SOPHIA Announces Five Online Courses Recommended For College Credit By American Council On Education

    SOPHIA Announces Five Online Courses Recommended For College Credit By
                        American Council On Education

Self-Paced Online Learning Program Lets Students Earn College Credits For Up
To 80 Percent Less Than Traditional Courses

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, April 17, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SOPHIA Pathways for College
Credit™ (SPCC) – a self-paced program that offers online courses for college
credit at a significant savings over traditional college classes – today
announced that the American Council on Education's College Credit
Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college
credit for five online courses. ACE, the major coordinating body for all the
nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a
unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy
through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

"We developed SPCC to make college affordable and accessible so that students
of all ages can finally achieve their goal of completing their degree without
having the burden of excessive debt," said Allison Gage, Senior Vice President
at SOPHIA. "Considering that less than one-third of adults over the age of 25
have a bachelor's degree or higher, and more and more jobs require training
beyond high school, SPCC offers students an alternative to traditional college
courses where they can work at their own pace, pay a fraction of the cost and
complete general education credits required for a variety of degrees."

SOPHIA launched its online courses for college credit in the fall of 2012 and
since then more than 200 students have completed courses. The SPCC courses
that have received credit recommendations from ACE CREDIT are College Algebra,
Human Biology, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and
Introduction to Statistics. 

"There's been an explosion of online learning options recently but none like
SPCC that offers real credit and courses that students need for their degree,"
Gage said. "With many students opting to take a combination of online and
traditional courses, SPCC lets them take control of their education by earning
credits on their own time, at their own pace, and with a learning model that
works for their individual learning style – particularly students who don't
learn as well with the traditional one-to-many lecture model. We are extremely
encouraged by the 85 percent completion rate of the students that have
completed SPCC thus far and see it as a positive sign that individualized
education can be effective."

Students can enroll in SPCC at any time and complete the online courses from
any Internet connection or device. SPCC's self-paced courses are better
designed to meet the needs of the student than programs that offer one
instructor and a rigid schedule. Each course features SOPHIA's Many Ways to
Learn™ model where individual concepts are taught by a variety of different
instructors each with their individual style, so students can choose one that
works best for them. In addition, all instructional materials are available
online and included in the initial price, further increasing the affordability
of SPCC by eliminating the expense of textbooks.

"SPCC is truly a game changer when it comes to offering a program that fits
the needs of a variety of students – whether they are currently in college, an
adult learner wanting to go to college or a high school student looking to
earn college credits before they graduate," Gage said. 

SPCC was developed by, a social education platform that offers more
than 32,000 free academic tutorials taught in a variety of ways, by a
multitude of teachers and education enthusiasts. SPCC is the latest innovation
by SOPHIA, which is focused on making credible academic tools available to
students in grade 6 through the first two years of college.

ACE CREDIT® helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations
taken outside traditional degree programs. More than 2,000 colleges and
universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the
applicability to their course and degree programs.

For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to
provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions
to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website

To learn more, visit

About SOPHIA is a social education platform that empowers students to learn in
their own way, helps teachers to innovate and puts college students on a path
to a lower-cost degree. The free site offers more than 32,000 academic
multimedia tutorials taught by over 6,000 teachers using a unique Many Ways to
Learn™ model where each concept is taught by multiple teachers so students can
choose a teaching style that works best for them. The site further enhances
the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing learning preferences and
providing sequenced learning pathways. SOPHIA also provides free teacher
certification programs about the flipped classroom and using tablets in the

In addition, SOPHIA recently launched SOPHIA Pathways for College Credit
(SPCC), a self-paced college-level online learning program that offers general
education courses priced around 80 percent less than a traditional course.
SPCC makes higher education affordable, accessible and inspirational for
students in high school and beyond. SOPHIA is a subsidiary of Capella
Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA).

For more information, visit

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's
higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and
university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It
provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public
policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.eduor
follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

Contact: Laura Telander Graf


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