|For Immediate Release:||8 September 2010|
|L. Wolfe Communications
William M. Stewart
Students Can Turn Spanish Language Skills Into College Credit With New Exam From UExcel
Credit-by-Examination Program From Pearson and Excelsior College Helps Students Save on Tuition Costs, Accelerate College Educations
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., September 8, 2010 — College-bound students can save time and money and earn college credit with today’s launch of a new Spanish Language examination from UExcel®, an alliance between the world’s leading education company, Pearson, and Excelsior College, a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance-learning institution. Students who successfully complete the UExcel computer-based examination for Spanish at a Pearson VUE global testing center will receive a letter grade and six college credits on an official transcript from Excelsior College.
Pearson and Excelsior College collaborated to develop the UExcel program, which includes a range of college-level subject area examinations, to respond to the growing demand from students and parents for ways to save money on college tuition. UExcel offers students the opportunity to turn their knowledge into college credit, which can then be transferred to thousands of American colleges and universities.
“UExcel allows students to demonstrate that they are prepared for college-level work while they earn credit for prior learning,” said Dr. Patrick Jones, dean of assessment for Excelsior College. “With this new test, they can transform their high school work studying Spanish or their native Spanish language ability into college credit.”
The registration fee for all UExcel exams is $85, a fraction of the cost of tuition for a single college course. As a special introductory offer available through Nov. 30, 2010, the first 500 students who register for the UExcel Spanish Language exam will also receive a free practice test, valued at $18.
“UExcel directly addresses the issue of rising tuition costs,” said Randy Trask, senior vice president of market development for Pearson VUE, Pearson’s computer-based testing business. “For a minimal test registration fee, students can use our computer-based exams to gain credit or show readiness for an advanced class and reap significant savings in tuition costs.”
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and made college credit recommendations for UExcel examinations. A list of colleges and universities that agree to accept recommendations from ACE is located at www.UExcelTest.com/credit/accept.
For more information or to register for a UExcel exam, visit www.UExcelTest.com.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher licensure testing, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit www.pearson.com.
About Excelsior College
Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) is an accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues. Excelsior College has more than 136,000 graduates worldwide and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.