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F01_CAE_logosThe Council for Aid to Education (CAE) is committed to helping educational institutions measure and improve learning outcomes for their students. CAE is a national nonprofit organization established in 1952 to conduct policy research on higher education and to promote corporate support of education. CAE offers the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA). To date more than 1,000 colleges and high schools have participated in the CLA and CWRA. Via the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) program, CAE provides the only tool for benchmarking fundraising in the nation’s colleges and universities.

ExcelsiorExcelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) is an accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for Excelsior College Examinations.

InstantCertFounded in 2002, InstantCert Academy was the first company to offer online college exam preparation. Today, we are one of the most established and trusted providersof college equivalency test prep. Specifically, we offer preparation for CLEP (College LevelExamination Program), DSST (Dantes Standardized Subject Test), ECE (Excelsior CollegeExam), and TECEP (Thomas Edison College Exam Program). Our unique study method is based on our ITCBT (Interactive Textbook Computer Based Testing) software. Our unique approach combines a broad overview of each subject in the form of fill-in-the-blank questions based on dynamic blanking (different parts of the text are blanked out each time you go through the material) along with optional audio accompaniment to teach and reinforce the concepts. Our goal is not only to efficiently prepare you for the exam (many customers prepare for and pass 3 credit exams within a matter of days), but to actually teach you the fundamentals of the subject so that by the end of the course you know just as much as or more than the average college student who takes a semester-long course in the subject.

LearningCountsLearningCounts is an organization dedicated to helping adult learners earn affordable college degrees. We respect that adult learners acquire experience in knowledge outside the classroom – and that knowledge can be translated into college credit. LearningCounts is a Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) program and is supported by foundations dedicated to increasing the college graduation rate in America. CAEL helps adults continue their learning throughout life. We do this by working with educational institutions, employers, labor organizations, government, and communities on creating effective adult learner programs.

proexamProfessional Examination Service (ProExam) is the most experienced organization in professional credentialing, providing comprehensive services and technology to programs across a broad range of professions. Since 1941, ProExam has supported professional licensure and certification, training and continuing professional education with its full, flexible range of assessment and advisory services. ProExam is a not-for-profit organization with uniquely tailored services, a dedication to personal attention and insight into emerging credentialing trends.

Saylor Foundation 100 x 54Founded in 1999, by Michael J. Saylor, Chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy, Inc., the Saylor Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Foundation premise is a very simple, very earnest, very bold idea: Education should be free. As changes in technology have made the distribution of information easier, high-quality educational materials have become increasingly digital and readily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Since 2008, the Foundation’s free education initiative (www.saylor.org) has built over 270 free, self-paced, online courses using credentialed professors who locate, vet, and organize open education resources (OER) into a structured undergraduate level courses. While we do not confer degrees, we do offer the knowledge equivalent of majors in fifteen popular disciplines, and we are making strides toward providing student credit pathways.

StraighterLineStraighterLine is a leader in making a quality college education more affordable. StraighterLine’s programs are a great way to tackle the escalating cost of four-year college tuition and avoid a mountain of student debt. StraighterLine students can “subscribe” to online college courses for only $99 a month. Students who successfully complete StraighterLine online college courses receive credit when they enroll with more than 50 schools in our rapidly expanding network of regionally accredited partner colleges and universities. In addition, ACE CREDIT has also evaluated and recommended college credit for StraighterLine courses.

Unigo LogoLaunched in September 2008, Unigo.com is quickly becoming the go-to resource for prospective college students and parents looking for authentic information about the schools they’re considering. The site features tens of thousands of reviews, photos, videos and articles from America’s top colleges, provided by the real experts – the students who attend them.