Straighterline Blog - News You Can Use to Get Your College Degree
  • Straighterline partner Western Governors University is transforming how working adults get their degree. Find out why there’s a buzz about competency based education!

    Posted on October 22, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Considering they just celebrated their student #50,000, we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about one of our favorite partners, Western Governors University. Innovative, award-winning and truly affordable, Western Governors University (WGU) offers online, accredited, competency-based degree programs for working adults looking to advance their career in an educational setting that fits with their busy lives. StraighterLine + WGU… An Award Winning Partnership We know WGU well as the two institutions have worked together closely since 2010.  Over the years WGU has been a popular destination for StraighterLine students, while StraighterLine is a place WGU refers students who need prerequisites or other courses prior to admi ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Health Care Education, Online Education, Distance Learning, Online Degrees, Nursing Degrees, Partner College, Scholarships, Competency Based Education

  • 2 New Course Options - Become a Social Entrepreneur

    Posted on October 21, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    If you see solutions where others see only problems, you have the mindset of a social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurs find new ways to improve society, solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and create social value as well as profits. Perhaps your social venture will be the next Sanergy, which builds healthy communities by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible. Or maybe yours is more in line with The Water Project, which provides clean water to people who live in rural areas around the world. "Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the c ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Earn College Credit, Business Degrees

  • How a Math Teacher Saved Big on His Degree with Online College Courses. A StraighterLine Success Story.

    Posted on October 16, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Before deciding to enroll at StraighterLine partner Excelsior College, Peter Kennedy had over a hundred existing college credits earned from 3 different countries, yet had never officially earned his college degree.  Even though he had been a math teacher for years, Peter knew it was time to get his diploma. Lots of Credits, No Degree Peter took stock of his accumulated college credits and made the decision that he would consolidate them – and earn a degree in Natural Science from Excelsior College. While he was enrolling at Excelsior, he came across an online article about StraighterLine – and determined that taking StraighterLine online college courses would be the quickest and most cost-effective way ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Success Stories, Online Education, College Tuition, College Costs, Online Degrees, Partner College

  • Everything You Need To Know About Competency Based Education

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Want to learn how to reduce the cost of your college degree? This infographic provides a visual guide to everything you need to know about competency based education (CBE). It shows the evolution of alternative credit pathways throughout the history of higher ed, highlights the dramatic difference in costs between degree program types, and shows why competency based education is rapidly becoming the solution of choice for adult learners who want to get credit for life experience. What are your thoughts around the future of higher ed and competency based education (CBE)? Are you enrolled in a competency based degree program? We’d love to hear how CBE has helped you earn your degree faster, and more affordably. Let us know in the comments ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, College Costs, Distance Learning, Online Degrees, Competency Based Education

  • StraighterLine Military Partner Colleges & 2 New Pathways to Save On Your College Degree - Partner College Highlights

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    We’re pleased to welcome Truckee Meadows Community College as our newest partner college. Also this month, we welcome Western International University as our latest participating partner in the StraighterLine Partner College Scholarship network. We’re also excited to spotlight our military partner colleges: schools dedicated to providing a high quality, low cost, flexible education to current military members, veterans – and their families. Whether a new addition to our partner college network, a recent scholarship partner, or a military-friendly university, all StraighterLine partner colleges are committed to providing affordable and flexible degree pathways for our students. When you enroll at any one of our 70+ Partner Colleges ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Paying for College, Online Degrees, Military Education Benefits, Partner College, Scholarships

  • How A Working Adult Got On Track to Earn An Accounting Degree in Less Than 3 Years. A StraighterLine Success Story.

    Posted on October 2, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    When Nardy Doyle decided to it was time to earn her degree in accounting, she didn’t want to wait. Even though she works one full-time and one part-time job, she was determined to earn her degree as quickly, cost effectively and efficiently as possible. Here’s how she used online college courses to rapidly earn the general education credits she needed for her degree– and accommodate her more than full time work schedule: Taking Full Advantage of College Courses That Are Guaranteed to Transfer Having a strong background in mathematics, Nardy wanted to get credit for material she already knew.  When she first enrolled at Strayer University, a StraighterLine Partner College, she was told her existing credits wouldn’t transfer. That’ ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Success Stories, Online Education, College Tuition, College Costs, Online Degrees, Transferring College Credit, Partner College

  • Education is Expensive – Lowering the Cost of College 

    Posted on September 29, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    College is expensive. With tuition going up by 70 percent or more in some parts of the country, even a public education seems to be slipping out of reach for a population whose earnings haven’t gone up at the same rate. At the same time, a college degree is more important than ever for students seeking well-paying careers. The solution for a generation of students: taking out loans to pay for education, and entering into costly payment plans. But as tuitions continue to rise, many people are questioning that concept too. Just how much debt should a young person take on? Is there another way to make college affordable? There is another way, one that is quickly picking up steam: enrolling with affordable, accredited online institutions. H ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Cost of Education, Online Education, College Tuition, Paying for College, College Costs

  • Finding The Best Scholarships Online

    Posted on September 25, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    Whether you are looking to earn your degree online, on-campus, or through a competency-based education program, one of the best (and yes, old school) ways of lowering your cost of college is by getting a scholarship. When adult learners first start considering a college degree, one of their most pressing concerns is how to afford it. A quality scholarship can make all the difference. Scholarship Help Is Available to Students Like You – Really Around $46 billion in scholarships and grant money is given out each year through individual colleges and universities as well as the U.S. Department of Education. $3.3 billion in funding is also provided annually by private sector organizations like corporations, associations, and fo ... Read More

    Categories: Online Classes, Cost of Education, Paying for College, College Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships

  • 3 Must Do’s to Get a Promotion in Your Sales and Customer Support Career

    Posted on September 22, 2014 by Beth Dumbauld

    By: Jackie Vetrano Organizations dedicate a large amount of time and energy into their brand - increasingly individuals are doing the same. From logo to tagline, from tweet to post, an overall impression is created prior to any one-on-one interaction. As important as it is for organizations to build the perfect website or create suitable print materials, you should also consider investing an equal amount of time developing the sales and customer service skills necessary to take your career to the next level. Here are three simple ways for you to propel your sales or customer support career today: Get Positive Positive customer experiences are a result of many different interactions that a prospect has with an organization. The quality of ... Read More

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

  • 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

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