Lowering the Cost of a College Degree: Charter Oak State College Expands Exam For Credit Offerings

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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 missions."

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.