Blog Inside Higher Ed Op-Ed: Open the Title IV Door The federal financial aid system is locking students out of more affordable learning options. StraighterLine Chairman & Founder Burck Smith makes the case for reimagining the bedrock law of our federal financial aid system: Title IV. News Release Rosemont College Partners with StraighterLine to Offer Adult Learners an Affordable Path to a Degree Rosemont’s partnership with StraighterLine allows students to take self-paced, low-cost, general education courses that easily transfer to the institution. Through Rosemont’s Momentum Program, students receive significantly discounted tuition rates toward the College’s online degrees and certificates. Webinar Students’ Lived Experiences in Transferring Credits: A One-Time Opportunity to Increase Enrollment Who transfers and why? In this webinar, experts from UPCEA and StraighterLine share their empirical research findings on who are higher ed's transfer students, why do students transfer, and what the transfer experience is like from the student perspective. News Release Survey: 3 in 10 Students Lose Significant Academic Credits Transferring Between Colleges New empirical research from UPCEA and StraighterLine examines barriers and motivations for transfer students with implications for institutions, finds 30% of students lose at least a quarter of existing academic credit. News Release StraighterLine Taps Zachary Wagner as Chief Product Officer Zachary Wagner brings a decade of experience leading product strategy and development for consumer and business-to-business platforms in the education technology industry to his new role as StraighterLine's Chief Product Officer. News Release StraighterLine Acquires Leading Training Provider for the Early Childhood Education Workforce Online learning pioneer expands its focus on flexible, career-aligned credentials with the acquisition of ChildCare Education Institute. News Release Stephanie Mullette Named VP of Partnerships and Business Development for StraighterLine Stephanie Mullette, a leader with more than 15 years of experience in business transformation, strategic partnerships and corporate membership engagement, has been appointed vice president of partnerships and business development at StraighterLine News Release New Partner: Roseman University College of Nursing Roseman is partnering with StraighterLine for students to overcome financial and scheduling constraints to meet their academic needs for admission to nursing school. News Release StraighterLine Named Official Partner of the NJCAA 500 NJCAA member colleges will be able to complement their current course offerings and provide more flexibility to their student-athletes through this exclusive partnerinership. Case Study Baker College Addresses Student Barriers to Higher Education Case study profiles how Baker College is helping alleviate common "pain points" faced by students in their pursuit of a college degree. Blog Who Are Higher Education's Adult Learners? UPCEA and StraigherLine conducted a critical empirical research study profiling the disengaged learner to better understand their situations and motivations in relation to higher ed. Webinar At-Risk Students: Helping Them Graduate On-time & On-budget Learn about StraighterLine's proven outcomes and how we help students gain the courses or credits they need to start, return, and/or successfully complete their degree. Webinar Strengthening Higher Education in New York Through Alternative Pathways Panelists discuss the current landscape of higher education in New York and how the state can create alternative pathways for learners. News Release StraighterLine Taps Jeff Mutimer as Chief Growth Officer Mutimer, with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience at high-growth organizations including ed tech, will lead sales, service, and marketing for StraighterLine. Blog WCET Features Dr. Amy Smith’s Academic Rigor Insights & Research Analysis Article by Dr. Amy Smith, StraighterLine’s CLO, addresses how our understanding of academic rigor impacts online learning. Blog Chairman & Founder Burck Smith on How to De-Risk College Entry HigherEd Dive features op-ed by StraighterLine's Chairman and Founder about rethinking first-year education to de-risk college entry. Case Study Grambling State University Helps Adult Learners Persist to Degree Completion Case study profiles how Grambling is meeting today's learners’ needs with flexible courses and support—no matter where they reside. Blog CAEL Features Dr. Amy Smith’s Insights & Research Analysis into Academic Rigor Article by Dr. Amy Smith, StraighterLine’s CLO, addresses: “How do we begin to define what makes a course rigorous for the modern adult learner?” Blog What Unique Challenges Do First-Generation Students Face in Higher Ed? When you understand the unique challenges these students face, you can provide intentional, purposeful, and innovative programs that are imperative to helping them persist to graduation. News Release New Partner: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is now partnering with StraighterLine to offer an online pathway for its bachelor’s completion program. Blog Improve Student Success with a Student-First Approach StraighterLine’s student outcomes show our flexibility and support services enable students to outperform their non-StraighterLine peers in on-time performance, persistence, retention, and graduation rates. The foundation of this success is based in wraparound student support. Webinar Operation Rescue: Re-engaging the Disengaged Student Why do students stop out of higher ed? In this webinar, experts from UPCEA and StraighterLine share their empirical research findings profiling the disengaged learner and what motivates them to re-engage. News Release StraighterLine Welcomes Seasoned Leader Heather Combs as CEO New CEO Heather Combs brings to the executive leadership team more than two decades of experience in scaling high-growth companies. Webinar Expanding Access: How One Land Grant University is Solving one of Higher Ed's Most Vexing Challenges Leaders from Utah State University, APLU, AASCU, and StraighterLine discuss USU's Earned Admission program, what the results have been so far, and how thinking more expansively about access can help institutions solve some of their most vexing enrollment challenges. Blog Student Success & Academic Rigor: Redesigned English Comp Course StraighterLine's redesigned English Composition I course combines rigor and support to help students master writing skills, gain research experience, and understand the writing process. Case Study Utah State University Expands Access with Earned Admissions Case study profiles how USU is solving the challenge of student readiness while fulfilling the school's mission of being accessible to all. News Release Earned Admission: Expanding Access at Utah State University As part of its goal of being accessible to all, Utah State University partnered with StraighterLine to pilot a program that offered prospective students a chance to earn their admission through pre-coursework. Webinar Leveraging Alternative Pathways to Meet Students Where They Are Higher ed leaders discuss strategic pathways to meet students where they are and address key pain points that hinder their enrollment and completion. Blog Rigor and College Credit: Why We Need a Better Understanding of Academic Rigor How do we define academic rigor? StraighterLine's Chief Learning Officer Dr. Amy reviewed the existing research and formulated a definition to serve as a baseline for faculty and students alike. News Release Helping Students Earn an Affordable Degree: A Year in Review at StraighterLine As 2021 comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to reflect on all that StraighterLine students and the team that support them have accomplished this year. Blog Prior Learning Assessment: Necessary Burden or Future-Proofing Strategy? This op-ed by Bob Hansen, CEO of UPCEA, and Burck Smith, founder and CEO of StraighterLine, makes the case that higher ed institutions can diversify student populations and better serve adult students by thinking strategically about PLA. News Release New Research Answers Question Every College Wants to Know: Why Do Students Leave and How Do We Get Them Back? UPCEA and StraighterLine conducted a critical empirical research study profiling the disengaged learner to better understand their situations and motivations in relation to higher education. The study focused on individuals who have college credits but are no longer attending college to identify why they stopped attending and what motivates them to re-engage. Blog Overview for Colleges, Student Advisors and Enrollment Counselors StraighterLine offers students an affordable and convenient pathway to college readiness and helps increase student persistence to graduation. News Release CSU Pueblo Launches Program to Guarantee Admission for Incoming Students New pathway to college offers low-cost, flexible online courses to expand college access for students who did not meet basic admissions requirements. News Release Online University Expands College Access to Adults Through Flexible Admissions Pathway Nonprofit Northcentral University accepts credits from StraighterLine’s affordable, competency-based courses to help students complete academic requirements for entry. News Release USU Announces New Admissions Policy to Significantly Expand College Access Utah’s public land-grant university introduces a new three-course Earned Admission pathway to guarantee entrance to high school graduates. News Release Compete Louisiana Doubles Down on Effort to Re-enroll Adults The University of Louisiana System rolls out new re-entry academy with flexible, online courses to reach students with some college but no degree. Case Study National Online University Increases College Readiness & Tuition Revenue Partnership with StraighterLine delivers new enrollments helping National Online University generate an incremental $7M in tuition revenue.