April 15, 2020

Purdue Global partners with online education nonprofit Saylor Academy to offer more flexibility to degree completers

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University Global is partnering with Saylor Academy to expand flexible and affordable degree completion opportunities for both current and prospective Purdue Global students. As part of Purdue Global’s mission to support student success throughout their university careers, students will be able to earn credit recognition for Saylor Academy’s online, university-level courses.

Purdue Global and Saylor Academy both recognize that students lead increasingly complex lives and require flexible education options to balance skill development with work and family demands, said Carolyn Nordstrom, vice president, faculty and academic resources, and interim chief academic officer for Purdue Global. This is especially important as more than 36 million adults in the U.S. have some college credit and need flexible options to be able to return to school, complete their degrees and keep up with workforce demands.

“Speed to degree and the cost of education are important to Purdue Global and to our busy adult learners,” Nordstrom said. “As a transfer-friendly institution, students bring an average of 25 credits with them into Purdue Global. We also work closely with employer partners and the military to articulate credit. The Saylor Academy partnership is yet another way for Purdue Global to help students fuel their path to success. We want students to feel all learning is valuable and that it ‘counts’ toward their education goal.”

Saylor Academy’s self-paced course model and partnerships with leading colleges and universities specifically support students, especially working adult learners as they progress toward completing their degrees. The tuition-free aspect of Saylor’s program allows students to start, or return to, their degree completion journey with zero financial risk.

“We are pleased to work with Purdue University Global, an innovator in serving adult, working learners – particularly those returning students with some credit, but no degree,” said Jeff Davidson, executive director of Saylor Academy. “We are seeing more universities leveraging our tuition-free courses to dramatically improve their degree completion initiatives. Our tuition-free, always on model is a perfect supplement to any program to help students complete their degrees more quickly with no new debt.”

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online university, providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen careers. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves more than 31,000 students (as of January 2020), most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates several regional locations nationwide. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, please visit PurdueGlobal.edu.

About Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative committed to making education accessible and affordable to all who need it. We are doing so by creating free online courses, created by experienced professors with relevant teaching experience, that people can use to learn skills and earn university-level credit. Our courses are available for anyone to take at their own pace, and earn certificates or university credits to help them graduate or gain employment faster, and improve their futures. Saylor partners with a group of universities and colleges, as well as other nonprofits and organizations wishing to open access to education. We do not charge institutions to partner with us, and are always looking for like-minded organizations to expand our mission further. Saylor Academy’s “credit-recommended” courses are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) for meeting university-level academic rigor. You can view our recommendations and learn more about ACE National Guide to College Credit here.

Media Contact, Purdue: Tom Schott, 765-494-9318, tschott@purdue.edu

Media Contact, Saylor Academy: Jacqueline Arnold, jacqueline.arnold@saylor.org

Sources: Carolyn Nordstrom, cnordstrom@purdueglobal.edu

Jeff Davidson

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