June 2010

  • Going to College in America? Jump Start the Process with Remote Study

    Barry Lenson

    We have a suggestion for international students who want to study in the United States.  Why not start the process today, by taking college courses online? If your dream is to attend college in the United States, there are some compelling reasons why it makes sense to get started with the distance learning courses that we offer . . . You can start your education before you move to the United States. There’s no need to apply to an American college, get a student visa to study here, find housing in America – or even buy an airplane ticket. You simply enroll and start to study. What could be easier than that? The success you achieve in our courses can help you gain admission to American colleges, if that is your goal. ...

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  • Wal-Mart’s Cutting-Edge Job Benefit: College!

    Barry Lenson

    Last week Wal-Mart announced that it will offer 15% tuition assistance to as many as 1.4 million workers. Here are the outlines of the plan: To get the tuition assistance, employees have to work full-time for one year, or part time for three. They need positive job reviews. They need to enroll in American Public University, an online university that offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Wal-Mart and APU will allow some employees to receive college credit for what they have learned on the job. Offering college assistance to employees and their children is not a new idea. But Wal-Mart has taken the idea to a whole new level, by helping more than one million employees go to college. Seen from that perspective, Wa ...

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  • New Ways to Start College While You’re in High School

    Barry Lenson

    As college costs soar, more students are discovering the idea of earning college credits while they’re still in high school. Of course, this idea has been around for decades, in the form of advanced placement courses (AP Tests). But there are other initiatives that let students combine high school with college. Let’s take a closer look. What Bard College Is Doing Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, is an innovator. Back in 2008, he launched Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York. At BHSEC, students earn both high school diplomas and associate of arts degrees in just four years. The result? Students can usually earn a bachelors degree two years after finishing high school. The concept worked so well that ...

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  • Crazy Stories in American Higher Education

    Barry Lenson

      This has been a difficult year in American higher education. Tuition is soaring, endowments are shrinking, and horrid crimes have shaken campuses from coast to coast. But along with the grim news, some really funny things have happened too. Let’s take a look at some recent howlers from the world of higher education. Student Lies His Way into Harvard by Claiming He Is Fluent in Ancient Armenian A nice-looking young man named Adam Wheeler has been accused of defrauding Harvard of scholarship dollars. He got into that Ivy League university by claiming he had obtained a perfect SAT score (he didn’t), by claiming he had attended Phillips Andover and MIT (he didn’t), and that he was a scholar of ancient Armenian, among ot ...

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  • The Human Side of College Debt

    Barry Lenson

    If you graduated college owing a ton of money in student loans, here’s some news you should know: Declaring bankruptcy might not help you erase the loans that you took to finance your education. According to “When Good Loans Go Bad,” an article by Daniel L. Bennet in Forbes last week, “Rising delinquency and default rates indicate that borrowers are struggling to repay the loans that they took out to pay for college, especially in the midst of the current economic environment. The fact that student loans are unable to be dismissed in bankruptcy has created a financial nightmare for some borrowers. They're drowning in a mountain of student debt and can't collect the dividends that a college education is supposed to pay.” I ...

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