August 2011

  • Busted Myth of the Week: You Can’t Start College this Fall

    Barry Lenson

    Busted Myth of the Week: You Can’t Start College this Fall If your friends are packing their bags for college and you’re not, you probably assume that it is too late to join them and start college this September. Not so! Here are some options that will let you start college in the next few weeks, even if you haven’t enrolled yet. Check out course offerings at local community colleges. Community colleges are forgiving and user-friendly. Most all of them allow students to simply sign up and go to class, without having to take standardized tests, get letters of recommendation, fill out the common application online, or go through any of the other complicated application steps. Most require only a high school diploma and transcript. ...

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  • The New York Times Cites StraighterLine as a College Cost Innovator

    Barry Lenson

    The New York Times Cites StraighterLine as a College Cost Innovator “As Wikipedia upended the encyclopedia industry and iTunes changed the music business, these businesses have the potential to change higher education.” – Tamar Lewin writing in The New York Times, August 25, 2011 “Online Enterprises Gain Foothold as Path to a College Degree,” an article by educational reporter Tamar Lewin the August 25 New York Times, serves as a clear indication that educational alternatives like StraighterLine are getting noticed by the mainstream press. To quote from the article: “Ryan Yoder, 35, a computer programmer who had completed 72 credits at the University of South Florida years ago, signed up with an outfit called Straighterlin ...

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  • Hard Times for Students at San Francisco State University

    Barry Lenson

    When is an educational bargain not a bargain? We don’t know the answer to that question, but we do know that the students at San Francisco State University aren’t getting a lot of bang for their tuition bucks. You can read the story in “SFSU students compete for open class spots,” a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Although students pay only $6,442 a year in tuition at SFSU, their struggles must be similar to what students endured at the University of Moscow in the months before the fall of communism. (Actually, those Muscovite students might have had it better.) At SFSU, students have to enter lotteries to claim the few remaining open seats for classes that they need for graduation. If they don’t “win” an op ...

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  • Want to Save Money on Textbooks? This Could Help

    Barry Lenson

    Want to Save Money on Textbooks? This Could Help September is on the horizon. And for many students who are returning to college, that means a trip to the college bookstore to buy textbooks that can cost $150 or more – each! But we have recently learned about a textbook discount program that could help. It’s called the Textbook Renter $100,000 Textbook Giveaway. We haven’t had the opportunity to thoroughly test the program for ourselves, but to learn more, visit the program’s Facebook page. Our preliminary test of the program went like this . . . We had to have a Facebook account to take part in the giveaway. We went to the Textbook Renter $100,000 Textbook Giveaway page. We had to enter our name and email address to ...

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  • Doonesbury Highlights Current College Woes

    Barry Lenson

    Doonesbury Highlights Current College Woes A recent Doonesbury shows a college president looking out of his office window at the campus that lies outside. “To think this was a once proud institution,” he says. Then he adds mournfully, “I wonder what we were once proud of.” Then a college administrator comes into the president’s office and hands him a report that documents the fact that half of all college students learn nearly nothing during their first two years of study. Doonesbury doesn’t name what this report is, but it bears a striking resemblance to the book Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, which made a big splash earlier this year when it reported the same finding. Through the rest of the strip ...

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