October 2010

  • Which College is Right for Me?

    Barry Lenson

    Which College is Right for Me? That question is on the mind of tens of thousands of high school juniors this month as they whittle down their college choices and pick the schools where they will apply. Yet how successful will those students be in picking a college? Apparently, not very. Although hard data is difficult to find, it appears that as many as one-quarter of all American students will transfer or drop out of the schools that they first viewed as their top choices. (Even though U.S. News compiles statistics about college transfers for its annual college issue, definitive figures are hard to find.) And this lack of success is happening, even though students and their families are trying hard to gain admission to the best co ...

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  • Online Learning and the Military: PERFECT Together

    Barry Lenson

    Military Education Benefits and Online Learning PERFECT Together We just spent some time poking around a terrific Website for veterans and current members of the armed services. It’s Military.Com, and it’s jam-packed with practical articles and forums for current and returning military personnel. In a post on the site’s Educational Forum this week, a veteran named Greg asks a question that must be on the minds of many vets who are returning to civilian life: hello all i have been out of school for about a year now and want to go back. i am in the Army national guard with 100% tuition assistance and was wondering what colleges are good for online degrees and work well with military personnel especially in a deployment situation ...

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  • Busted Myth of the Week: It’s Best to Attend an Elite College

    Barry Lenson

    Busted Myth of the Week: It’s Best to Attend an Elite College You’ve probably heard that if you want to succeed, you have to attend the most prestigious college that you can. If possible, a college with a name that everyone will know when you say it. That’s bunk. Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, attended the University of Massachusetts. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computer, started his studies at Reed College, and then he dropped out and never completed a college degree at all. The fact is, people succeed today because of their skills, determination and imagination. And as you might notice, none of those factors has anything to do with attending a brand-name college. We’ll bust another myth next week. ...

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  • Adults Going Back to School and Others Favor Online Learning

    Barry Lenson

    Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States 2009, a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group, proves the point that online education is becoming the instructional option of choice for a growing number of Americans. “Online enrollments have continued to grow at rates far in excess of the total higher education student population, with the most recent data demonstrating no signs of slowing,” the report states. It supports that statement with these statistics: More than 4.6 million students were taking at least one online college course during the fall 2008 term. That’s a 17 percent increase over the number reported the previous year. The 17 percent online growth rate far exceeds the 1.2 percent growth ...

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  • Jefferson Community and Technical College: Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art college that can prepare you for some of today’s fastest-growing careers, take a close look at Jefferson Community and Technical College. It’s one of StraighterLine’s family of Partner Colleges. At JCTC, you can learn anytime and get on the fast track to a great job. About Jefferson Community and Technical College Jefferson Community and Technical College, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the largest of 16 colleges forming the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. A public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution, Jefferson is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.With 15,000 stud ...

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