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Cengage Announces Alternative Credit Programs

June 29, 2016

Excelsior College and publisher Cengage Learning on Tuesday said they would partner to create self-paced online degree programs to give students an alternative pathway to college credit. The partnership will first produce an associate program in criminal justice and an M.B.A., but other courses and programs are in the works. Excelsior will be the first college to accept the courses as progress toward degree completion, and will also develop credit-bearing exams. Cengage will offer the courses on the Difference Engine learning platform, which it gained last year when it acquired the ed-tech company Learning Objects. The program will launch in March 2017 and cost between $400 and $550, Cengage said.

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Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STROMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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