterline's website that says it partners with 250 schools. Maybe 250 schools have accepted their credits, but they aren't on their list of partner colleges.
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