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  • 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 you degree program & save even more on your degree of University of Phoenix. Your Degree Is Now More Affordable All our Participating Partner Colleges have designed scholar ... Read More

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

  • A Brief History of Online Learning [Infographic]

    Posted on July 11, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Thinking about earning your degree online? Want to know more about the history of online education? This infographic provides a brief visual history of online learning. It shows the different roles that technology has played in the evolution of higher ed, provides the cultural context for advances made in distance learning, and highlights the rapid adoption of online courses. How have you used online learning in your life? We’d love to hear how technological advances have helped you earn your degree or advance your career. Let us know in the comments below.  Embed the above image on your site <a href=""><img src=" ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, College Education, Distance Learning, Online Degrees, MOOCS

  • 6 Qualities Every Nurse Needs: Is Nursing Right for You? 

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Nursing is a growing field, and a popular entry point into a career in medicine. The work may be unglamorous and demanding, but it is deeply rewarding: As a nurse, you have the power to save lives and make a real difference for your patients. Unlike many other jobs, becoming a nurse requires you to go through a significant amount of education and training. Before you commit to the cost and time of nursing school, it’s important to be sure that this career is right for you. Here are eight questions to ask yourself before you take your first class: 1. Are you a good communicator? Nurses are constantly communicating: listening to patients and their families, giving important medical information, and working with other nurses and doctors. ... Read More

    Categories: Health Care Education, Careers, Online Education, Online Degrees, Nursing Degrees

  • 3 New Pathways to Save On Your College Degree: StraighterLine New Partner College Highlights

    Posted on July 8, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    We’re excited to introduce three additional flexible and affordable partner pathways for adult learners looking to earn a college degree. With locations in Kentucky, Oregon, and Louisiana, our newest partner colleges are committed to providing affordable and flexible degree programs to StraighterLine students. As always, when you enroll at one of our 70+ Partner Colleges, we guarantee that you will receive full course credit for approved classes taken with StraighterLine. Sullivan University  KY & Online High Demand Degrees & Individual Focus Sullivan University offers degree programs online and on-campus. Sullivan University is Kentucky’s largest private university, offering higher education for people w ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Online Education, Partner College

  • 8 Time Management Tips for Adult College Students

    Posted on June 30, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    A successful college student is someone who knows how to manage their most critical resource – time. Here are 8 time management strategies to help adult learners like you fit college into your life: 1 - Establish priorities Not all tasks are essential. Make a prioritized list. Some tasks can wait. Some tasks can be delegated. Some tasks can be tossed. 2 - Know yourself Schedule highest priority tasks when you do your best work. Morning person or night owl ­– know who you are. 3 - Sleep. Be Healthy Stress reduces performance, as does lack of sleep. Be sure to get enough of both. Also, try walking or stretching between study activities to help clear your mind and reset your brain for new information. 4 - Build in flexibility An adult lea ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Study Skills, Online Education

  • 5 Emerging Work from Home Jobs for Online Students

    Posted on June 25, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Balancing work and school sometimes feels impossible, especially when you think of the time lost commuting to and from work. Just as more and more students are looking to attend college online, they’re now looking for work from home jobs. So what kinds of work from home jobs are out there for you? We’ve skipped through the scams and looked for those high demand jobs and career paths to help you work from home and build your future. Here’s our list the top five emerging work from home jobs for online students. 1. Market Research With the rise of big data, inbound marketing, and social selling, market research analysts play a big role in helping companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and what price consum ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Flexible College Options, Finding A Job, Online Education

  • The Do's and Don'ts of Taking Summer College Courses as an Adult Learner

    Posted on June 20, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    To advance in your career, you'll need to regularly upgrade your skills. This may mean taking a class or two this summer - or you may find that you need to earn a degree. Continuing your education online is particularly attractive to adult learners. Online education allows you to learn anywhere, anytime – and at your own pace. Before you enroll in classes this summer, here are several of the important do’s and don’ts of taking college courses that adult learners should consider: DO: Think about how your existing job or career could be enhanced by completing college courses this summer for credit. Could a couple of college courses be standing between you and a promotion? Could earning your degree make a signif ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Summer Classes, Careers, Professional Development

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