College for America is a fully accredited, nonprofit college that is built specifically to help working adults succeed, using competency-based education.
College for America partners with employers nationwide to offer fully accredited associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs to their frontline employees at an extraordinary discount versus traditional programs.
College for America tuition is just $3,000 a year, usually paid in full or part by an employer’s tuition assistance plan. Federal financial aid is available for all of our degree programs. According to a 2014 survey of all CfA students, most expect to graduate with ZERO debt.
After demonstrating mastery (the equivalent of earning an A in a traditional college course) of each group of competencies, students achieve a goal and earn real college credits. Twenty goals and 120 competencies later, the student is awarded a degree and diploma from Southern New Hampshire University—an 83 year-old, fully accredited nonprofit university.
All work at College for America comes in the form of project-based learning—often better suited for working adults versus traditional lectures and exams. Projects give students a chance to immediately integrate the competencies they are developing and apply them in a real world setting. Each project helps students learn and use several different competencies.
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Students develop competencies through online work, on their own schedule. Students may advance quickly through subjects they’ve already mastered in their life and career but take time and more support in new areas. Our typical associate’s degree student is on track to complete a degree in a bit over two years, but some students have moved much faster through the program.
Students’ projects are evaluated by academic reviewers—professional educators with an advanced degree in a relevant field. Projects are reviewed and returned to students within 48 hours, with detailed feedback. If students’ work doesn’t show mastery of the competencies included in that project, they can tackle it again—with help from academic resources, fellow students, or a dedicated CfA Learning Coach who can help them develop a plan for mastery. Every competency in the degree must be mastered to graduate.
Students earn a degree from College for America by mastering specific competencies that can be applied in their life and career. A competency is a specific, can-do statement such as “can use charts and graphs to convey information”—one example from our AA in General Studies degree).
Students of College for America earn full college credit at a much more affordable price versus traditional degree programs.
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In a survey of CfA graduates, 70 percent report new career goals and more than half have received a promotion or increased responsibilities at work in the year of their graduation.
In the same survey, 90 percent of graduates stayed with the employer who brought College for America to their workforce.
In a survey of all College for America students and graduates, 99 percent say they would recommend the school to co-workers, friends, or family.
Now I know how to obtain information, determine the quality of data, and create a way to manage and then communicate that information.”
Production Supervisor—promoted from Sanitation Lead
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