Posted in Breaking News, Straighterline

4 Straighterline Courses set to expire

Every credit source (CLEP, AP, DSST, Straighterline, Study, Sophia, etc.) all receive approval for their class/exam that is valid for a specific time range (about 3 years).  When the end of that time range gets close, the company will either have to apply for renewal or the course/exam will “expire.”  You may remember the drama of ALEKS math expiring and extending multiple times over the past year.

It is expected that Straighterline will renew these 4 courses, but just be aware that they are 45 days away from their expiration – that means if your teen is in progress, they’ll want to finish up now!   If these renew (as expected) just go on with your course progress like normal.  If they do NOT renew, I’ll post an update as soon as I have one.

Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ101)

Select the date range in which the course/exam was completed:
10/1/2014 – 11/30/2017
9/1/2011 – 9/30/2014

Credit Type: Course
ACE Course Number: 0004
Organization: StraighterLine
Length: 14 weeks (75 hours)
Dates Offered: 10/1/2014 – 11/30/201

 

Personal Finance (FIN101)

Select the date range in which the course/exam was completed:
10/1/2014 – 11/30/2017
9/1/2011 – 9/30/2014

Credit Type: Course
ACE Course Number: 0036
Organization: StraighterLine
Length: 14 weeks (75 hours)
Dates Offered: 10/1/2014 – 11/30/2017

 

Pharmacology I (PHARM101)

Select the date range in which the course/exam was completed:
10/1/2014 – 11/30/2017
9/1/2011 – 9/30/2014

Credit Type: Course
ACE Course Number: 0021
Organization: StraighterLine
Length: 14 weeks (75 hours)
Dates Offered: 10/1/2014 – 11/30/2017

 

Pharmacology II (PHARM102)
Credit Type: Course
ACE Course Number: 0100
Organization: StraighterLine
Location: StraighterLine
Length: Self-paced, 14 weeks (75 hours)
Dates Offered: 10/1/2014 – 11/30/2017
Posted in Community college, Credit by Exam, Distance Learning, Straighterline

BOG AAS Pierpont Community and Technical College

This is the follow-up post you’ve been waiting for!  Last week I told you about the West Virginia Community College System’s little secret:  CHEAP and FAST associate degrees for adults with at least 12 previously earned college credits from a Regionally Accredited college (I mistakenly said 15 in my original post, you only need 12!). The cost?  Nothing….. but wait.  Let’s talk.

First, know that this is a totally legitimate Regionally Accredited Associate’s degree through a community college in West Virginia.  Pierpont Community and Technical College is not the only college in the country that offers a Board of Governor’s Associate of Applied Science degree – many do. In fact, your local community college may.  A Board of Governor’s degree is simply a traditional college’s way of going around a college’s traditional requirements to encourage adult learners to return to school, or to allow those with non-traditional credit to complete a degree.

Since I’m organizing a degree plan through Pierpont for a friend, my research is specific to Pierpont.   We had a lot of interest on the Facebook group about this degree, so I’m thrilled to bring this to you!

I am told that all of the West Virginia Community Colleges offer BOG – AAS degrees, however, not all are as easy to complete as this one, which is why I selected Pierpont.  There are many adults pursuing this specific degree over on InstantCert, so you can also visit that forum and read some first-hand experiences. 


Is Pierpont’s BOG – AAS a good fit for you?

  1. Did you graduate high school /earn a GED at least 2 years ago?
  2. Do you have at least 12 graded college credits earned through a Regionally Accredited college?  They can be online or in-seat, but if you don’t have them, you’ll have to complete them somewhere.  You can do it anywhere or Pierpont.

As you can see, this is a program focused on attracting the adult learner who may have left college or the military and wants to finish their degree.  So, what’s the catch?

Not a “catch” but a limitation.  This is an Associate’s of Applied Science degree- which means it’s not meant to transfer perfectly into a 4-year program, however, if you attend a West Virginia-based public 4-year college or university, they have an articulation agreement that allows a perfect block transfer.  In other words, if your goal is to earn a 4-year degree, you’re going to want to look at West Virginia public colleges.  If you intend on attending in a different state or a private college, a transfer may be limited or significantly restricted and not result in a 60 credit transfer.   This degree is best suited to someone who is satisfied with only an Associate’s degree, or who wouldn’t object to attending a WV public university.  (Yes, online is an option too).


Cost

The cost to complete this degree through Pierpont is $0.  Meaning, they don’t charge you anything to apply, anything to transfer, or anything to graduate.  You can literally transfer in 100% of your credits and be awarded a degree.

If you don’t have all of the credits you need, you’ll have to pay for them yourself, but the good news is that you can control those costs and cash flow the whole thing for very little out of pocket cost.  Since they accept all military, CLEP, DSST, AP, and ACE credit, you can choose the way you earn those credits.  As an example, you can use Straighterline (a program my 10th grader used last school year to earn 39 credits for $1200)  For someone that only needs 3 or 4 courses, you could simply take CLEP exams ($100 each).

Since there is no way for me to know what credit you already have or where they will fall on the degree template, it’s hard to estimate costs that apply to all of you, but, you can use this generic tool to help give you an idea.  (YOUR COSTS may differ)

60 credits REQUIRED for this degree

Subtract the number of credits you already have from all sources including CLEP, ACE, etc.  Be sure you already have at least 12 college credits from a Regionally Accredited college!

Subtract 11 10 (the number of free credits you’ll earn from the options below)

= the number of credits to pay for.  

If you use the resources in this post, you can earn the rest of your college credits for about $33 per credit, so multiply the number left to earn x $33 to get a rough idea.

If you have 12 left to earn = $396

If you have 24 left to earn = $792

If you have 36 left to earn = $1188

The cost examples you see are the “all in” costs from application to graduation.  You can see why this is so exciting!!  The average Associate’s Degree in the United States can cost between $10,000 and $30,000.

If you do not already have 12 college credits from a Regionally Accredited College, your costs will be more.  If you live outside of West Virginia and want to take classes at Pierpont, their tuition is $432 per credit, which is the LEAST cost effective way to complete this degree.  Look at your local community college first, where you may be able to complete your courses for closer to $100 per credit.


Program Information Page Pierpont Board of Governors AAS Degree


Credit Distribution

A credit distribution explains where your credits have to fall in order to meet a degree’s requirements.  In other words, the degree requires 60 credits, but you don’t meet that requirement by simply having 60 credits.  You have to distribute credit into the right slots.  it doesn’t matter where your existing 12 credits fit into this distribution, only that you have them in there somewhere.   NOTE: You have to have English 101 credit, either by course or exam.  Everything else is undesignated.  In other words, you can choose ANY course from a category.

NOTE 1: It doesn’t matter where your pre-existing 12+ credits fit into this distribution, only that you have them in there somewhere.

NOTE 2: You have to have English 101 credit, either by course or exam.  Everything else is undesignated.  In other words, you can choose ANY course from a category.

6 Credits Communication English 101 (or similar)

AND

Any 3 cr. English or Communication

6 Credits Math or Science Any 3 cr. Math or Science

AND

Any 3 cr. Math or Science

6 Credits Social Sciences Any 3 cr. Social Science

AND

Any 3 cr. Social Science

3 Credits Computer Literacy Any 3 cr. Computer Literacy
39 College Credits Any subject*

COOL THING TO NOTE:  If you have 15 or more credits in one subject, you’ll be awarded an Area of Study on your transcript.  


WARNING:  I need to emphasize that the courses below meet all of the specified requirements set by the college and should transfer seamlessly.

Still, it is a wise investment of your time to reach out to the program advisor and discuss your degree plan in advance of earning tons of credit independently.

Parks, Nancy W.

Director of Assessment, Advising & Testing
Associate Professor of Academic Studies
304-367-4990

Ways to Earn Free ACE Credit

If you have enough space in the “39 credit” category, you can pick up 11 10 college credits totally free through the following ACE sources open to anyone!

This list was generously assembled by the members of InstantCert.    Members there have successfully applied these 11 10 credits to this degree.  NOTE:  You will have to open an ACE account to collect and hold your ACE credit.  ACE is a third party credit evaluator, it’s necessary in order to turn your work into actual college credit.

Don’t be intimidated by this step –  I made a video to walk you through the process.

(2 Credits) The Institutes

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 meet’s TESU‘s General Education “ethics” 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 is to 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.

(2 Credits 1 Credit) National Fire Academy

The National Emergency Training Center/National Fire Academy (NFA) offers two free courses that are ACE-recommended for 1 credit each.

  • Q0118 Self-Study Course for Community Safety Educators  (1 credit) currently not available for college credit, but if it is renewed, I’ll add it back in.
  • Q0318 Fire Service Supervision: Self Study (1 credit)

To signup, use the following link and find the course code in the list, 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

(1 Credit) Sophia – Developing Effective Teams

Sophia offers a number of paid ACE-approved courses that are fairly expensive. However, 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

(6 Credits) TEEX Cybersecurity

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


Ways to Earn Low-Cost ACE Credit

There are a handful of popular ACE credit sources. You may have already heard of a few of them:  Saylor Academy, Study.com, Straighterline, Sophia, Shmoop, Davar/Tor, ed4Credit, EdX, and Pearson.   Honestly, it’s impossible for me to go through each of these and provide a full list of options, but know that there are MANY and if the course is ACE evaluated, it’s accepted.  For the sake of keeping this post concise, I want to emphasize 2 providers:  Saylor Academy and Straighterline.

 Saylor Academy

If you can pass a really tough exam, Saylor Academy is THE cheapest option for Communications, Math, Science, Social Science, and Other.   I don’t know the exact pass rate for each, but I know a lot of good testers who couldn’t pass these exams or barely passed- still, I want to tell you about them because they only cost $25 each (proctored at home via webcam) and for $25, that’s only $8.33 per credit – without leaving your house! So, if your budget is tighter than tight if you’re a good test taker, and you’re up for a challenge, I think you should give one a try.    You can choose courses from this list that have an ACE# next to them.  Note, I don’t suggest their Sociology or Psychology since they are not a full 3 credits each.  But, you can still use them, but you’ll need to make up the difference with another course.

Saylor Coures Matched to the Credit Distribution

COMMUNICATION:

  • COMM001: Principles Of Human Communication

MATH or SCIENCE:  

  • BIO101: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • CHEM101: General Chemistry I
  • MA001: College Algebra
  • MA005: Calculus I
  • MA121: Introduction to Statistics
  • PHYS101: Introduction to Mechanics
  • PHYS102: Introduction to Electromagnetism

SOCIAL SCIENCE:

  • ECON101: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON102: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • POLSC101: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLSC221: Introduction to Comparative Politics

OTHER:

  • ENVS203: Environmental Ethics, Justice & World Views (while this does have a science prefix, it has been ACE evaluated a philosophy course – not science)
  • BUS101: Introduction to Business
  • BUS103: Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • BUS105: Managerial Accounting
  • BUS203: Principles of Marketing
  • BUS206: Management Information Systems
  • BUS205: Business Law and Ethics
  • BUS208: Principles of Management
  • BUS210: Corporate Communication
  • BUS303: Strategic Information Technology
  • CS102: Introduction to Computer Science II
  • CS302: Software Engineering
  • CS402: Computer Communications and Networks
  • PHIL103: Moral and Political Philosophy

 

Straighterline

Straighterline is cost-effective when you work quickly, and the way to work quickly is to skip the lessons.  I would never suggest that to my teens (I make them do every lesson!) but the tests and quizzes are what make up your grades, and all of the test content comes from the free ebook – not the lesson.  Really, it’s your decision.

I wrote a really long post on how to select Straighterline courses.  The strategy I use is a good one, and I highly suggest you read it before signing up.   Also, Straighterline ALWAYS has coupon codes running.  You can find my coupon list here.

To keep things simple, any Straighterline course can be used.  Most of the courses cost $59 before coupon and require a $99/month membership fee.  An adult focused on the tests (skipping the lessons) can complete 1 course per week comfortably.  If you really grind, you can complete 2 per week, but you won’t have a social life.   Since you’re paying a monthly fee, you want to try and complete ALL your Straighterline courses in 1 month (or 2 at the most).

TIP:  when using coupons at Straighterline, purchase your courses in individual transactions.  This allows the “1 coupon per transaction” to reset with each purchase. 

Cost for Straighterline:  $99 (1-month membership) plus course ($59 average with a $50 off coupon = $9 per course)  The minimum cost for 1 course will be $108, but every course AFTER that initial membership fee is whatever you pay for the class! So, if you can use 3 more coupon codes, you can get 3 more courses for $9 each = $27!

TIP:  You can start and stop your Straighterline membership without losing your place in your courses.  My oldest son took a 2-year hiatus and picked up where he left off! 


 

Credit by Exam

Credit by exam allows you to study for a subject on your own using whatever resources you can pull together, and then take a multiple choice exam on the subject.  If you pass, you earn college credit in the subject.  The two big exam brands you’ll want to look at are CLEP and DSST.  If you follow Homeschooling for College Credit on Facebook or this blog, you’ve probably seen my What is CLEP?  video and my suggested study resources.  If not, it’s worth looking at, because it will open an entire world of credit earning options to you!  In short, I want to help you assign CLEP and DSST exams to their proper category.  See the table below:

CLEP DSST
Other Financial Accounting

Introductory Business Law

Principles of Management

Principles of Marketing

American Literature

Analyzing and Interpreting Lit.

English Literature

Humanities

French

Spanish

German

Business Ethics and Society

Introduction to Business

Money and Banking

Organizational Behavior

Personal Finance

Principles of Finance

Principles of Supervision

Ethics in America

Introduction to World Religions

Communications College Composition Advanced English Composition

Technical Writing

Social Sciences American Government

History of the United States I

History of the United States II

Human Growth and Development*

Introduction to Educational Psychology

Introductory Psychology

Introductory Sociology

Principles of Macroeconomics

Principles of Microeconomics

Social Sciences and History

Western Civilization I

Western Civilization II

A History of the Vietnam War

Art of the Western World

The Civil War and Reconstruction

Criminal Justice

Foundations of Education

Fundamentals of Counseling

General Anthropology

Human/Cultural Geography

Lifespan Developmental Psychology*

History of the Soviet Union

Substance Abuse

Math & Science Biology

Calculus

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Precalculus

Fundamentals of College Algebra

Math for Liberal Arts

Principles of Statistics

Astronomy

Environmental Science

Principles of Physical Science I

Computer Literacy Information Systems

 

Computing and Information Technology

Management Information Systems

Cybersecurity

*choose one but not both


How Do I Begin?

You can contact Pierpont directly to begin the process.  Since I know many of you have questions about your credit and will want to connect with others working this plan, I have created a Facebook group for this specific purpose.

Pierpont BOGgers will be a special group specifically for Homeschooling for College Credit members who are working on the Pierpont BOG Associate degree.  In the group, you’ll be able to ask questions of others and contribute to the working body of knowledge that is shared here and passed out to the other members who would like to complete this degree.  The group will “open” for membership on 9/10/2017 and will remain active as long as we have an interest.

 

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).   

University of Maine at Presque Isle

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 Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, High School, Self-Paced Learning, Straighterline

Straighterline and my 10th Grader’s Spring Semester

Almost as an afterthought, when my 12th grader started using Straighterline this past semester, I decided to enroll my 10th grader- for just one month.  My goal was for them to share the textbook I’d just purchased for my older son.  Efficiency is always an important part of our budget.  They’d share the text, learn lessons together (mostly) and we’d assess after the first class.  (NOTE:  In our second month, Straighterline’s policy for books changed, and a free edition of an eBook was included with each course’s tuition, so we ended up not spending anything on books after the first month!)

You can read about the basics of using Straighterline in your homeschool, or how to choose your courses in my previous posts.  For this post, I just want to provide a brief overview of what my son did, what we spent, and his outcome.  As you’ll see, the first month was so successful (earning 9 college credits) that I decided to continue for the duration of the semester (Dec-May).  You should know that he dedicated about 1-2 hours per day to his Straighterline course Monday-Friday as part of his regular school schedule.  He was able to complete his other homeschool courses (Chemistry with Lab, Consumer Math, and Building Thinking Skills) during another 1-2 hours each day.

As you read the schedule, I list each course and credit earned in the month that I purchased it, not the month he completed it.  Some courses were completed in a week, others in a month, and others took longer still.  As an example, Nutrition and American Government, courses he’d already taken in homeschool, took him only 1 week each, but writing-intensive courses like English Composition I & II took him about 7 weeks each.

As I write this, he enters his final month of school with Straighterline and me. We take a summer vacation, so I’m ready to wrap things up with our kids by Memorial Day.  He has completed everything except Chemistry and English II.  He has 3 more papers to write for English II and hasn’t started their chemistry course.  Since he’s been doing Chemistry with Lab all school year with me, I expect Straighterline’s General Chemistry I to go smoothly and take about 2 weeks.  Writing, for him, is a long and arduous process.  I expect he’ll struggle through until the very end.

Grades:  His grades have been fine.  Straighterline requires a minimum passing score of 70% for their courses, and he’s finished most of his courses in the mid-80’s.  His best course grade was English Composition I (93%) and his lowest course grade was Introduction to Psychology (79%).  Final course grades issued by Straighterline are based only on quizzes and exams (except composition and lab courses) so testing acumen is important if you want to score well.  Since these credits will only appear as “credit” on his college transcript, the final grades aren’t important to his GPA.  While I used his Straighterline courses to inform the grade I awarded him on his high school transcript, in most cases, the grades I gave him differed slightly.  (NOTE:  Since Straighterline is not a college, you never have to disclose any grades or credits earned/not earned through them.  Dual enrollment, on the other hand, requires full disclosure on college applications)


Breakdown of Costs & Credit

Month Class Cost Discounts Applied Credits Earned
December Membership

Introduction to Religion

Microbiology

Business Ethics

$99

$49

$25

$69

-$20 coupon

-$20 coupon

9
January Membership

Cultural Anthropology

Medical Terminology

Introduction to Nutrition

$99

$49

$49

$49

9
February Membership

English Composition I

English Composition II

$99

$69

$69

6
March Membership

Environmental Science

American Government

Introduction to Psychology

$99

$59

$59

$59

-$49 coupon 9
April Membership

Chemistry I

Introduction to Business

$99

$59

$59

-$50 coupon 6
May Membership $99
IMG_3442 $1376

-$139 coupons

$1237

39

The total we spent over 6 months was: $1237

Total credits earned:  39 

Breakdown average per month:  $206/month

The average price per credit:  $32/credit

What I liked best about his semester:

  • I obviously liked that he earned college credit since he’s isn’t eligible to use dual enrollment in our state until next school year.  This gave him a great head-start.
  • I liked that the course rubric (point break down) is spelled out clearly, so, at any given time, he (I) knew exactly how many points he needed to pass the class.  This eliminated a LOT of testing anxiety because in most cases, he’d already earned enough points to pass
    the course before ever taking the proctored final exam.  While the exam is required, passing is not, so his testing anxiety wasn’t nearly as high as when he attempted (and failed) his first CLEP exam last year.
  • I like that they added free eBooks in the tuition of each course.  This helped me make sure I had the book on day 1 of each class without waiting for books to arrive.
  • I liked that I can pay for my son’s classes with Paypal.  This allowed me to use sales from books I’d sold through the College Credit Marketplace Swap Facebook group.
  • I liked Straighterline’s video lesson format.  Since a couple of their courses didn’t have the video lesson format (Microbiology and Statistics) this can also be classified as what I didn’t like!
  • I liked that my son could do all of his courses without my help (after the first one!)

What I liked least about this semester:

  • I didn’t like finding a totally different format (reading only!) in the Microbiology course.  This was a huge disappointment.  There’s a reason that course is only $25.
  • Some courses had WAY TOO MANY quizzes, or the quizzes were WAY TOO LONG.  I can think of several instances where the quizzes were over 50 questions and covered 4 or more chapters in the text.  Both my sons hated these.  Obviously, since the quizzes are open book (I make them look up every answer on every question on every open book quiz- that’s low hanging fruit people!) these took a long time.
  • This seems to contradict what I just said, but other quizzes were too short.  Nutrition, for instance, was full of 10-question quizzes.  As you can imagine, missing a few questions really makes a difference between an A and a C!  The “sweet spot” according to my teens is the 20 question quiz.  I tend to agree.
  • Written assignments are not graded by teachers, they are graded by “graders.” Graders are anonymous people who you’ll never meet, and can never have
    a conversation with.  While they attempt to give good feedback, the loop is broken because the student can’t communicate with the grader!  In one instance during English I, my son turned in a paper that was kicked back for being off-topic.  It was clearly on-topic, so we had to submit a support ticket, which escalated to a course administrator, and finally resulted in his paper being accepted and graded.  The process is clunky and frustrating when compared with the other courses that don’t have graders (tests are automatically graded instantly).
  •  My son worked fast- and you have to because you’re being
    billed $99 per month.  So, there is a constant sense of playing “beat the clock” in a course. Since we were aware of the structure ahead of time, I adjusted his homeschool schedule and was prepared to pull back on his other work if necessary, but for me, the feeling was a little inconsistent with my normal approach to courses- allowing plenty of time for marinating.  When I asked my son, he said he liked finishing courses quickly instead of spending all semester studying something……so mark this up to personal preference.
  • ProctorU.  I really, really, really don’t love ProctorU.  ProctorU is the third party webcam proctoring service that is part of each final exam.  Your teen logs in, the webcam clicks on, ProctorU opens your final and then testing begins.  Initially, I didn’t like the feeling of the webcam experience, but my kids thought this wasn’t an issue at all.  But, the issue that we had at least 3 times (between about 24 courses with 2 teens) was technical issues getting logged in.  If there is any log in trouble, they route you to tech support, but if you don’t start your exam within the 15-minute window, you have to reschedule it and pay $5.  So, as you can imagine, this is really really frustrating because you have to reschedule your test!  Finals must be scheduled 72 hours in advance (or pay a rush fee).  2 of the 3 times Straighterline covered the $5 reschedule fee for us (I didn’t ask the first time because I didn’t think to) but it’s really inconvenient when you’ve planned your homeschool schedule around taking a proctored exam.  The room has to be private, quiet, and free of things that could be used for cheating.  In our home, the room that meets these criteria is our dining room, so keep that in mind too.  One final ProctorU comment, you’ll need identification for each test.  If you don’t have a driver’s license, they’ll ask for 2 forms of ID.  My son used his passport and driver’s permit.

    EDIT TO ADD ONE MORE THING!!  I can’t believe I forgot to share this earlier when I posted, but English 1 and Psychology are considered actual AP courses – so his high school transcript will list both “AP English Composition” and “AP General Psychology!”   But no, he won’t bother with the official “AP exams” because he doesn’t need them.

Posted in Breaking News, Dual Enrollment, Free Tuition, Science, Self-Paced Learning, Straighterline

*FREE Straighterline Labs, AP, and $3/credit classes through 6/3/17*

If you currently have an active Straighterline account – I want to share an unexpectedly great deal I just discovered today!

As you may know, there is a current Straighterline code through June 3rd for $50 off (enter code Homeschool50 at checkout.)  I used it for #2 son, but not #3, because #3 won’t have time to complete another class before summer break and I hate wasting time just as much as wasting money.

On a whim, I called Straighterline and asked what would happen to a class that I purchased now but we didn’t get to use.  They told me it would sit in our account FOREVER.  I wasn’t sure she understood my question, so I clearly explained that we were closing our account for summer vacation.  She assured me that purchased courses are in our a=jumpccount forever, will never expire, and will never disappear when we close our account.  So, in the fall, if I reactivate his account, it would be ready and be waiting for him to pick up where he left off!

What that means:  Active members (those currently paying the $99/month fee) should purchase one of the following courses using the HOMESCHOOL50 code before June 3rd or before your account membership expires- whichever happens first.   This short list contains the least expensive SL courses, that when the code is applied, brings the cost down to $0 – $9 each!!  That price is not per credit, it’s for the ENTIRE course PLUS the required e-book/textbook. The code can only be used one time per account.


Free Straighterline Labs

The student must purchase the lab kit on their own!

  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 credit) $0
  • Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 credit) $0
  • General Chemistry Lab (1 credit) $0
  • General Physics Lab (1 credit) $0
  • Biology Lab (1 credit) $0

AP Classes

Straigherline is an approved provider of 4 Advanced Placement classes.  Completion of one of these courses allows you to list the course on your homeschool transcript as Advanced Placement.  Taking an AP exam is optional and the responsibility of the student.

  • Macroeconomics (Counts as an official AP High School Course) (3 credits) $9
  • Microeconomics (Counts as an official AP High School Course)  (3 credits) $9
  • Intro. to Psychology (Counts as an official AP High School Course) (3 credits) $9

College Classes for $3 per Credit or Less!

  • Introduction to Statistics (3 credits) $0
  • Accounting I  (3 credits) $9
  • Accounting II (3 credits) $9
  • Business Ethics (3 credits) $9
  • Business Law (3 credits) $9
  • Business Statistics (3 credits) $9
  • Financial Accounting (3 credits) $9
  • Macroeconomics (3 credits) $9
  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits) $9
  • Microeconomics (3 credits) $9
  • Organizational Behavior (3 credits) $9
  • Personal Finance (3 credits) $9
  • Principles of Management (3 credits) $9
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits) $9
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits) $9
  • Medical Terminology (3 credits) $9
  • Microbiology Lab (1 credit) $0
  • Pharmacology I (3 credits) $9
  • Pharmacology II (3 credits) $9
  • American Government (3 credits) $9
  • Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) $9
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits) $9
  • Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits) $9
  • Introduction to Religion (3 credits) $9
  • US History I (3 credits) $9
  • US History II (3 credits) $9
  • Western Civ I (3 credits) $9
  • Western Civ II (3 credits) $9
  • College Algebra (3 credits) $9
  • PreCalculus (3 credits) $9
  • General Chemistry (3 credits) $9
  • Environmental Science (3 credits) $9
  • Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits) $9
  • Intro. to Psychology  (3 credits) $9
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credits) $9

If you want help picking a class my post  Straighterline Dissected: What to Take should help a great deal!

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  Non-subscribers or inactive members can do everything in this post, but you’ll have to pay to restart your subscription fee ($99) so this is NOT a good deal unless you were already planning to enroll your student at this time. In addition, you should know about the pros and cons of using SL in your homeschool.  See this post to get started:  Straighterline Basics and explore manyStraighterline posts by clicking the Straighterline tab.   

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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