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  • Which College Majors Have the Lowest (and Highest) Unemployment Rates?

    Posted on August 28, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Looking for a job after college? Of course you are. But for some students, finding employment is a real struggle. While certain majors are in high demand in the professional world, others are…more of an academic pursuit. That has a lot to do with emerging business needs. Study This, Not That A recent report by the Wall Street Journal analyzes the employability of many different majors, with some interesting findings. While some majors are in high demand, other ones—which can be very closely related—make it tough to find a job. Most striking: students of psychology face a very tough job market, but those studying student counseling are 100 percent employed. How does your major stack up? Can you find a niche that will place  you i ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, College Education, Online Degrees, Go Back To School, Business Degrees

  • One Course Short - How a Student Used Online Courses To Complete His Degree and Graduate On Time. A StraighterLine Success Story.

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    After full-time student and part-time IT worker Brian Shulda discovered he needed one more course in order to graduate on time, he turned to online college courses to get the credit he needed. Discovering Flexible College Credit Options “At the end of fall semester, I found out I needed biology in order to graduate in May,” says Brian. “I was like, ‘oh no!’ The spring biology class didn’t fit in my schedule, so I took a CLEP instead – and failed.” He realized he needed another option, and ultimately found a better way to complete the required course. Friends Help Friends Make the Right Choices Worried he would be unable to graduate, Brian turned to a friend for help. “A classmate recommended StraighterLine. He said it was ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Success Stories, Earn College Credit

  • 7 More Schools To Help You Save On Your College Degree: StraighterLine New Partner College Highlights

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    We’re pleased to introduce seven additional partner pathways for StraighterLine students looking to save on their college degree. With degree programs available 100% online and at locations in Maine, New Hampshire, California, Illinois, Washington D.C., and Indiana, our newest partner colleges are committed to providing affordable and flexible degree programs to our students. When you enroll at any one of our 70+ Partner Colleges, you are guaranteed to receive full course credit for approved college courses taken at StraighterLine. University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, ME & Online North of Ordinary University of Maine at Presque Isle is 1 of the 7 universities within the University of Maine System. Located in the ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Flexible College Options, Online Education, Online Degrees, Partner College

  • Get a Smart Degree 

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    If you want the most affordable, flexible, and relevant degree possible for the career you’ve always wanted – you need to upgrade your skills by getting a smart degree. Let us help. Here’s a short checklist to help determine if you are on the path to a smart degree: You are able to take advantage of low-cost online college courses to earn credit for the general education courses required for your degree. You have access to qualified academic support, such as mentors, student advisors, tutors, and academic success coaches. You are treated like a real person, and not just another consumer in a  “student marketplace.” Your degree program accept transfer credits, including ACE CREDIT recommendations. Yo ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Careers, Online Education, Online Degrees, Go Back To School, Business Degrees, Nursing Degrees, Psychology Degree

  • 7 Things Everyone Asks About Online Learning  

    Posted on August 7, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    This year, over 98% of public colleges and universities will be offering online programs to their students and in five years time, it’s expected that the majority of students will take at least one course online. Online learning is here to stay – and so are the questions students have about taking their courses online. 1 - How do online courses work? Online courses typically are the general requirement courses that students take before completing a degree. Students can also take online courses to complete electives or lower division foundation courses - Example: Bus 101 for Business Majors. Our online courses are all self-paced, meaning you can start the course whenever you would like and complete it within a time ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes

  • Which College Majors Pay the  Most?

    Posted on August 4, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Inside the heart of every student, a battle rages: follow your dreams, or follow the money? The trick, of course, is to find a major that fulfills you and will turn into a lucrative career. Today’s graduates face a tough job market: Unemployment remains high, with over 50 percent of recent grads struggling to find work. However, once you do find a job, it will be at a slightly higher pay rate than it would have been a couple of years ago. Ultimately, if your main goal is to make money, your best bet is to study engineering. The top-earning recent grads are all engineers, and some are making six figures at their very first job. For the rest, there are many opportunities in emerging fields related to business and government. If you can ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Careers, Online Education, Online Degrees

  • Is Competency-Based Education the Answer to an Affordable College Degree? 

    Posted on July 31, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    With competency-based education, adult learners are quickly jumping on a pathway to a far more affordable and flexible college degree. Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) programs cost between about $2,500 and $6,000 per year, and students can shave a year or more off their overall time to degree. Almost all competency-based learning programs accept ACE Credit recommended courses in transfer – and most are also StraighterLine partners. Where do the cost savings come from with competency-based education? In CBE programs, you pay to learn; you don’t pay for what you already know nor do you pay for “seat time.” The faster you master course material, the quicker your time to course completion and ultima ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Degrees, Go Back To School, Competency Based Education

  • 6 Things You Should Know About Working While Going to College 

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Want to advance in your career, but can’t move forward without going back to school? Want to go back to school, but can’t afford it without a job? You’re not alone. In fact, you’d be surprised at how common (and how realistic) it is to work while going to school. 1. Most students work. According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 78% of undergraduate students work—a figure that’s been steady since the 1990s. On average, working students hold down 30 hour-per-week jobs. If they can do it, so can you. 2. 25% of full-time students also work full time. Granted, this cuts down on family time, vacations, and socializing with friends, but one in four students are making it work. They are committed to earning their degree whi ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, Go Back To School, Scholarships

  • So You Want to Have a Career in the Sports Industry?  

    Posted on July 28, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    If you are interested in a career in the sports industry, and are considering pursuing your Bachelor of Sports Science (BSS) Degree – you are making a smart move. A Bachelor of Sports Science degree is often the first step towards a career in the sports industry. What you can do with your sports science degree generally depends on your major. Typically, there are four majors within a sports science degree: Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies, and Sports Strength & Conditioning. BSS in Sports Management: If you are looking at being a member of a front-office team, an athletic director, or a facilities manager then this major is for you. Sports management majors take courses in Personnel Management ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Careers, Online Degrees, Partner College

  • How to Start Using Online Lab Science Courses

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Did you know you can complete lab science courses online? These required hands-on lab courses are quickly becoming some of the most popular online courses for students looking to save time and money while earning a degree in the sciences, administration or healthcare. How Does Taking an At-Home Lab Course Work? Lab science kits are delivered to your door with easy-to-understand online instructions - allowing you to complete your lab science requirement online without having to travel or acquire any specialized lab equipment. With your at-home kit, you will follow a simple step-by-step process, complete your lab reports and upload them for feedback and evaluation on our course site. As you work through your online lab courses, you will: Be ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes

  • How an Online Student Efficiently Earned College Credits - and Improved Her Health. A StraighterLine Success Story. 

    Posted on July 24, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Why does this StraighterLine student look so triumphant? Well, this is Marsha Santos, moments after completing the 5K race requirement for our Personal Fitness (PE101) course! We were so excited about Marsha’s accomplishment that we decided to ask her a few questions about her experience at StraighterLine – and in the course. Marsha Santos’ Online Student Success Story: With children in the house and a health issue that affected how long she could read at one time, Marsha Santos found a way to commit to getting fit – and flexibly earn the college credits she needed for her degree program. Looking for an Efficient Way to Earn College Credit Straighterline was recommended to Marsha by partner college, Western Govern ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Success Stories, Partner College, Competency Based Education

  • Are You Making the Most of Your High School Experience?

    Posted on July 21, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    By Rachel Martin What is the purpose of high school? Is it the friends, the extra-curricular activities, or the high school experience? What if it is none of the above? High school is designed to prepare you for something greater - college, career, or whatever grand adventure comes next. Since the point of high school is to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, why not give yourself a head start by earning dual credit for what you are already learning? The first two years of college are usually a repeat of the final years of high school. General education subjects essentially reiterate what was already learned. Dual credit provides an excellent opportunity to earn college credit for the things you’re already learning. Ear ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Dual Enrollment, Online Education

  • Top Degrees for Today’s Top Careers: Supply Chain Management

    Posted on July 18, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    By: Jackie Vetrano If you are interested in a career with excellent job growth and salary prospects, consider earning a degree in Supply Chain Management. According to the U.S Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook, the median salary for Logisticians (or Supply Chain Managers) with a Bachelor's Degree is $70,800 per year. Job growth now through 2022 is projected to be 22%. What is Supply Chain Management? Businesses, now more than ever, rely on their Supply Chain Managers to positively impact their bottom line by increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. Supply Chain Management is based on two main ideas: 1- Nearly every finished product moves in some way though a series of manufacturers, distributors, and s ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Careers, Online Education, Partner College

  • English Composition: The Most Important College Course You’ll Ever Take 

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    English Composition is the #1 college prerequisite course you’ll ever take. It’s required by nearly every school and major, and for good reason: Without the skills you pick up in English Composition class, you’re at an educational disadvantage. Here’s why English Comp is so crucial to your college performance. Why is taking English Comp a good idea? The world we live in is driven by language. From the text messages you send in the morning, to the books you study at night, the business contracts you sign… tutorials, instructions, and of course homework, it’s all what is referred to as “informational text.” In fact, about 90 percent of the words you read and write every day carry important information. In order to succeed ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, Earn College Credit

  • University of Phoenix Added to Partner College Scholarships 

    Posted on July 14, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    StraighterLine Partner College Scholarships are growing! We are proud to welcome University of Phoenix as our newest participating partner college. Save up to 40% on Your Degree with the University of Phoenix Partner Benefit & StraighterLine University of Phoenix is one of the first StraighterLine Partner Colleges to launch a benefit program exclusively for StraighterLine transfer students. Complete just 4 StraighterLine courses to be eligible for the University of Phoenix Partner Benefit. Take the maximum number of courses at StraighterLine that fit into your degree program & save even more on your degree from University of Phoenix. Your Degree Is Now More Affordable All our Participating Partner Colleges have designed scholars ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, College Costs, Partner College, Scholarships

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