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National Education Alliance Assists Students to Complete College Credit Without Ever Attending a School or a Classroom

President Barack Obama “proposed a plan to address college completion and strengthen the higher education pipeline to ensure that more students succeed and complete their degree.”*  With this in mind, the National Education Alliance launched its new Career Counseling Center.


The online counseling center can assist students find colleges that accept prior credits toward their chosen degree. It will also provide students the opportunity to find out which schools will allow them to participate in a credit by examination program.


In addition to launching the Career Counseling Center, the National Education Alliance has partnered with Rue Education and iStudySmart.com.  Both companies provide in-depth study materials to help adult learners receive full undergraduate college credits through credit by examination. In order to receive the credits, students must pass a subject-matter exam that is comparable to the final or end-of-course exam offered in a traditional college classroom setting.


Examinations must be approved subject exams, such as:

·         College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

·         DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

·         Excelsior College Exam (ECE)


Rue Education and iStudySmart.com provide study material for CLEP, DSST and ECE exams and both companies include a money back guarantee.  iStudySmart.com is the only organization endorsed by DSST.


CLEP exams are the most widely known credit by examination program in the nation, with more than 2,900 accredited colleges and universities awarding credits for passing these exams. Almost 2,000 colleges and universities honor college credit for passing scores on DSST exams. The ECE exam, formerly known as the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (ACT/PEP), is accepted for college credits by over 900 colleges and universities. The ECE exam is used to meet specific requirements for Excelsior College degrees.


CLEP, DSST and ECE exams allow adult learners to receive from three to six college credits from a single exam, depending on the exam and the policies of the chosen college or university.


There are a number of resources available to prepare for these exams. The DSST Official Test Preparation Guide provides an overview of the material for students who feel comfortable with the subject matter.


In February of 2009 President Barack Obama was quoted as saying, "By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."*  The National Education Alliance hopes to carry out this goal by assisting adult learners complete college credit and earn their undergraduate degrees.



National Education Alliance

Shara Wright, President, 800-230-7565 x1400

Cell: 817-205-1641, Fax: 866-295-1448




*Source: WhiteHouse.gov

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