StraighterLine, a low-cost online course provider, has signed up the University of Phoenix as its 27th partner college. A larger group of colleges typically accepts credits earned for StraighterLine courses that are evaluated by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service. Partner colleges, however, have agreed to accept credits earned through the provider and also offer a streamlined application process to StraighterLine students.
Phoenix joins other for-profit partner colleges, including Kaplan University, DeVry University and Capella University. StraightLine's nonprofit partners include Western Governors University and several public universities, such as Albany State University and Charter Oak State University. Inside Higher Ed last year published a three-part series on the curricular experiment undertaken by StraighterLine. The provider later brought in an outside firm to conduct a study of the quality of its offerings. (Note: This article has been updated from an earlier version to correct erroneous information provided by the company.)