Press Releases-Penn Foster Announces Acceptance of MOOCs for Credit

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Penn Foster Announces Acceptance of MOOCs for Credit

March 5, 2013

Penn Foster Now Accepts Credits Earned Through MOOCs Endorsed by the American Council on Education

SCRANTON (March 5, 2013) - Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and hybrid education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced it will accept massive open online courses (MOOCs) for equivalent semester credit as they are endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions.

“We are pleased to offer additional ways for our students to achieve their career objectives,” said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster.  “MOOCs continue to validate the role of online education, which is foundational to our approach to delivering value.  At Penn Foster, we are dedicated to ensuring high-quality education options are available and accessible to any person interested in furthering their education and offering credit to our students for the time spent in MOOCs helps us continue to uphold this commitment.”

ACE seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.  Recently, the Council evaluated and recommended college credit for an additional 73 courses offered by Penn Foster, totaling more than 110 Penn Foster courses that are eligible for college credit by ACE.

About Penn Foster

Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and hybrid learning for more than 100 years.  Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success.  Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers.  Penn Foster’s high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty.  For more information, visit www.

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