Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to the combined houses of Congress. In the speech, the President called for colleges to be held to high standards of “affordability and value.” Florida Senator Marco Rubio, in his response to the speech, likewise called for meaningful change for students, specifically non-traditional students taking online courses or enrolled in “degree programs that give you credit for work experience.”
Today, we’re proud to add still more substance to our own value proposition: our (free) course MA101-EXC: Single-Variable Calculus I leads directly to actual college credit, thanks to our continuing relationship with Excelsior College. Our course is aligned directly to their exam, and students who pass will get a transcript from EC with four credits, guaranteed at Excelsior and recognized for potential transfer by over 1,800 other colleges and universities (more info). You don’t have to be a student of Excelsior College — or any college — to take advantage of this option, and the total cost is more than modest at $95 for the exam. In short:
Free Calculus Course + $95 exam = Four college credits on official transcript from accredited institution
Although we’ve talked about this a bit here and there, the official release went out today, and is also available on our press releases page. Please share freely with friends, colleagues, and networks — anyone who has a stake in affordable college education!