Accreditation and Quality
StraighterLine courses and tests are reviewed and approved by multiple independent reviewers that validate higher education course quality, including the American Council on Education, the Distance Education And Training Council and the College Board Advanced Placement program.
American Council on Education
The American Council on Education (ACE) is the premier coordinating body for more than 2,000 colleges and universities, providing leadership on key higher education and policy issues through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. ACE operates a College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) that helps students gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.
For decades, colleges, universities, corporations and professional organizations have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate credit award decisions. Credit-by-exam, online courses, work and military training have all been long been recognized by colleges and universities as a valid source of transfer credit.
All StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT.
High-Quality Course Materials
StraighterLine online courses are very similar to those offered throughout higher education by accredited colleges and universities, which is why more than 300 colleges and universities have granted credit for our programs. Our online course materials are provided by leading digital publishers like McGraw-Hill and Thinkwell and are already used by more than 1,000 traditional and online higher education institutions.
In addition, our personalized online tutoring is powered by subject matter experts from SMARTHINKING and NetTutor, who also support students at more than 500 accredited colleges and universities – in many instances providing much more individualize support than you would ever get in a traditional on-campus lecture course.
Accreditation and Partner Colleges
Accreditation exists to ensure that higher education provided by colleges and universities meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies are non-governmental bodies that are funded by the colleges that they evaluate. StraighterLine has more than 35 regionally accredited articulation partners who accept our college-level courses for transfer credit. To learn more about accreditation, visit the Department of Education’s website.
Since StraighterLine only offers courses and tests, and we do not offer complete degree programs, we cannot be accredited ourselves, but all of our partner colleges are accredited. More than 35 of our partner colleges have regional accreditation, and as a group our partner colleges represent five of the six accreditation regions.
Before joining StraighterLine as a partner college, an institution evaluates our courses to ensure that they meet the standards they have set for their own coursework. This means StraighterLine has to demonstrate our course quality to multiple accredited colleges and universities. In fact, StraighterLine has done much more than most institutions to demonstrate course quality.
Distance Education And Training Council
The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is a federally recognized accrediting association for distance education and training institutions worldwide. At our request, DETC agreed to review our courses and determined that StraighterLine courses “meet DETC’s standards for online learning”.
More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries award students transfer credit for advanced placement on the basis of either the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Exams or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Some StraighterLine courses have been reviewed and authorized by the College Board as qualified AP program courses.