You’ve wanted a college degree for a long time. Maybe you tried it once before and did not finish. Maybe you never had an opportunity to start. None of that matters. What matters is that you know you want the degree and you are ready to take the steps to finally enroll.
For students, making a decision to take a course outside of their college or university — even if that course is online, self-paced, and costs less than their regular classes — can sometimes feel overwhelming. They may not understand how to find the right course, what to expect, or they might be anxious about whether their college will accept transfer credits from the online program.
StraighterLine offers students an affordable and convenient pathway to college readiness and helps increase student persistence to graduation. We’ve made it easy for you and your school to refer underprepared or at-risk students to us to help them complete program prerequisites, prepare for the rigors of college, and stay on track for graduation after enrolling.
StraighterLine’s CEO and Founder Burck Smith is proud to be a Partner for Transformation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC’s Partners for Transformation is a blue-ribbon think tank tasked with offering innovative ideas on accreditation of colleges and universities.
StraighterLine’s CEO and Founder Burck Smith participated in the Online Student Success Symposium (OS3), hosted by BYU-Pathway Worldwide and sponsored by Strada Education Network. OS3 gathered a small group of leaders and professionals from universities offering online learning programs and organizations that provide student support services.
Participants included individuals from the following educational organizations and service providers:
StraighterLine has been delivering online college courses for over a decade. In that time, we’ve accumulated tons of experience and expertise on what it takes to provide a quality online environment for student success. We’ve worked with thousands of schools, from college presidents and deans to academic advisors and enrollment counselors – and have earned their trust by providing a high-quality online option for their schools. We have helped prepare their students for success in their degree programs, brought back stop-outs, and increased persistence and improved graduation rates.
If you ask Dr. Amy Smith, StraighterLine’s new Chief Learning Officer, what gets her out of bed in the morning, the answer is simple: access to higher education for all adult learners.
“I genuinely believe that you should have the opportunity to decide your future,” says Smith, who recently came to StraighterLine from a 25-year-career in academia. “Nobody should say you can't go to college because you took a class when you were 18 at the local community college and got an F.”
The traditional stereotype of an incoming college student is a young person who’s as concerned about their social life as they are about course selection. The reality is that today’s college student doesn’t fit that old stereotype. In fact, almost 35% of today’s incoming students in the U.S. are over the age of 25.