September 2011

  • The StraighterLine Freshman 15

    Barry Lenson

    The StraighterLine Freshman 15 Lots of first-year college students gain 15 pounds. Or at least, that’s what a lot of people say. According to the legend of the Freshman 15, as soon as students realize that they have meal plans that let them eat all they want at any cafeteria meal, they go wild and pile up on extra helpings of lasagna, carrot cake and quivering Jell-O with whip cream on top. (Think of John Belushi in the famous cafeteria scene in “Animal House.”) So if the Freshman 15 is genuine, that means that you are going to avoid it if you choose to take your freshman year of college online at StraighterLine, right? No meal plan, no lasagna, no carrot cake, no weight gain. Unless, of course, the contents of your fridge at h ...

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  • Financial Aid Expert Mark Kantrowitz Exposes Myths about College Scholarships

    Barry Lenson

    Financial Aid Expert Mark Kantrowitz Exposes Myths about College Scholarships We just found a terrific post entitled “Top 10 Myths about College Scholarships,” written by Becky Supiano on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Head Count Blog.  In her post, Supiano covers a speech given earlier this month at the NACAC conference by Mark Kantrowitz, who publishes the FinAid.com website. We urge you to set aside a little time to read the whole post and absorb Kantrowitz’s dissection of common scholarship myths. But until you do, here’s a brief rundown of a few of those myths and how they could be fooling you . . . Myth: Only students who earn straight A’s in high school get scholarships. Actually, there are plenty of scho ...

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  • Head-Scratcher: Are Online Courses Single-Sex Education?

    Barry Lenson

    Head-Scratcher: Are Online Courses Single-Sex Education? For years, it has been widely believed that single-sex education is a very positive practice, for girls especially. Studies have shown that girls learn better, especially in math and science, when no pushy, hand-raising boys are in the classroom. Studies have been harder to find about the effectiveness of single-sex education for boys. Maybe that’s because even if there are no girls around, boys will still make spitballs, leave their shirttails untucked, and belt each other in the ears when teachers are looking the other way. And girls, whether boys are there or not, will send each other text messages during class and use their smartphones to shop for jeans. But now a new study ...

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  • New Thinking: Will “Digital Badges” Take the Place of College Degrees?

    Barry Lenson

    New Thinking: Will “Digital Badges” Take the Place of College Degrees? Here’s a fascinating idea. What if it were possible to earn a credential that carried some of the weight of a college degree, but which cost less? There are already similar products in other areas of life – products that do their job for less cost than other, more standard products. You can buy a hybrid car, for example, that uses half the gas that a giant SUV does, but which still gets you to your destination. You can buy a tablet computer for half the cost of a full-featured laptop, and it will still let you play movies, access your emails and do a lot of the same stuff. You can buy low-fat ice cream that is delicious, but which doesn’t make you fat or cl ...

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  • Should a Bible College Be Part of Your Educational Plans?

    Barry Lenson

    Should a Bible College Be Part of Your Educational Plans? We’ve covered many different kinds of colleges on this blog, including two-year colleges, three-year colleges, community colleges, foreign colleges, for-profit colleges, and other varieties as well. But until now, we have not written about another kind of college that could figure prominently in the lives of many students – maybe you? I am referring to Bible colleges. This omission came to our attention recently when we came across a very useful post, “Top 10 Most Prestigious Bible Colleges in the U.S.” by Jennifer Stevens, who blogs for the BibleCollege.org site. We also found a useful list of online Bible colleges that appears on the website’s home page. Are there rea ...

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