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  • 3 Nursing Trends You Should Be Watching 

    Posted on September 18, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    What’s ahead for nurses? The medical field is always changing, and by looking a few years into the future, you can continue to advance with it, raising your value to doctors and patients while you raise your earning potential. Whether you’re currently working as a nurse, an active nursing student, or just thinking about enrolling in nursing school, keeping up with nursing trends can help you make smart decisions about your future in the field. Here are three of the major nursing trends to keep your eye on, according to a recent report from the National League of Nursing (NLN). 1. Changing Demographics and Diversity  By 2020, more than 20 percent of the American population is expected to be 65 or older; the fastest growing age group w ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Health Care Education, Flexible College Options, Careers, Online Education, Nursing Degrees, Scholarships

  • Reminder – Just a Few Days Left to Take Our Important Adult Learner Survey!

    Posted on September 15, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    We are conducting a survey to learn more about the decisions that lead adult learners to seek a college degree. Your participation is a critical part of this important research and your feedback is greatly appreciated. You Feedback Can Help Us Get Better  This online survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take our Adult Learners survey. Share This Survey We encourage you to share this survey with any prospective adult learners you know: Thank You We value your insight and your time! ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes

  • How To Pick the Right College Major 

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Your major can determine the work you do, the income you earn, even the people you meet and places you go. Choosing your major is an exciting and sometimes intimidating process. It’s a choice that can shape your future. How can you be sure you’re making the “right” choice? Well, we’ve got some news for you… There’s No Real “Right” or “Wrong” Choice  You are already setting yourself up for success, simply by earning a degree. Your education will open doors for you, improve your job prospects, and bring you a new perspective on the world. What’s important now is to choose a major that will help you create the life you want in the future. In every sphere—science, education, arts, business and so on—there are many ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, Online Degrees, Competency Based Education

  • Take Our Prospective Adult Learner Survey

    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    We are conducting a survey to learn more about the decisions that lead adult learners to seek a college degree. Your participation is a critical part of this important research and your feedback is greatly appreciated. This online survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. We value your insight and your time. Click here to take our Adult Learners survey. We encourage you to share this survey link to any prospective adult learner students you know: ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Flexible College Options, Online Education, Applying to College, Paying for College, Higher Education, Partner College

  • Tips for Military to Civilian Career Transition

    Posted on September 5, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    The transition from a military to civilian career path doesn’t have to be impossible. There are numerous resources available that help you take that next step in your professional career. Consider, for example, that educational institutions may offer academic credit for your military experience to accelerate your bachelor's degree completion and help prepare you for career opportunities. When embarking on a military career transition, it is important to remember that you have a great deal of professional experience and although your world has likely consisted of military employees, a minimal percentage of the nation’s population has served in the military. That is why it is essential to have your past experience assessed for academic c ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, Online Degrees, Military Education Benefits, Transferring College Credit, Partner College

  • Getting Your Degree Online: 5 Tips for Success

    Posted on September 4, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    By Danika Rockett, Ph.D. If you’re like millions of other students, you probably realize how convenient and cost-effective online courses can be. At StraighterLine, we want to help you obtain the degree that you want so you can have the career of your dreams. To help you along this path, here are some tips for succeeding in online courses: 1 - Create a schedule. We understand that you’re most likely busy juggling life, work, and school. The good news is that your StraighterLine courses are self-paced, and you are free to complete them at your convenience. Still, it’s a great idea to devise a schedule that works for you to keep you on track for achieving your goals. Creating a schedule can help you stay organized, too. Ideally, try to ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Study Skills, Online Education, Online Degrees

  • Western International University Added to Partner College Scholarships 

    Posted on September 3, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Our Partner College Scholarship program is growing again! We are proud to welcome Western International University as our newest participating partner college. Save up to 44% on Your Degree with a Western International University Scholarship & StraighterLine Western International University is one of a growing number of StraighterLine Partner Colleges to launch a benefit program exclusively for StraighterLine transfer students. Here’s how it works: Complete just 4 StraighterLine courses to be eligible for a Western International University Scholarship. Take the maximum number of courses at StraighterLine that fit into your degree program and save even more on your degree from Western International University. Your Degree Is Now ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Paying for College, Online Degrees, Partner College, Scholarships

  • 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

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