June 2010

  • Scrambling the College Degree Timeline

    Barry Lenson

    Things have changed a lot since the days when I entered college, back around 1970. Back in those days, most of us started college right after we graduated from high school. We took the SAT test only once, and lived with the results we got. We applied to three or four colleges at most. And once we started college, very few of us took time off or transferred colleges. Things are a lot different today. For one thing, people are starting college at just about any time they want – after military service, after a period of working, or after their kids are grown up. What a great thing. And the timeline for completing a college degree is changing in other ways too. It is becoming commonplace for students to  . . . Cut time and save ...

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  • Does Your High School Guidance Counselor Know about StraighterLine?

    Barry Lenson

    Are you working with a high school guidance counselor? If so, it might be a good time to point out that StraighterLine’s courses can play an important role in preparing you for college . . . StraighterLine courses can help you make important career choices. If you think you might be interested in becoming an accountant, for example, why not take Accounting I at StraighterLine while you are still in high school? Or if you are thinking of majoring in business, why not take Business Statistics? The lessons you learn can guide you to the right career, and to the school that does the best job of preparing you for it. StraighterLine lets you prepare strategically for courses that your college will require. If you’ll have to take English ...

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  • Opensource Education: Why MIT, Yale and Big Players Are Giving Away Course Content for Free

    Barry Lenson

    In what could be the biggest educational give-away in history, a growing number of colleges and universities are making their course content available for free online. If you poke around the Internet, here is some of the free content you will discover .  . .  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is offering dozens of courses for free. Topics include anthropology, architecture, foreign languages, urban studies, writing, and many more. (Some lectures are made available through links to YouTube.) To review the courses offered, CLICK HERE Yale University, through its Yale Open Courses program, offers a growing number of full lecture courses.  Topics include art history, astronomy, classics, economics, psychology, religion, and mor ...

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  • How Suite It Is! Great hotel choices for distance learners

    Barry Lenson

    Are you taking your laptop along on vacation this summer? What a great idea. Since you’re a distance learner, there’s no need to put your learning on hold just because you’re on the move. Here’s a little advice for you. Consider staying at a hotel that offers suite-style accommodations. In a suite, you’ll have more room to set up an area for study – possibly in a different room from the one where your family or fellow travelers will sleep. That difference makes suites a great choice for students. Better yet, some suites offer very attractive packages. Let’s take a closer look. InTown Suites, a national chain, offers apartment-like units at very attractive prices - as low as $149-$299 a week. The only catches: You have ...

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  • A New Subprime Crises, Spurred by Educational Loans

    Barry Lenson

    “Subprime Goes to College,” an article by Steve Eisman in The New York Post last week, makes for explosive reading. We’d urge you to CLICK HERE to read every word, because it predicts an upcoming American financial crisis that could rival the subprime mortgage meltdown. This time, however, the collapse will not be caused by over-borrowing on mortgages, but on educational loans. It will be triggered mostly by defaults on Title IV government loans that students are pressured to take at for-profit universities and training schools. “The for-profit industry has grown at an extreme and unusual rate,” Eisman writes, “driven by easy access to government sponsored debt in the form of Title IV student loans, where the credit is ...

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