StraighterLine to Exhibit at CAEL 2008 International Conference

Washington, DC, November 12, 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 its representatives will participate in the CAEL 2008 International Conference Nov. 12-14 at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center in Philadelphia. The event, which features workshops, exhibits and informational sessions on adult learning and workforce development, as well as addresses by featured speakers such as political journalist Dick Polman, attracts hundreds of participants from businesses and institutes of higher learning in the United States and beyond.

StraighterLine will have an exhibit at the convention displaying banners for both StraighterLine and SMARTHINKING, Inc., the parent company of StraighterLine. The convention’s theme is “Lifelong Learning: Building Pathways to Independence.”

Currently StraighterLine’s curriculum consists of six entry-level courses for students of any age where credit can be transferred as well as two developmental courses that will help students to prepare for the entry level courses. The six entry-level courses are College Algebra, English Composition I, Accounting I, Accounting II, Economics I: Macroeconomics and Economics II: Microeconomics, and the developmental courses are Introductory Algebra and Developmental Writing. More courses are planned for the future.

Additional information on the StraighterLine program can be found at

“We are excited to be attending the CAEL 2008 International Conference,” said Ryan Busch, director of StraighterLine. “This event will allow us to inform representatives of leading colleges and universities, as well as leading employers with continuing education concerns, how our program can benefit their efforts for better educated employees efficiently and affordably.”

About CAEL:
CAEL is the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a nonprofit international organization whose mission is to expand learning opportunities for adults. CAEL works to remove policy and organizational barriers to learning opportunities, identifies and disseminates effective practices, and delivers value-added services. Since its founding in 1974, under the auspices of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, N.J., CAEL has been providing colleges and universities, companies, labor organizations and state and local governments with the tools and strategies they need for creating practical, effective lifelong learning solutions.

SMARTHINKING is the market leader in providing online tutoring and academic support to students. Their services were honored with the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE award for Best Instruction Solution for Students at Home. Schools, colleges, universities, libraries, government agencies, textbook publishers and other education providers partner with SMARTHINKING to increase student achievement and enhance learning. SMARTHINKING connects students to e-structor®-certified tutors for assistance in math, writing, science and business, up to 24/7, on any Internet connected computer. SMARTHINKING’s corporate office is located in Washington, D.C. 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).

Patty Briguglio
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