SOPHIA and Bill Nye "The Science Guy" Launch Operation College Success

    SOPHIA and Bill Nye "The Science Guy" Launch Operation College Success

Education Platform Addresses Issue of College Readiness and Affordability with
Free Resources and Low-Cost Online Courses for College Credit

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, May 13, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With the cost of higher education
skyrocketing and two-thirds of today's students unprepared academically for
college, has launched Operation College Success to offer free tools
to help address the issue of college readiness and affordability. SOPHIA and
Bill Nye The Science Guy launched the campaign today in Washington, D.C. at an
event on Capitol Hill.

SOPHIA is an online education platform that provides free resources to
students and teachers including 33,000 free academic tutorials on a variety of
subjects. With Operation College Success, SOPHIA has expanded its offerings to
include free college readiness resources that include ACT math test prep;
College Prep Pathways in algebra, statistics and biology; and College Success
Skills that provide students with valuable tips and resources to help them
navigate the college experience successfully. In addition, SOPHIA offers an
affordable path to a college degree with SOPHIA Pathways for College Credit –
online courses for college credit priced at $329 per course.

"It's startling to think that two-thirds of high school students don't have
the academic skills they need to succeed in college and with the added cost of
remediation, which collectively costs student billions, the goal of earning a
college degree becomes that much harder to attain financially," said Allison
Gage, Presidentof SOPHIA. "With Operation College Success, students now have
more free resources at their fingertips that can help them get prepared. In
addition, we also offer affordable college courses in several high-demand
general education subjects that will start them on the path to a degree."

SOPHIA Operation College Success offers a full portfolio of free resources

  oCollege Prep Pathways that provide refresher courses in algebra,
    statistics and biology. Each course is presented in short-form tutorials
    and features SOPHIA's Many Ways learning model that allows students to
    choose from multiple teachers and instructional styles.
  oACT Math Test Prep featuring sample tests as well as test-taking tips.
  oCollege Success Skills that will not only prepare students but also keep
    them motivated through college. Resources are available in each of the
    following areas: setting goals; financing college; classroom strategies on
    note-taking, test-taking and preparing for an online learning environment;
    and resources to help students improve their study habits and also take a
    proactive role in learning.

"We developed these tools because we believe it's important to make
educational resources accessible to everyone, everywhere so they can achieve
their goal of earning a college degree," Gage said. "We want to reverse the
trend of students starting college unprepared and then going further in debt.
SOPHIA can help students be successful now and into the future."

Affordable Online College Courses with SOPHIA Pathways for College Credit
In addition to free college readiness resources, SOPHIA has introduced SOPHIA
Pathways for College Credit™ (SPCC) – a self-paced program that offers online
courses for transferable college credit at a significant savings over
traditional college classes.

Students can enroll in SPCC at any time and complete the online courses.
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 instructors each with their own 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. The American
Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has
evaluated and recommended college credit for five of SOPHIA's online courses.
More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations
in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.

"While a college degree can open many doors, many students lack the financial
resources, access and skills they need to succeed in a traditional college
environment," Gage said. "With SPCC we are personalizing the college
experience by meeting the individual learning needs of the students and also
doing it at an affordable price."

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. Four more courses are under
consideration for an ACE CREDIT® recommendation.

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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).

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Contact: Laura Telander Graf


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