StraighterLine Partners with The New York Times Knowledge Network

Washington, DC, October 11, 2008 --( StraighterLine (, a new online education solution that provides students a high quality, better supported, and lower cost way to obtain college credits through regionally accredited colleges and universities, has announced that it has partnered with The New York Times Knowledge Network ( New York Times editors and journalists are collaborators and participants in shaping the curriculum, with 20 participating in the programs for the fall 2008 semester.

StraighterLine is one of just 15 educational institutions and organizations across the country participating in 47 programs offered through the Knowledge Network. The roster of this fall’s programs covers a wide range of topics, including business, writing, history, health and politics. They use The New York Times and its journalists as teaching resources for personal enrichment, professional development, certification programs and some credit-bearing programs. In addition, many programs feature live Webcasts that allow students to interact with and ask questions of participating Times reporters and editors.

Currently StraighterLine offers two developmental courses, Introductory Algebra and Developmental Writing, and six entry-level curriculum courses where credit can be transferred: College Algebra, English Composition I, Accounting I, Accounting II, Economics I: Macroeconomics and Economics II: Microeconomics. More courses are planned to be added in the future.

Additional information on the StraighterLine program can be found at or by visiting the StraighterLine blog at

“It is an honor to be one of a select few institutions of higher learning to be associated with the New York Times Knowledge Network,” said StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith. “With its legacy of being considered one of the best newspapers in the world, along with its noted emphasis on accuracy, our students will be receiving insights and perspectives from this network and its participants that will enrich their learning experience immeasurably, and at no additional cost to their studies.”

About The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading media company with 2007 revenues of $3.2 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 50 Web sites, including, and The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment. For more information, visit

About StraighterLine:
StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for obtaining required college credits from accredited colleges and universities. StraighterLine’s affordable courses are the first to include up to 24/7 live, on-demand instruction. StraighterLine offers six entry-level college courses, including College Algebra, English Composition I, Accounting I, Accounting II, Economics I: Macroeconomics and Economics II: Microeconomics, and two developmental courses, with many more planned. StraighterLine students may choose to receive credit from StraighterLine’s regionally accredited partner colleges. Student-earned credits may also be transferable to non-partner colleges that recognize StraighterLine’s partner’s courses as equivalent programs. There are no set due dates for StraighterLine courses. Students may start and stop at any point with up to six months of access. StraighterLine offers two remarkable pricing programs; individual courses cost only $399, include 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support, and allow up to six months of access; and the StraighterLine for $99 program: a $99 per month subscription with no additional start-up costs which includes unlimited access to any and all courses one at a time, plus 10 total hours of one-on-one instructional support, with no minimum or maximum time limit for course completion. For more information, visit or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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