Excelsior College and the Saylor Foundation: Creating a path towards an affordable, accredited higher education together At last year?s Open Ed Conference, both Excelsior College and the Saylor Foundation presented on how they would utilize OER to offer a path towards an affordable higher education and touched on the partnership that was forming between the two. One year has passed and the partnership is in full swing. We have 5 Saylor courses matched with 5 of Excelsior?s UExcel examinations that learners can take to earn credit on a regionally accredited college transcript. The courses are free and the exams cost the learner $95 ? indeed an affordable path towards achieving actual college credit. In this presentation, we will talk about how the partnership was created, explore the process of matching courses to credit-bearing exams, and dive into the data collected on student participation, completion, and success on exam taking. We will show how separating learning from credit can create an affordable path to credit that can work with multiple sources of OER and can be scaled to large numbers of learners.