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StraighterLine Partners with Acadeum to Offer College Course Sharing

Online postsecondary course company StraighterLine has partnered with course sharing provider Acadeum to provide access to more than 250 of StraighterLine's accredited on-demand college courses, making them available to students whose institutions don't offer them. The partnership is expected to help students meet degree requirements and attain completion through a more flexible and accessible model.

The partnership expands the availability of low-cost general education courses and allows students to gain academic credits to apply to their home institution, according to a news announcement.

The Acadeum network consists of 460 colleges and universities, and the StraighterLine courses have been accepted at over 3,000 accredited institutions.

"Colleges and universities today are under an immense amount of pressure to boost both persistence and retention on a limited budget," said David Daniels, Acadeum CEO. "This is about increasing access to the courses students need, when they need them, at an affordable cost. By tapping into the power of consortia and course sharing, institutions reduce time to completion, and help learners complete a degree or credential of value efficiently and affordably."

With Acadeum's course sharing, students can:

  • Find and register for courses not available on their campus;
  • Take fully online courses that work with their individual schedules;
  • Avoid having to deal with transfer paperwork; and
  • Obtain financial aid like they do at their home institution.

For educators, the course sharing system:

  • Allows them to maintain oversight and autonomy of their courses;
  • Allows them to review syllabi, teaching credentials, and expected outcomes; and
  • Keeps students on track if scheduling prohibits taking courses at their own institutions.

Once students complete a course, their grades and credits will show up on their transcripts as though they had taken the course at their home institutions.

For more information about how the partnership works, visit the Acadeum course share page.

About the Author

Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.

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