Thomas Edison State College Partners with Saylor Academy’s Earn College Credit Program

WASHINGTON--()--Students can earn up to 34 credits without paying course tuition that can be transferred and applied to an undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State College, based on the college’s partnership with the nonprofit organization, the Saylor Academy.

“Much has been said over the past few years about disruption in higher education and how open courses will actually help students”

Students would earn the credits through Saylor’s self-paced “Earn College Credit” program, which includes free, open online courses and fee-based credit-by-exam programs that are aligned with many associate and bachelor degree programs at Thomas Edison State College. The program has the potential of saving New Jersey students approximately $5,900 in tuition costs and out-of-state students approximately $8,000 in tuition costs for those who are able to apply all 34 credits towards an undergraduate degree at the college.

“Much has been said over the past few years about disruption in higher education and how open courses will actually help students,” said Marc Singer, vice provost of the college’s Center for the Assessment of Learning. “Our partnership with Saylor demonstrates a way for students to take high-quality open courses at no cost and then apply what they learned in those open courses through prior learning assessment. We believe this demonstrates how open courses can benefit students interested in earning a college degree from a regionally accredited institution.”

In February, the college launched an Open Course option for the Associate Science in Business Administration degree program, which allows students to complete the degree by taking free, open, online courses from the Saylor Academy and passing assessments offered through the College's prior learning assessment program.

The Earn College Credit partnership builds on that idea and enables students to apply up to 34 credits towards a non-nursing associate or bachelor’s degree program at Thomas Edison State College. Depending on a student’s academic background and degree program, up to 22 credits earned through the program may be applied to general education requirements and up to 12 credits can be applied to area of study requirements in business administration programs or to free elective requirements in other non-nursing undergraduate programs at the college.

According to the Lumina Foundation, nearly 850,000 New Jerseyans have "some college" but no degree and are not currently enrolled anywhere. A study by the non-profit Complete College found that the majority (66 percent) of jobs in New Jersey will require post high school training by 2020. However, the study points out that only 46 percent of New Jersey residents currently have an associate’s degree or more. The partnership between Saylor and Thomas Edison State College seeks to increase the number of degreed New Jersey adults.

The program provides an opportunity for more people to fast-track their future using Saylor’s flexible, on-demand education portal. A select number of these courses are included in this effort and include foundational and STEM courses such as Calculus, Corporate Communication, Business Law and Ethics, Introduction to Marketing, Principles of Management, Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science.

Saylor’s open courses for this transfer program have been reviewed and recommended for college credit by either the American Council on Education or the National College Credit Recommendation Service. To earn credit for the designated courses outlined in the “Earn College Credit” program, students complete the self-paced classes and then take a proctored exam. Students interested in exploring this “Earn College Credit” Program, should visit www.saylor.org/pathways/earn-college-credit/.

Release Summary

Students can earn up to 34 credits without paying course tuition that can be applied to an undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State College, based on a new partnership with the Saylor Academy.

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