This week, it was our pleasure to announce our partnership with Excelsior College to create a low-cost, alternative way for students to earn college credit.

This very special partnership surrounds a set of self-paced digital courses using Cengage Learning content, each with integrated diagnostic and formative assessments. The courses end with a college credit bearing exam developed by Excelsior’s Center for Educational Measurement, among the most respected higher education assessment organizations.

Degree pathways

The program, which will be delivered online via Cengage Learning’s own “Learning Objects Difference Engine®” platform, will first focus on two degree pathways:

  1. An associates in criminal justice
  2. An MBA

More options will be coming soon. Upon successful completion of either course, students will earn college credit from Excelsior College, which can be used towards a degree at Excelsior or for transfer to any accredited institution accepting such transfer credit. This self-paced program is perfect for those looking for a flexible and low-cost way to earn college credits to enhance their skills and career opportunities.

Learning Objects and Exelsior

Learning Objects, acquired by Cengage Learning in September 2015, collaborates with higher education institutions to design and build digital learning environments. The company brings together course and program design services, technology and content, including open educational resources (OER), to collaboratively build learning experiences for students.

“Excelsior has been providing credit-by-exam opportunities for over forty years,” said Nurit Sonnenschein, General Manager for the Center for Educational Measurement. “With this partnership, our students maintain the flexibility and low-cost of a credit-by-exam program; but the marriage of the exam with the rich digital courseware developed by Cengage provides a level of pedagogy never yet offered, and opens up the possibility of self-study to a much larger population. And the development of this product as a complete pathway to degree, rather than as individual course/exam electives, will be an exciting opportunity for so many prospective students who seek an alternative to online courses.”

“Online learning has proven a tremendous resource for students who are unable to attend traditional campus-based programs.  This partnership with Excelsior is designed to open up access to even more working professionals who need credits or a degree for a job or workplace advancement,” said Lori Hales, SVP Institutional Sales, Cengage Learning.