StraighterLine Courses Approved by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

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StraighterLine and the DEAC are working together to uphold principles of quality assurance and the utmost in academic standards for online college course delivery.

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) April 13, 2015

StraighterLine, a leading provider of affordable, flexible and transferable online college courses, has completed a rigorous, nearly six-month review process with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). StraighterLine and the DEAC are pleased to announce that the DEAC’s Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) committee has evaluated 17 StraighterLine courses and recommended AQC approval for them.

In granting AQC status for these courses, the DEAC has confirmed that the courses meet the academic quality standards the Accrediting Commission has established for distance education. Approved courses include

–English Composition I II

–College Algebra

–Introduction to Programming C++

–Accounting I II

–and other popular StraighterLine courses.

StraighterLine and the DEAC are working together to uphold principles of quality assurance and the utmost in academic standards for online college course delivery.

“StraighterLine is one of the most prominent names in online non-institutional higher education,” says Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC Executive Director. “AQC recognition further distinguishes StraighterLine as a pioneer in academic innovations that offer real solutions to confronting the nation’s postsecondary achievement gap.”

Burck Smith, StraighterLine Founder and CEO, comments, “DEAC’s approval of StraighterLine’s courses further demonstrates StraighterLine’s commitment to delivering online general education college courses of the highest quality.”

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on quality assessment of distance education. Initially recognized by the Department of Education in 1959, the DEAC has continually held federal recognition, which aims to ensure that accreditors meet expectations for institutional and program participation in federal activities–including financial aid programs.

StraighterLine and DEAC: A Relationship that Benefits Students

The DEAC understands the importance of innovation when it comes to academic delivery and design. StraighterLine has positioned itself as just that–an innovator in the field of higher education. And by subjecting its courses to peer review and course accreditation standards, StraighterLine has strengthened its commitment to offering students the highest quality courses at the best value.

The DEAC is committed to experimenting with new ways of extending the educational reach of distance education by vetting the quality standards of online courses with the ultimate goal of supporting students who would not otherwise have access. This objective aligns perfectly with StraighterLine’s mission to provide a low-cost, self-paced avenue for students to conveniently earn their degrees on their own schedules.

About DEAC

Founded in 1926 with the moniker National Home Study Council, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a national institutional accrediting organization for postsecondary distance education institutions that offer programs primarily by the distance education method from the non-degree level up to and including the professional doctoral degree.

DEAC’s goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits by requiring compliance with its published standards, policies and procedures and by fostering continual self- improvement. DEAC is dedicated to ensuring a quality education for the more than 2 million students who annually study at its 102 accredited institutions.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine helps students reach their full potential by putting them on a straighter line towards the degree of their choice, the career of their dreams, and the life they’ve always wanted – on their budget and on their schedule.

StraighterLine was founded in 2009 by Burck Smith as a solution to the rising costs of college education. Burck set out to discover why prices for online courses were the same or higher than those of face-to-face courses. Using relationships with colleges, publishers, and policymakers that were forged in his 15 years of online higher education experience, Burck created StraighterLine, a way for students to get low-priced – but high quality – college credit.

StraighterLine students have transferred over 26,000 StraighterLine credits to America’s colleges. In addition to our 80+ Partner Colleges, over 400 colleges have accepted credit for StraighterLine courses. In addition to the recent review and recommendation from DEAC, StraighterLine’s courses are also evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability of coursework and examination results to their courses and degree programs.

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Beth Dumbauld

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