Forbes | 02.26.16

Higher Education’s Top 10 ‘Influencers’ Of 2015

By John Ebersole

Burck Smith, CEO and founder of Straighterline, and co-founder of Smarthinking, the industry-defining online tutoring company. Under his leadership, Straighterline has positioned itself as a for-profit provider of low cost instruction that works with traditional higher education rather than being in competition with it. As the “face” of “good proprietary education,” Smith and Straighterline have played a significant role in getting the Department of Education to consider Title IV support for non-traditional sources of learning through its “multiple pathways initiative.”

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