Distance Learning

Mount Vernon Nazarene U Expands Online Programs

Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio has added a number of online general education courses intended to make it easier for non-traditional students to complete their degrees.

The university already offers a number of fully online degrees, including degrees in business administration, early childhood education and public safety administration. However, Mount Vernon wanted to make it easier for more of its adult learners, who may be balancing education with work and family commitments, to complete their degrees.

To help the university achieve this goal, it partnered with StraighterLine, an independent provider of low-cost, online general education courses. With this partnership, Mount Vernon students will have the option of taking some of their general education courses online through StraighterLine and transferring the credit to Mount Vernon. According to information on StraighterLine's site, students pay a membership fee of $99 per month plus a course fee, which is typically $49 per course.

StraighterLine offers more than 50 online courses with "a guaranteed credit pathway to Mount Vernon Nazarene University," including courses in subjects such as accounting, biology, business, calculus, chemistry, communication, Spanish, management, economics and history.

"Through this partnership our non-traditional students have the ability to further accelerate their learning path toward degree completion," said Dean Goon, director of innovative education at MVNU, in a prepared statement. "This is just one more way that MVNU seeks to assist its GPS [graduate and professional studies] students in their pursuit of a quality educational experience."

Further information about the partnership between Mount Vernon Nazarene University and StraighterLine can be found on StraighterLine's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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