The university joined a network of colleges and universities that work with StraighterLine, a company that offers accredited freshman-level courses that align with comparable traditional courses that transfer to universities in the network.
“Northwestern State is engaging in this partnership to establish another pathway by which students who want to complete a degree can make that dream become a reality,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for Technology, Research and Economic Development at Northwestern State.
Administrators say the partnership facilitates the transfer of earned credits from approved prior learning assessments.
StraighterLine’s courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), which includes over 1,800 participating colleges and universities.
ACE is the national leader in the evaluation process for education and training obtained outside the classroom.
“We are delighted to work with StraighterLine on this new initiative which provides ACE CREDIT to students who are pursuing a degree. This is another way to help students earn their degrees more quickly and a way for us to enroll students who normally wouldn’t know about us,” said Dr. Lisa Abney, provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs.
Northwestern State offers 34 accredited online degree programs, the most of any college or university based in Louisiana.
The university’s partnership with StraigherLine is particularly beneficial for non-traditional adult learners and students in the military trying to earn a degree.
For more information, visit straighterline.com or contact Williams at (318) 357-6100.