Trend in US colleges subcontracting courses

June 2, 2009

A number of American institutions are exploring methods to reduce costs by subcontracting core curriculum classes. Kansas-based Fort Hays State University will accept credits from StraighterLine, a private company offering introductory courses online, in exchange for the courses being listed on university transcripts. The partnership has drawn criticism from students, who say it could damage the university's academic reputation. FHSU officials say the arrangement doesn't apply to current students; it is mostly a recruitment tool, used to encourage those who sign up for StraighterLine courses to continue their education at the university. Associated Press | "FHSU Students Against Straighter Line" Facebook group