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APUS Announces Course Pool for American Council on Education

Alternative Credit Project to Help Nontraditional Learners Gain College Degrees and Credentials

Charles Town, W. Va., Oct. 21, 2015American Public University System (APUS) today announced the pool of courses selected by The American Council on Education (ACE) as part of ACE’s Alternative Credit Project, a groundbreaking initiative to boost the ability of millions of nontraditional learners to gain a college degree.  

The 111 low- or no-cost, lower-division online general education courses were submitted by several non-accredited course providers – including APUS partner StraighterLine -- participating in the project. APUS, along with 39 other institutions selected by ACE, will grant credit for many of these courses, including such disciplines as business, critical thinking and writing, foreign languages, humanities, mathematic,s and natural and physical sciences.

“We applaud this initiative with other leading public and private institutions to help bring foundational academic programs more within reach of underserved learners,” said Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS president and chief executive officer. “It directly supports our core mission to enhance access and affordability, while providing optimum learning outcomes for these individuals.” APUS was one of 25 two- and four-year, public and private, non- and for-profit institutions initially selected for the ACE pilot project announced in December 2014, funded by a $1.89 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“This is an important step for an initiative that already has significantly increased our body of knowledge about the most effective ways to increase the number of Americans able to earn a college degree or credential by using education, training, and life experiences gained outside a formal classroom,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.

ACE will collect anonymized data from APUS and the other participating institutions regarding the number of credits each accepts through the project as well as progress and success rates of students who transfer in consortium-approved courses.

“Nontraditional students who often are balancing multiple family and career demands now know where they can turn to take courses that will help them reduce the time and expense required to gain a postsecondary degree or credential at a number of outstanding institutions,” said Deborah Seymour, ACE assistant vice president for education attainment and innovation.

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

About American Public University System

American Public University System, winner of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of the OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 50,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies.  For further information, visit www.apus.edu.

 

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Brian Muys
703-268-1143
bmuys@apus.edu

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of the OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 50,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, www.apus.edu.

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Brian Muys

Brian Muys

Associate VP Public Relations
571.358.3145