I found an interesting service: it helps people graduate college quickly with modern-day opportunities like testing out of courses and what not. However, this program is for conservative Christians only: http://www.legacystudies.org/accelerated-academics/
From the description: Legacy Collegiate Studies helps students earn their fully-accredited bachelor's (four-year) degrees in only 21 months. Legacy is NOT the degree-granting university: students graduate with a regionally-accredited Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State College. We research the most efficient and inexpensive ways to gain credit, provide classes or subject tutoring and study help, and assist students in transferring credit to the degree-granting institution.
Does anyone know of groups and services like this, for different target audiences?
I don't know of anything exactly like the program you mention, but I know that many homeschoolers take CLEP exams (available through the College Board) to test out of classes. I've heard of at least woman whose kids both tested out of two years worth of college! That would save a lot of money!
Details can be found on her website: http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/
I think if your child has an idea of where she might like to go to college, it would be worth it to call their admissions dept. as soon as possible to find out what kind of credits they accept. This can help you plan your way through high school.Unfortunately, especially since some schools don't accept credits from any institution or test other than their own, although these are the exceptions rather than the rule.
Incidentally, the "Homescholar," the woman whose blog I referred to above, also offers a similar service to the College you mentioned. She can be hired to help with transcripts, transfers, etc. I think that as more and more kids homeschool through high school, we'll see more services like this pop up! But go check out her blog, I've found it helpful.
Also, this is not what you asked for, but there are also special undergraduate programs that allows students to obtain an MA in the four years it takes to get their BA. The student would graduate with two degrees, hence making it more cost-effective.
If anyone else hears anything, please share!
In addition to Elizeth's comment on CLEP tests, AP tests give college credit in many cases. I'd check the requirements carefully for the colleges in which your student has interest, and plan your course of action from there.
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