October 2010

  • Busted Myth of the Week: It Takes 20 Years to Save $$$ for College

    Barry Lenson

    Have you heard the common wisdom that you can only go to college if your parents have been setting aside money for 15 years or more to pay for your education? It’s not true – not even today, when tuition costs are soaring higher and higher at most American Colleges and Universities. It’s not true because the cost of online education is dropping dramatically. In fact, our role in bringing low-cost college courses to students everywhere was recently noted on the Huffington Post, where blogger Tom Van Der Ark wrote, “A few new online colleges like StraighterLine offer an even cheaper do-it-yourself approach for $99 per month, or a freshman year for about $1,000 plus textbooks.” So even if you or your parents didn’t ...

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  • How About a Summit about Distance Learning, Mr. President?

    Barry Lenson

    President Obama launched a new educational initiative this week. Called Skills for America’s Future, it aims to build ties between businesses and community colleges. Here’s how President Obama describes what Skills for America's Future is all about . . . “The idea here is simple. We want to make it easier to connect students looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire. We want to help community colleges and employers create programs that match curricula in the classroom with the needs of the boardroom. We’ve already seen cases where this can work. Cisco, for example, has been working directly with community colleges to prepare students and workers for jobs ranging from work in broadband to health IT. And all over the coun ...

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  • Are America’s Most Expensive Colleges Also the Best?

    Barry Lenson

    Did you just hit the Mega Millions Lottery? Did Uncle Gustave just die and leave you his fleet of Greek oil tankers? Then why not attend one of the most expensive colleges in America? Nothing but the best, right?  Here’s a list of America’s 10 most expensive colleges for you to consider. Compiled by the editors of Forbes, this list totals up tuition, fees and room and board costs . . . Sarah Lawrence College: $57,556 Columbia University: $54,385 Bard College: $54,275 Wesleyan University: $53,976 Vanderbilt University: $53,660 University of Chicago: $53,364 Harvey Mudd College: $53,358 Georgetown University: $53,340 Bates College: $53,300 Is there a disconnect here? Just last August, Forbes created another list &ndash ...

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  • StraighterLine Takes the Fright Out of Higher Education

    Barry Lenson

    Are you looking forward to Halloween? I am. Classic horror movies will be on TV, every yard in the neighborhood will sprout a giant spider or gravestone, and a full moon will be shining. Boo! It’s fun to be scared on Halloween. It’s a lot less fun to be scared about other things in life. Take education, for example. Are you scared of stuff like this? You’re scared that you won’t get into college. You’re scared that you won’t be able to pay for your college education – or pay for your kids’. You’re worried because you don’t have a college degree, and you need one to get a job today. You’re scared that you’re not going to do well on the SAT, the ACT, or other standardized tests. You’re worried b ...

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  • Colorado State University-Global Campus: Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    StraighterLine’s Partner Colleges make it easy to get into a great college. You take courses at StraighterLine, transfer your credits to one of our Partner Colleges. And you’re in college. No long applications to fill out, no SATs to take, no waiting by the mailbox for your acceptance letter to arrive. StraighterLine now has 19 terrific Partner Colleges. Read about them all. But today, we’d like to highlight just one of them. It’s Colorado State-Global Campus, a cutting-edge, prestigious university that offers all of its learning online. About Colorado State-Global Campus As the newest campus in the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global Campus is focused on delivering 100% online degree programs to working profession ...

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