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Rasmussen College

November 12, 2009 08:46 ET

Rasmussen College Partners With AUSL to Offer Free College Credit to Chicago Academy High School Students

Partnership Marks the First Online Dual Credit Program Offered to Chicago Public School Students

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - Students at The Chicago Academy High School can now earn college credit online through the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) and a new, unprecedented relationship with Rasmussen College. Beginning in the Fall of 2009, 32 Chicago Academy seniors will have the opportunity to enroll in entry-level college courses for dual high school and college credit through the school's partnership with Rasmussen College, a premier provider of online educational experiences, delivering regionally accredited Bachelor's, Master's, and Associate's degree programs through its network of campuses and partnerships with leading universities.

The program is being offered free of charge by Rasmussen College to the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), a not-for-profit that partners with Chicago Public Schools to transform chronically underperforming schools. The Chicago Academy is one of 14 AUSL-run Chicago schools.

"The Academy for Urban School Leadership has begun to build a strong model for increasing positive educational opportunities for students of chronically underperforming public schools," explained Rasmussen College President Kristi Waite. "Rasmussen is excited about contributing to the effort which allows every student the opportunity to excel, even beyond the high school level, by giving them a leg up on their college education. As an institution of higher learning, Rasmussen College is committed to preparing students to be active, productive and successful contributors to a global community."

The opportunity to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school helps participants of the Rasmussen dual credit program reduce the continually rising cost of college education and gives students a competitive advantage in the college application process, as Rasmussen College is regionally accredited.

Chicago Academy students enrolled in the dual credit program will complete all coursework online in Learning Labs -- designated stations set up in the school's library -- receiving guidance and assignments from Rasmussen-trained Learning Managers and course textbooks generously donated by Cengage Learning. Students will also have access to the same 24/7 personal support center available to all Rasmussen College students.

"We look forward to embarking upon a partner relationship with Rasmussen College to launch this pilot program," said Brian Simms, Managing Director, High Schools at AUSL. "This is an incredible breakthrough for our network of schools, and will undoubtedly transform the lives of the students we serve and provide them with an additional competitive edge."

Rasmussen College currently assists more than 300 high school students in earning college credit through dual credit programs. With 17 campuses in several states, including three in Illinois, Rasmussen College allows high school juniors and seniors to take up to 24 college credits either on campus or online, at no financial cost.

"We will use our experience providing quality online education experiences to help raise the academic preparedness of students at The Chicago Academy," stated Rasmussen College Vice President of Academic Affairs John Woods. "We provide the same resources and experience for high schools as the leading universities and colleges whose online programs we launch and grow."


Founded in 1900, Rasmussen College is a premier provider of online educational experiences, dedicated to the growth and development of its students, employees, and the communities it serves. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Rasmussen College offers Bachelor's and Associate's degrees in fields with the greatest occupation opportunities to more than 15,000 students. Through its partnerships with leading universities, Rasmussen offers opportunities to students beyond the Bachelor's level. Through the Rasmussen Partner Network, students can earn Master's and Doctoral degrees completely online, at their own convenience, from leading universities around the country. To learn more about Rasmussen College, please visit


The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) was founded in 2001 by Martin J. Koldyke, venture capitalist and founder of The Golden Apple Foundation. He inspired and engaged a group of educators, business and community leaders to design a program that would significantly advance and reform the teaching profession. AUSL's mission is to improve student achievement in Chicago's high-poverty, chronically failing schools through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained teachers. For more information about the AUSL, visit

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