StraighterLine Introduces Education Team Leader

Published: Mon Jul 14 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 Christa Ehmann Powers, Ph.D., will lead a team of distinguished, accomplished educators in developing courses for StraighterLine. She will head a group educators, administrators and professors who will critically analyze and adapt study material for core introductory college courses for StraighterLine students.

Dr. Ehmann Powers received her doctor of philosophy in educational studies from Oxford University in England in 2003. She received her master of science in teaching, learning and teacher development from Oxford in 1995. A published academic with 15 years of teaching and educational research experience, she serves as vice president of education for SMARTHINKING, the parent company of StraighterLine. She has developed online instructional programs for students at secondary, post-secondary and graduate levels, as well as training programs for hundreds of online instructors across disciplines.

Currently StraighterLine offers four entry-level curriculum courses where credit can be transferred: College Algebra, English Composition, Economics 101 and Accounting 101. More courses are planned for the future.

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

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"We are happy to have Christa lead our efforts in defining the criteria for our courses," said Ryan Busch, director of StraighterLine. "Her experience will be invaluable as we continue to expand our course offerings in the future."

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 entry-level college courses including College Algebra, English Composition, Economics 101 and Accounting 101, with many more under development. 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. For more information, visit or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

SMARTHINKING, StraighterLine, Ryan Busch, Burck Smith, Online Education, Online Tutoring, Education Technology, Online Academic Support, E-structor, e-Scholars, McGraw-Hill, Blackboard, Whiteboard, Online Learning, Christa Ehmann Powers, Oxford University

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