StraighterLine to Exhibit at American Council on Education’s 91st Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, February 05, 2009 --( 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 American Council on Education’s (ACE) 91st Annual Meeting scheduled for Feb. 7-10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year’s event will feature a variety of keynote speakers, industry roundtables and workshops, as well as an invite-only reception for university Presidents and Chancellors. The theme for this year’s event is “Collective Foresight™.”

A sample of scheduled event discussions includes:

o Overview of U.S. Higher Education (International Interest)
o Higher Education for All: Global Approaches to Access and Success
o Facilitated Discussion for Memorandum to the 44th President of the United States
o 2020: Envisioning Beyond the Future of the American University
o Addressing Financial Challenges with Open Education

To view the full schedule of confirmed speakers, panels and events, visit

StraighterLine will exhibit under the banner of SMARTHINKING, Inc., its parent company and the market leader in providing online tutoring and academic support to students. Currently 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 education courses. More courses are planned for the future. The company has received noteworthy media coverage from a variety of national media outlets, including eSchool News, The Chronicle for Higher Education, BusinessWeek and the Washington Business Journal, among others. Additional information on the StraighterLine program can be found at

“We look forward to attending the 2009 ACE meeting,” said StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith. “ACE is a key player in higher education issues. This meeting will provide us with an exciting opportunity to share our program with many of the nation’s top leaders in higher education.”

About American Council on Education (ACE):
The American Council on Education (ACE), founded in 1918, is the nation’s leader on key higher education issues. It seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and public initiatives, and works with approximately 1,800 accredited colleges and universities to help anticipate and address new challenges and contribute to a stronger nation and better world. To date, ACE is the only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges. This cross-sector membership enables ACE to serve as higher education's unifying voice. 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 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
MMI Associates, Inc.
PR Firms Raleigh, NC

Patty Briguglio