Sophia Participates in Initiative to Help Nontraditional Learners Gain College Degrees and Credentials
Washington, DC (Oct. 21, 2015) — The American Council on Education (ACE) today announced the pool of courses selected 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 general education online courses were submitted by a group of non-accredited course providers, including Sophia, that were chosen to participate in the Alternative Credit Project. Forty colleges, universities and systems are taking part in the project and have agreed to grant credit for many of these courses, including those in business, critical thinking and writing, foreign language, humanities, mathematics and natural and physical sciences disciplines.
"Sophia is delighted to be part of the Alternative Credit Project (ACP), as we share its mission to offer high-quality courses at a significantly lower cost while increasing the likelihood of students progressing toward degree completion." said Dr. Kashif Asdi, Chief Academic Officer at Sophia Learning. "We commend American Council on Education (ACE) and the Gates Foundation for providing well-respected colleges and innovative curriculum providers an opportunity to join hands to address the escalating student debt crisis, which is a major challenge in higher education."
"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.
"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.
ACE will collect anonymized data from participating institutions regarding the number of credits each institution accepts through this project as well as progress and success rates of students who transfer in consortium-approved courses.
The project is made possible by a $1.89 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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.