Lowering the Cost of a College Degree: Charter Oak State College Expands Exam For Credit Offerings
Agreement with Excelsior College Provides Access to Excelsior Exams through CharterOak.edu
Charter Oak State College, Connecticut's public online college, has partnered with
the nonprofit Excelsior College to expand credit-by-examination options for Charter
Oak students. Through an agreement reached with Excelsior College, Charter Oak will
offer registration for Excelsior College Examinations on its website CharterOak.edu.
Students who register for exams will take them at a secure Pearson VUE testing center.
Students can review the new exam offerings and register online. Learn more about credit for testing and exams.
Excelsior offers 33 exams in topics ranging from 33 Basic Genetics to Principles
of Marketing, Financial Accounting, English Composition, and Anatomy and Physiology
among others. Exam fees range from $95 - $415 depending upon the credit awarded for
successful completion. Practice exams are also available.
Charter Oak State College President Ed Klonoski said of the agreement, "We're excited
to partner with Excelsior College. We recognize that our adult students are seeking
ways to lower the cost of a college degree. Testing is one way to do that. This
partnership with Excelsior allows us to maximize our exam offerings providing students
with more options for earning accelerated and affordable college credits."
While Charter Oak has always accepted credit awarded from Excelsior's exams, this
new agreement strengthens and emphasizes the College's commitment to working collaboratively
to achieve savings for its students.
"We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with Charter Oak in providing alternative
pathways to college credit," said Dr. John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College.
"We have a mutual concern about holding down the cost of higher education and credit
by examination is a very cost-effective way of accomplishing this. Both colleges serve
a very similar student body so this new collaboration is in keeping with our respective
Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College is Connecticut's only public online college,
offering associate and bachelor's degree completion programs in high-demand fields
including Health Care Administration, Public Safety Administration, Business Administration,
Information Systems and more. Charter Oak students complete degree programs through
online courses and alternative approaches to earning credit. Charter Oak is accredited
by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and governed by Connecticut's
Board of Regents for Higher Education. The College is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses
on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971
and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior offers more efficient and affordable access to
degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level
proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges
and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior
College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.