Posted in ACE, AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, Foreign Language, Saylor Academy

Single Exam Options

College classes usually require a lot of homework. Some college classes require a little bit of homework, but for some students, earning college credit by exam means skipping homework in college! If your teen is the type of learner who can read a book and pass a test, is a strong independent learner, likes to deep dive into a subject, then credit by exam is probably something to consider.  In addition, parents who plan credit by exam options are the teachers and selectors of the curriculum (because it happens in highschool at home) and there is no worry about what the college may or may not teach.

There are many alternative credit sources out there, and many require passing a series of tests or quizzes, but this post will focus on the single-exam option.

A single-exam option:  one test determines whether or not you receive college credit in a subject.  

Now, to be clear, I’m not advocating skipping a high school class.  Rather, I’m telling you that learning in homeschool can prepare your teen well enough to skip a college class.

Let’s look at this example:

Paul has studied German since middle school and is starting 10th grade.  His parents have used a variety of curriculum options, and he’s done fine, but last year he really had a breakthrough after his family went to Germany to visit family.  When they returned home, Paul was very motivated and put is heart into his German class.  He completed the 4th and final level of his Rosetta Stone German course.  Paul can speak, read, and write German pretty well!  Paul took the German CLEP exam and scored a 70.  That is an exceptionally high score and will qualify him for 9 college credit at most of his target colleges.  With such a high score, his homeschool advisor suggested he attempt the ACTFL  exam too.  His score resulted in 14 college credits.  Though the first 9 credits of his ACTFL exam will duplicate the CLEP exam credits he has (you can’t count them twice), the additional new 5 credits will give him upper-level credit at his top choice university.  At $900 per credit, Paul saved at least $12,000  by taking a single exam and getting 14 credits for his fluency in German.  (If the university tuition price goes up before he graduates high school, his savings will be even more impressive!)

It’s important to point out that not all colleges accept credit by exam, but you’re not going to send your teen to all colleges- you can be strategic in the schools you choose and consider whether or not it is worth your family’s time and money to use credit by exam.

To inject a personal note, when I first read about credit by exam, I was very skeptical.  In addition to thinking it was possibly untrue, I wasn’t sure that I was smart enough to test out of a college course.   Since I was working at a college at the time, I went down the hall and asked about CLEP.  Despite working there for 10 years, I had no idea that we accepted CLEP, we were an official testing center, and that we allowed our students to complete 75% of their degree through CLEP!!!  So, yeah, it’s a real option.

Using my employer’s testing center, I proceeded to test out of class after class. I found a college with better CLEP policy than my employer and tested out of an ENTIRE AA degree.  This was a test, I didn’t even need the degree.  But, that event changed my children’s lives forever, and it led me to start this community.  So, I share that story because it’s TRUE.  (And my IQ is unimpressively average)


List of single-exam options

CLEP College Level Exam Program:  33 different exams.  All credit is considered lower level (100/200) and all exams (except College Composition) are multiple choice pass/fail.  Cost:  about $100 each.  Accepted by about 2,900 colleges. Taken at a testing center.

DSST (formerly known as DANTES):  36 different exams.  Exams are lower and upper-level (100/200/300/400) and all exams are multiple choice pass/fail.  Cost:  about $100 each.  Accepted by about 1,400 colleges.  Taken at a testing center.

Saylor Academy:  31 different exams.  Exams are lower level (100/200) and all are multiple choice and require 70% to pass.  Cost:  $25 each.  Accepted by about 200 colleges.  Taken at home via webcam proctor.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages:  Exams in over 100 languages.  Exams are lower and upper level (100/200/300/400) and credit is awarded based on the strength of your score.  Cost and requirements vary.  Accepted by at least 200 colleges for college credit.  (This exam is also accepted for government employment and teacher certification)

Advanced Placement:  38 different exams.  Exams are lower and upper-level (100/200/300/400) and all exams are a combination of multiple-choice and essay.  Exams are scored 1-5, and colleges generally award credit for a score of 3 or above.  Cost:  about $100 each.  Accepted by about 3,200 colleges.  Taken at a designated AP high school.

New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Exam:  Exams in over 50 languages.  Exams are lower and upper level(100/200/300/400) and credit is awarded based on the strength of your score – up to 16 credits.  Cost ranges from $150 – $450.  Accepted by at least 200 colleges for college credit. (This exam is also accepted for government employment and teacher certification).  Taken at a testing center.

UExcel (Formerly known as Excelsior) Exams:  61 different exams.  Exams are lower and upper-level (100/200/300/400) and all exams are mainly multiple-choice.  Credit is awarded as a letter grade (A, B, C, or F).  Cost is about $100.  Taken at a testing center.

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Posted in ACE, ALEKS, Breaking News

BREAKING NEWS: ALEKS is dead

ALEKS, an ACE-evaluated online math course that many of our families have used as homeschool curriculum and college credit may be dead effective this week.

ALEKS posted this statement on their website:

It is uncertain whether ALEKS will be recertified for the ACE credit program. Unfortunately, after August 31, 2017, users will not be able to request ACE Credit approval for work done in ALEKS. We are working to resolve the recertification issues.  We cannot guarantee success in these efforts. If and when we are successful, requests for approval will again be accepted, including work done during the interval of suspended certification. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Anyone who completed an ALEKS assessment with 70% or better BEFORE August 31, 2017 can still submit their score to ACE for college credit.  If you are in progress, you can continue to use the program for high school credit, but college credit is currently off the table unless ALEKS gains new approval.

For years, I’ve followed ALEKS through renewals and extensions, all while they’ve continued to use the same platform and course structure.  Read ALEKS has problems…to understand some of the issues I thought might be the cause of constant uncertainty. Earlier this year, we saw the first expiration happen, and then a renewal.  ALEKS Has EXPIRED *again* – what now? And then an expiration, and then a renewal.  Our suspicions about change were confirmed when they did a revamp of their platform, a change suspected to improve user experience, but also partly to please ACE.

I’m confident that their lack of proctoring is a problem.  In private conversations with an ACE Evaluator (off the record) my suspicions were confirmed, and frankly, I expected the 8/31/2017 renewal to happen with the added proctoring.  It appears, however, as if ALEKS may not even be trying to add this safeguard to their program.

For now, ALEKS is dead.  As always, I’ll keep you posted.

 

Posted in ACE, Free Tuition, Self-Paced Learning, Sophia, Transfer Credit

Sources of Free College Credits

This fantastic list was put together by a couple members of the InstantCert forum community.  I encourage you to visit the forum if you’re considering distance learning boy1colleges for your teen- it’s the single best resource on the web.

As a homeschooler of high school students, here’s what you should know before you read on:

ALL (but one) of these freebies awards ACE credit.  As such, their transfer is very limited.  If your teen is several years away from high school graduation and selecting a target college, you may want to use these just for fun, and if he gets credit later- that’s a bonus.  You can bundle these together into high school electives too.  But, if you’re getting close to enrollment or you’ve already selected a target college, you’ll want to confirm that they accept ACE credit before investing too much time in these.

See my previous posts on colleges that accept ACE courses for college credit and setting up your teen’s ACE account.


The Institutes (2 college credits)

The American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (commonly referred to as “The Institutes”) offer a free ethics course that is ACE recommended for 2 credits.

  • 312N-H Ethics and the CPCU Code of Professional Conduct (2 credits) – an upper-level ethics/philosophy course that meets TESU‘s General Education “ethics” requirement. (it meets 2 of the 3 credit requirement – you might have to ask for an exception to be made for the last credit, but typically this is automatically granted. The 3rd credit can be made up as a general ed elective).

To signup, use the following link: http://www.theinstitutes.org/comet/learning_modules/cpcu_ethics.htm

Select the FREE option. You should not do the $5 option. The paid option is for “Continuing Education credit,” which is different than college credit. The free version is ACE approved for college credit.


National Fire Academy (1 college credit)

The National Emergency Training Center/National Fire Academy (NFA) offers two one free course that is ACE-recommended for 1 credit.

  • Q0118 Self-Study Course for Community Safety Educators  (1 credit) expired
  • Q0318 Fire Service Supervision: Self Study (1 credit)

To signup, use the following link and find these two course codes in the list: Q0118, Q0318: http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/nfacourses/catalog/search?&&forget=true&courseCode=Q

After you are enrolled, use this login URL to take the classes: https://nfa.plateau.com/learning/user/login.jsp


Sophia – Developing Effective Teams (1 credit)

Sophia offers a number of paid ACE-approved courses that are fairly expensive. team2However, they do offer a free 1 credit course:

  • SOPH-0021 – Developing Effective Teams (1 credit)

You can sign up for the course at https://www.sophia.org/online-courses/developing-effective-teams


TEEX Cybersecurity (6 college credits)

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers three ACE-approved courses recommended for 2 credits each. These are DHS/FEMA funded and therefore free for the general public to take.

  • Cyber 101 – Cybersecurity for Everyone (2 credits)
  • Cyber 201 – Cybersecurity for IT Professionals (2 credits)
  • Cyber 301 – Cybersecurity for Business Professionals (2 credits)

To signup, use the following link and make sure you sign up for all classes under these three headings, there are multiple courses per heading: Cyber 101, 201, 301: https://teex.org/Pages/Program.aspx?catID=607

After you are enrolled, use this login URL to take the classes: https://my.teex.org


 

FEMA Independent Study (over 40 college credits)

  • NOTE: FEMA is NOT ACE evaluated for credit.  As such, FEMA IS courses are only acceptable as transfer credit at Charter Oak State College and two other small 2-year colleges.  IF you’re planning to attend COSC, you can fill the ENTIRE lower level elective requirement for an Associate’s of Science (30 cr) an Associate’s of Arts (15 cr) or bachelor’s degrees (30+) using only FEMA.  Cost:  $0 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency operates an online Independent Study program offering approximately 197 courses online for free. Only certain ones are acceptable as transfer credit at Charter Oak State College.

The current list of  FEMA courses worth college credit can be found here.

 

Posted in ACE, ALEKS, Alternative Credit Project, Foreign Language, Sophia, Straighterline, Study.com

Creating an ACE Account for your Homeschooled Teen

You’ll need to create an ACE account anytime your teen takes a course NOT taught by a college, but is “for college credit.”  This includes curriculum or exams you purchase for your homeschool, as well as on the job training or certificates that may result in college credit.

Even when the company tells you they can forward your credit directly to the college of your choice, that doesn’t create a permanent record. You are wise to put the credit on an ACE transcript where it will be held for 20 years and can be sent to any college at any time now or later.


Taking courses from these providers?

Set up an ACE account!

  • Straighterline
  • Saylor Academy
  • ALEKS
  • Sophia Learning
  • Study.com
  • TEEX
  • Shmoop
  • ACTFL
  • Alternative Credit Project
  • Ed4Credit
  • Lumerit / College Plus
  • Excelsior College Exams (Uexcel / ECE)
  • Penn Foster College
  • PADI (scuba)
  • Pearson Learning
  • Statistics.com
  • Verity
  • Year Up

Link to set up your teen’s ACE account  ACE-Net


I thought I was the only one that couldn’t figure out how to set up an ACE account, but slowly parents kept asking about how to do it, and I realized, it’s just a tricky website!! If you get stuck, you may want to watch my click by click tutorial.

Posted in ACE, Alternative Credit Project, edX, Saylor Academy, Straighterline, Study.com, Transfer Credit

The “REAL” ACE College List

Non-college-issued credit comes from many places:  Straighterline, ALEKS, Sophia, EdX, Saylor, Study.com, Lumerit/College Plus, Advanced Placement, CLEP, military training, licenses, certifications, and many, many others.  They are “worth” college credit because their curriculum or exam has been evaluated by a third party called ACE (American Council on Education) and has been determined to be worth a certain number of credits. As an example, ACE determined completion of Military Bootcamp is worth 6 college credits! Though other third party credit evaluators exist, ACE is the largest and oldest- frankly, they are the primary trusted evaluator in the United States.

Some colleges will accept “all ACE credit” – that is to say, if your credit appears on an ACE transcript, they will give you college credit.  The number of colleges in this category is very small.  My estimation is that it is fewer than 50.

Some colleges will accept “ACE credit” but don’t go so far as to say “all” and will consider, but not guarantee, acceptance. My estimation is fewer than 250 fall into this category.

2,000 colleges are part of the “ACE Network” which ACE publishes the list of colleges who will “consider” your work for college credit.  In no way, shape, or form, do 2,000 colleges award credit for ACE.  Being in the network does not mean they award credit.


What does it mean to be part of the ACE Network?

As I found out with my oldest son in 2013, it does NOT mean that the college will consider ACE credit for you- it might mean that they teach it!  Our local community college is on the list, so imagine my surprise when they denied 27 of my son’s ACE credits in transfer (ALEKS math and Straighterline).  I decided to probe deeper (they were on the list, after all!) and found that our local community college offered a carpentry course through the continuing education (non-credit) department, and successful completion of that course led to 3 ACE credits in carpentry.  In other words, our community college was on the list because they taught a course that generated ACE credit, not because they awarded credit for ACE work.  Yes, I appealed.  No, he didn’t receive credit. Ouch.

RULE 1:  Don’t assume colleges on the ACE Network list will award your teen college credit for their ACE courses.

As I appealed my son’s credit decision, I grew frustrated by advisor after advisor who didn’t know what ACE was, or what kind of credit he’d earned.  I shouldn’t have been too frustrated because I remember myself having advised students at the community college for about 10 years before I knew what CLEP was….or that we were a testing center.  Eventually, when I found someone (the Registrar) who knew what ACE credit was, she was able to explain to me why our community college was on the list and told me all about the carpentry course.   Scenarios have played out like this have played out dozens of times among our membership.  I frequently hear of parents being bounced around to 4-5 people just trying to find out if the college accepts Straighterline credit!

If you’re constantly told that they don’t know what ACE credit is, or if they accept it, or want you to “submit your transcripts first” before giving you information, you can ask if they award credit for military training.  Military training usually appears on an ACE transcript, so even though your teen won’t have military training for evaluation, this could be a “clue” that ACE credit may be awarded.  Again, we’re trying to predict based on an incomplete picture, but how colleges behave in one situation is usually a good indication of how they’ll do other things – so it’s worth asking if you’re out of options.

RULE 2:  Don’t assume that college personnel are familiar with ACE credit. ACE credit is probably the least frequent type of credit they encounter.  You’ll have to be patient and persistent.

As someone constantly tracking this type of information, I am so frustrated when I can’t share a “list” with our membership.  Asking for a list is a frequent question, and frankly, there isn’t one.  So, instead, I’ll share what I know- and you can work from there.  I have found, that several ACE credit sources have credit transfer partnerships with specific colleges.  For example, Saylor Academy has partnership agreements with 20 colleges.  Those 20 colleges have agreed (in writing) to accept Saylor’s courses for college credit.  That list is a great list to use as a starting point- which is to say that if those 20 colleges accept Saylor courses, they probably will accept other ACE evaluated course provider’s courses! The Alternative Credit Project partnered with 40 schools, and Straighterline another 100+.

RULE 3:  When one ACE credit source has a partnership agreement with a college, it is reasonable to infer that the same college will also accept other ACE credit sources.  

If you visit each ACE provider’s website, you can find their partnership agreements. Here is a small sample of ACE providers:

Study.com partnership colleges

edX partnership colleges (includes graduate level partnerships)

Saylor Academy partnership colleges

Straighterline partnership colleges

Alternative Credit Project partnerships

As you browse the lists, you’ll see that there is some overlap of schools, but there are many listings that appear only one one list.  It is my observation, that if a college appears on any list above, you’ll have an excellent shot at getting them to accept your other sources of ACE credit- at the very least, you should try.

So, the following list is the list I created by merging all known partner college relationships with ACE credit providers I could find.  In other words- this list, not the ACE Network list, is probably as close to any “real ACE list” as you’ll ever find, and it contains about 145 colleges (not 2,000).   

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COLLEGE NAME COLLEGE ADDRESS COLLEGE WEBSITE
Alderson Broaddus University 101 College Hill Drive, Philippi WV 26416 http://ab.edu
American Business and Technology University 1018 West St. Maartens Drive, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 http://abtu.edu/online/
American College of Education 101 West Ohio St., Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 http://www.ace.edu/
American Intercontinental University 231 N. Martingale Road, 6th Floor, Schaumburg, IL 60173 http://www.aiuniv.edu/
American Military University 111 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414 http://www.amu.apus.edu/
American Public University 111 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414 http://www.apus.edu/
American Sentinel University 2260 South Xanadu Way, Suite 310, Aurora, CO 80014 http://www.americansentinel.edu/
Antioch University Midwest 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 https://www.antioch.edu/midwest/
Antioch University Online https://www.antioch.edu/auonline/
Antioch University Santa Barbara 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 https://www.antioch.edu/santa-barbara/
Antioch University Seattle 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121 https://www.antioch.edu/seattle/
Arapahoe Community College 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120-1801 https://www.arapahoe.edu/
Argosy University 601 South Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868 https://www.argosy.edu/
Ashford University 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123 https://www.ashford.edu/
Baker College https://www.baker.edu/
Bastyr University 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028 bastyr.edu/
Bay State College 122 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 http://www.baystate.edu/
Bellevue University 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005 http://www.bellevue.edu/
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 41 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 http://www.bfit.edu/
Berkeley College Box 440, Little Falls, NJ 07424 http://berkeleycollege.edu/
Bethel College of Indiana 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545 http://www.bethelcollege.edu/
Bethel University 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112 https://www.bethel.edu/
Brandman University  16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618 https://www.brandman.edu/
California Southern University 3330 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, California 92626 https://www.calsouthern.edu/
Capella University 225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402 https://www.capella.edu/
Capitol Technology University 11301 Springfield Road, Laurel, MD 20708 http://www.captechu.edu/
Cecil College One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901 http://www.cecil.edu
Cedar Valley College 3030 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster, TX 75134 https://www.cedarvalleycollege.edu/
Central Michigan University  1200 S. Franklin St., Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859 www.cmich.edu
Central Penn College 600 Valley Rd., P.O. Box 309, Summerdale, PA 17093-0309 http://www.centralpenn.edu/
Charter Oak State College 55 Paul Manafort Dr, New Britain, CT 06053 https://www.charteroak.edu/
City University of Seattle 521 Wall Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121 http://www.cityu.edu/
City Vision University 3101 Troost Ave. Suite 200, Kansas City MO 64109-1845 http://www.cityvision.edu/
College of St. Josephs (VT) 71 Clement Road, Rutland, VT 05701 https://www.csj.edu/
Colorado Northwestern Community College https://www.cncc.edu/
Colorado State University Global Campus 7800 East Orchard Road, Suite 200 , Greenwood Village, CO 80111 https://csuglobal.edu/
Colorado Technical University 231 N. Martingale Road, 7th Floor, Schaumburg, IL 60173 http://www.coloradotech.edu/
Community College of Aurora 16000 East CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036 https://www.ccaurora.edu/
Community College of Denver 1111 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 https://www.ccd.edu/
Concordia University Irvine 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612 http://www.cui.edu/en-us
Concordia University St. Paul 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104 https://www.csp.edu/
CUNY City University of New York 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031 https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan https://www.davenport.edu/
DeVry University 1200 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563 https://www.devry.edu/
Excelsior University 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-5159 http://www.excelsior.edu/
Fayetteville State University 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301 http://www.uncfsu.edu/
Fisher College 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116 http://www.fisher.edu/
Franklin Pierce University 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH 03461-0060 http://www.franklinpierce.edu/
Franklin University 201 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 http://www.franklin.edu/
Front Range Community College 2190 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 https://www.frontrange.edu/
Goodwin College One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118 http://www.goodwin.edu/
Goodwin College
Grace College 200 Seminary Drive Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 http://www.grace.edu/
Grambling State University 403 Main Street, Grambling, Louisiana 71245 http://www.gram.edu/
Granite State University 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH 03301 https://www.granite.edu/
Great Bay Community College 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth NH 03801 http://greatbay.edu/
Harrisburg University of Science and Tech.  326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101 http://harrisburgu.edu/
Herzing University W140N8917 Lilly Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 https://www.herzing.edu/
Indiana Tech  1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803 https://www.indianatech.edu/
Indiana Wesleyan University 4201 S. Washington St.,Marion, IN 46953 https://www.indwes.edu/
Jefferson Community and Technical College 109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 https://jefferson.kctcs.edu/
John F. Kennedy University 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817 https://www.jfku.edu/
Kaplan University http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kendall College 900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642 https://www.kendall.edu/
Lakeland University W3718 South Drive, Plymouth, WI 53073-4878 https://lakeland.edu/
Lamar Community College 2401 South Main Street, Lamar, Colorado 81052 https://lamarcc.edu/
Liberty University 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Va. 24515 http://www.liberty.edu/
Life Pacific College 1100 West Covina Boulevard, San Dimas, California 91773 http://lifepacific.edu/
Lipscomb University One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951 http://www.lipscomb.edu/
Lynn University 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431 https://www.lynn.edu/
Martinsburg College 341 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, WV 25404 http://martinsburgcollege.edu/
McNeese State University 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA http://www.mcneese.edu/
Mercy College 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 https://www.mercy.edu/
Monroe College 2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468 https://www.monroecollege.edu/
Monroe Community College 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York 14623 http://www.monroecc.edu/
Morgan Community College 920 Barlow Rd., Fort Morgan, CO 80701 http://www.morgancc.edu/
Mount Vernon Nazarene University 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050 http://mvnu.edu/
National Louis University 122 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60603 https://www.nl.edu/
New England College 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242 http://www.nec.edu/
New England College
New England College of Business 10 High St., Ste. 204, Boston, MA 02110-1605 https://www.necb.edu/
New York Chiropractic College 2360 State Rte. 89 Seneca Falls, New York 13148 http://www.nycc.edu/
Nichols College 129 Center Road, Dudley MA 01571 http://www.nichols.edu/
Northcentral University 2488 Historic Decatur Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92106 https://www.ncu.edu/
Northeastern Junior College 100 College Avenue, Sterling, Colorado 80751 http://www.njc.edu/
Northwestern Health Sciences University 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 https://www.nwhealth.edu/
Northwestern State University 175 Sam Sibley Dr, Natchitoches, LA 71497 https://www.nsula.edu/
Norwich University 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663 http://www.norwich.edu/
Notre Dame College 4545 College Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293 http://www.notredamecollege.edu/
Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2345 http://www.olivet.edu/
Otero Junior College 1802 Colorado Ave. , La Junta, CO 81050 http://www.ojc.edu/
Pacific Oaks College 55 W Eureka St. Pasadena, CA 91103 https://www.pacificoaks.edu/
Patten University 2100 Franklin Street, Suite 350, Oakland, CA  94612 http://patten.edu/
Paul Smith’s College 7833 New York 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970 http://www.paulsmiths.edu/
Pikes Peak Community College 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 https://www.ppcc.edu/
Pillar College 60 Park Place, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102 http://www.pillar.edu/
Pine Manor College 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 http://www.pmc.edu/
Rasmussen College 1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 400, Oak Brook, IL 60523 https://www.rasmussen.edu/
Red Rocks Community College 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228 http://www.rrcc.edu/
Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80221-1099 http://www.regis.edu/
Rio Salado College 2323 West 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 http://www.riosalado.edu
Saint Joseph’s College PO Box 870, Rensselaer, IN 47978 http://www.saintjoe.edu/
Seward County Community College 1801 N Kansas, PO Box 1137, Liberal, Kansas, 67905 http://www.sccc.edu
Simpson University 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003 http://simpsonu.edu/
Sinclair College 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 http://www.sinclair.edu/
St. Catherine University 2004 Randolph Avenue , St. Paul, MN 55105 https://www.stkate.edu/
Strayer University http://www.strayer.edu/
Sullivan University 3101 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 https://sullivan.edu/
SUNY Empire State College Two Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 https://www.esc.edu/
Tennessee State University 3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209 http://www.tnstate.edu/
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 325 N Wells, Chicago, IL 60654-1822 https://www.thechicagoschool.edu/
Thomas Edison State University 111 W. STATE ST. TRENTON, NJ 08608 http://www.tesu.edu/
Tiffin University 155 Miami St, Tiffin, OH 44883 http://www.tiffin.edu/
Touro University Worldwide 10601 Calle Lee, Suite 179, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 http://www.tuw.edu/
Trident University International 5757 Plaza Drive, Suite 100, Cypress, CA 90630 https://www.trident.edu
Trinidad State Junior College 600 Prospect Street, Trinidad, CO 81082 http://www.trinidadstate.edu/
Truckee Meadows Community College 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512 http://www.tmcc.edu/
Union College 807 UNION STREET SCHENECTADY, NY 12308 https://www.union.edu/
Union Institute & University 440 East McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 https://myunion.edu/
United States Sports Academy One Academy Drive, Daphne, Alabama 36526 https://ussa.edu/
University of Baltimore 1420 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 http://www.ubalt.edu
University of Bridgeport 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 http://www.bridgeport.edu/
University of Louisiana at Monroe 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209 http://ulm.edu/
The universitytreet, Presque Isle, ME 04769 http://www.umpi.edu/
University of Maryland University College 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783 http://www.umuc.edu/
University of Memphis Memphis, TN 38152 http://www.memphis.edu/
University of Phoenix 1625 W. Fountainhead Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85282-2371 http://www.phoenix.edu/
University of the Incarnate Word 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 http://www.uiw.edu/
University of the Potomac 2070 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite G100, Vienna, Virginia 22182 https://potomac.edu
University of Western States  2900 NE 132nd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97230 https://www.uws.edu/
Upper Iowa University 605 Washington Street | P.O. Box 1857, Fayette, Iowa 52142 http://www.uiu.edu/
Urban College of Boston 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 http://www.urbancollege.edu/
Utica College 1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502 http://www.utica.edu/
Walden University 100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 https://www.waldenu.edu/
Western Governors University 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 https://www.wgu.edu/
Western Governors University-Indiana 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 http://indiana.wgu.edu/
Western Governors University-Missouri 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 http://missouri.wgu.edu/
Western Governors University-Nevada 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 http://nevada.wgu.edu/
Western Governors University-Tennessee 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 http://tennessee.wgu.edu/
Western Governors University-Texas 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 http://texas.wgu.edu/
Western Governors University-Washington 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107 http://washington.wgu.edu/
Wilmington University 320 N. DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720 http://www.wilmu.edu/
Wisconsin Lutheran College 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226 http://www.wlc.edu/


*note- it may not seem like it, but this project took quite a bit of work – most providers used only college logos- not text (how crafty of them) so I had to hand write the list here for you.   Remember, there is no incentive for businesses to “share” or “merge” lists because it is in their best interest for you to use their products and NOT those of their competitor!  

UPDATE:  My deepest gratitude to Amy B. for generously and painstakingly looking up all of these college’s addresses and websites!! I know how long projects like this take, and I am so thankful!!!!

 

Posted in ACE, DSST

DSST Expiration / Revision Dates

ACE is the third-party review organization that colleges use to decide if a class or exam is “worth” college credit or not. In other words, DSST exams are worth college credit because they have undergone review by ACE.

When ACE reviews an exam, they always assign a date range for that review. At the ending date, the exam must be reviewed again or removed. If it is reviewed and renewed, a new date range is issued. In general, DSST likes to keep test takers informed, and often posts on their website when an exam is undergoing revision (they sometimes call it being “refreshed”) and a target date for the change.  As such, it’s a little bit easier to track DSST exam revisions than CLEP!

All date ranges and the history of date ranges are available by searching the ACE Database.

These dates are no guarantee that there will be an exam revision or removal, but the expiration dates are established by ACE,  as such, you should plan your high school accordingly, and proceed as if an exam will be revised or removed on its expiration date to be on the safe side.

A handful of exams were revised 4/1/2016 despite their deadline not being up, so be aware that even with the best planning, you should remain flexible.


NOTE:  upon expiration (12/31/2014) the following exams were DISCONTINUED.  If you’ve already taken one of these, no worries- your score is still valid.  However, DSST testing centers will no longer offer these exams:

  • Business Law II
  • Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • Physical Geology
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Western Europe Since 1945.

Currently, 36 DSST exams are evaluated for college credit.

A History of the Vietnam War   11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017  (Deadline approaching)

Art of the Western World   11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Astronomy  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Business Ethics and Society  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Business Mathematics   6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Computing and Information Technology   1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Criminal Justice  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Environmental Science  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Ethics in America  1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Foundations of Education  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Fundamentals of College Algebra  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Fundamentals of Counseling   6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

General Anthropology 7/19/2016 – 12/31/2018

Health and Human Development (formerly Here’s to Your Health)  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

History of the Soviet Union  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Human Resource Management  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Human Cultural Geography  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Introduction to Business 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Introduction to Law Enforcement 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Introduction to World Religions  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Lifespan Developmental Psychology  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Management Information Systems 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Math for Liberal Arts  11/1/2016 – 10/31/2019

Money and Banking  1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Organizational Behavior  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Personal Finance 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Principles of Advanced English Composition  11/1/2016 – 10/31/2019

Principles of Finance  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Principles of Physical Science I  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Principles of Public Speaking   11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Principles of Statistics 6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Principles of Supervision  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Substance Abuse 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Technical Writing  6/1/2017 – 2/29/2020

Civil War and Reconstruction 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017 (Deadline approaching)

Posted in ACE, AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, Curriculum, Distance Learning, Self-Paced Learning, Sophia, Straighterline

Fine Arts

Fine Arts for College Credit

Most general Associate of Arts and Associate of Science (2 year) degrees have at least 1 “Fine Arts” requirement (3 college credits), and you can usually fill that in high school.

Exception:  if your teen is headed into a fine arts college, a music conservatory, or other highly specialized area of fine arts education, you’ll want to check with target colleges before accumulating a lot of college credit in high school.  Specialized art/music colleges sometimes have a policy against accepting transfer credit of any kind, but may allow your teen use Advanced Placement exam scores to boost their admissions application. 

The list of acceptable “Fine Arts” courses will differ slightly by institution, but the following courses will do the trick most of the time.  colors3

  1. Literature
  2. Music Theory
  3. Music Performance
  4. Art History
  5. Studio Art
  6. Humanities

Ways to Fill a College Fine Arts Requirement in High School

Dual Enrollment (contact your local Community College for information)

  • Dual enrollment has the highest probability of transfer assuming the target college accepts transfer credit.  Dual enrollment credit earned in high school is not considered “transfer credit” by most schools, but does carry a grade as part of the student’s permanent record.

Credit by Exam (CLEP, AP, DSST, Saylor, ECE/Uexcel)

  • Credit by Exam (CBE) acceptance varies dramatically.  CBE credit earned in high school is not considered “transfer credit” and generally does not carry a grade (pass/fail only).

Non-College ACE Credit (Straighterline, Sophia, Shmoop, Study, ed4credit, Propero)

  • ACE Credit is generally not accepted except when a partnership exists.  Some companies, like Straighterline, have credit-transfer-guarantee partnerships with more than 100 colleges.  ACE credit earned in high school is not considered “transfer credit” and generally does not carry a grade (pass/fail only).

Credit by Exam

(last update:  04/07/2017)

EXAM NAME EXAMS OFFERED COST LINK
Advanced Placement (AP) Art History (6 cr.)

Studio Art (6 cr.)

$93 Official AP Page
DSST Art of the Western World (3 cr.) $80 + local proctor fee (~$20) Official DSST Page
CLEP American Literature (3 cr.)

English Literature (3 cr.)

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature (3 cr.)

Humanities (6 cr.)

$80 + local proctor fee (~$20) Official CLEP Page
Excelsior College Exam (ECE / Uexcel) Introduction to Music (3 cr.) $110 + $60 local proctor fee Official Uexcel Page
Saylor NONE $0 + $25 webcam proctor fee Official Saylor Page

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Non-College ACE Credit Courses

(last update:  04/07/2017)

COMPANY NAME COURSES OFFERED COST LINK
Shmoop American Literature (3 cr.)

The Bible as Literature (3 cr.)

British Literature (3 cr.)

Contemporary Literature (3 cr.)

Drugs in Literature (3 cr.)

Holocaust Literature (3 cr.)

Introduction to Poetry (3 cr.)

Literature in the Media (3 cr.)

Modernist Literature (3 cr.)

Shakespeare’s Plays (3 cr.)

Western Literature (3 cr.)

Women’s Literature (3 cr.)

$87.68/mo. subscribe

Unlimited courses

Shmoop
Study.com Introduction to Humanities (3 cr.) $199/mo. subscribe. Limit 2 courses per month Study.com
Propero (Pearson) Literature (3 cr.) $330 per class Propero
Sophia Visual Communications (3 cr.)

Introduction to Art History (3 cr.)

$329 per class Sophia
Straighterline NONE $99/mo. subscribe + $59 per class Straighterline
Ed4Credit Literature (3 cr.)

Film Appreciation (3 cr.)

$195 per class Ed4Credit
Davar Academy (NCCRS approved, not ACE approved) NONE $70 per class + $25 web proctoring  Davar

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