July 2010

  • Gov. Pawlenty may not have the right name, but he’s got the right idea

    Jaime Dalbke

    Gov. Pawlenty may not have the right name, but he’s got the right idea As we all know, politicians seem apt to make a few verbal gaffes in their careers (Joe Biden anyone?).  However, unlike a lot of exaggerated inaccuracies that come out of politicians’ mouths, Governor Tim Pawlenty only got one thing wrong with us – our name. In an interview with “Good Morning Minnesota” on July 9, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was describing his conversation with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on June 10 about an “iCollege.”  His idea of an “iCollege” was that a student could pull up their college courses on an iPhone or iPad for the low price of $199.  While describing the benefits of online college courses, he menti ...

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  • Fort Hays: A Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    If you’d like to earn a degree from a great university, why not consider Fort Hays State University?  Like all of StraighterLine’s partner colleges, Fort Hays State University will accept your StraighterLine college credits and let you start your college studies quickly. Fort Hays is a great choice for some very compelling reasons. Established in 1902 in Hays, Kansas, the university has an overall enrollment of more than 12,000 students, about half of whom are taking online college courses through FHSU's Virtual College. With more than 30 award-winning programs offered worldwide and over 500 courses available each semester, FHSU's Virtual College has become a global leader in online college education. Online college courses a ...

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  • Businessweek Names 20 College that Aren’t Worth the $$$

    Barry Lenson

    We’ve been saying for months that many colleges aren’t delivering good value – that they charge too much and deliver too little. We hesitated to write up a list of colleges in that category, because it just didn’t seem like a good idea to go around pointing fingers at anybody. Plus frankly, publishing a list of overvalued colleges seemed like a good way to get sued by one of them. But that worry has been lifted from our shoulders, because Bloomberg Businessweek just published a list of 20 colleges that offer, “Above-average costs and below-average return on investment.” You can read all about them in the Businessweek article, “20 Colleges with High Tuition, Low ROI.” And while you’re there, you can watch a slidesh ...

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  • Can Online Learning End America’s Dropout Crisis?

    Barry Lenson

    Please take a moment to visit DropOutNation.net, a website launched in 2005 by journalist RiShawn Biddle. You’ll find your visit informative, troubling – but inspiring too, because Biddle is doing remarkable things to keep young Americans from dropping out of high school. Here are just a few of the things you will learn on DropOutNation.net . . . High school dropouts aren’t deadbeats. Many are now entrepreneurs, businesspeople and responsible parents. A lot of them dropped out because they were under-served by their schools, or because family circumstances required them to withdraw from school. And many of them are trying diligently to return to high school and then go to college. Dropping out isn’t just an urban problem. ...

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  • Your Savings: $106 Million

    Barry Lenson

    The best things in life might not be free, but you can sure save a lot of money on them.  Let’s take a closer look . . . Save $335,000 on your next car. Why not treat yourself to a Rolls-Royce Phantom for $380,000? Great highway car. It’s got back seats that adjust, wood trim, Bluetooth, and navigation. Or you could buy a nice new Toyota Avalon for $34,500, similarly equipped. Your savings: $335,000. Save $10,960 on your next watch. Need a new watch? Okay, how about a Breguet Marine Automatique, for $11,160? It shows you the date and comes in a box that’s good for storing cufflinks and paperclips. But while you’re at the watch shop, ask to see Casio’s Pathfinder Triple Sensor watch too. It tosses in a ton more features than ...

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