More than a new brand name, ACE-approved Study.com is trying to combat rising tuition costs by giving students an alternative to earn college credit online.
Could an online education resource eliminate the need for community colleges? Such an undertaking might seem drastic, but it’s exactly what the newly re-launched Study.com aims to accomplish.
More than just a trendy name, Study.com offers 19 exclusive courses accepted for credit by the American Council of Education (ACE), and another 30 are currently under review. Students can also submit their scores to more than 2,900 accredited colleges for transfer credit.
Founded four years ago as Education-Portal.com, the website was initially launched to accommodate a boom of students looking for inexpensive and flexible learning-reinforcement resources online, which they could use to study for exams or to learn for fun.
Education-Portal decided to take things a step further by creating online courses designed to lead toward college credit. At first, their courses were aimed at helping students pass College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, which grant college credit to (generally older) students for about $80 per course. They then realized that after taking enough of these general education courses through Education-Portal, students could essentially test out of their first 2 years of college at a fraction of the regular cost.
The team found that their lessons were being viewed by more than adults, as college students were using the website to help study for exams, and high school students were even using the resource to prepare for the SAT & ACT. As a result, more and more courses and lessons were added to meet the growing demand.