September 2011

  • New Study: StraighterLine Meets the Needs of a Diverse Student Population

    Barry Lenson

    New Study: Online Courses Meet the Needs of a Diverse Student Population What kind of student takes courses at StraighterLine? To find out, StraighterLine recently retained Hezel Associates LLC, a research company, to survey StraighterLine students about their experiences at our online school.  Burke Smith, StraighterLine’s founder, wanted firm data to answer a number of questions. Why had these students decided to take courses at StraighterLine? How satisfied were they with their courses? How did the costs compare to the cost of attending community colleges or other educational institutions? How easy was it for students to transfer the credits they had earned to colleges and universities? So, what kind of student is motivated to ta ...

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  • Washington Monthly Lavishes Praise on Western Governors University

    Barry Lenson

    Praise for Western Governors University “The College For-Profits Should Fear,” an article in Washington Monthly, lavishes much-deserved praise on Western Governors University, one of the StraighterLine family of Partner Colleges. The article, well worth reading, tells the story of a man named John Robinson, a Rhode Island native who decided to become a teacher after the experience of home-schooling his own son. He ran into a common obstacle that is faced by many adult students, however. How could he find time to go to college when he was already working a job and spending lots of time at home with his son? That’s when Robinson hit on the idea of attending college online. He began Googling and poking around and found Western Gov ...

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  • Why It Pays to Start College Online

    Barry Lenson

    Why It Pays to Start College Online Nearly all American colleges and universities have what is referred to as a core curriculum – a group of courses that all students are required to take before they graduate. (One notable exception is Brown University, which has abolished all curricular course requirements.) The problem is, it can cost you a lot of money to take those courses. And, as many students note, many of those college courses teach information that you will never use again in your life. Let’s look at some of the costs . . . If you are planning to attend this college, here are the non-major-related courses you need to take in order to graduate: 1 course in the arts (3 credit hours) 1 course in cultural diversit ...

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  • Should You Listen to Your High School Guidance Counselor?

    Barry Lenson

    Should You Listen to Your High School Guidance Counselor? “Can I Get a Little Advice Here?” a study from Public Agenda, reports that there are deep troubles in the way that American high schools offer college counseling to students. To quote from the report . . . “Unfortunately, recent studies of the guidance system as it operates in public schools today indicate that counselors are often overworked and underprepared when it comes to helping students make the best decisions about their lives after high school. A new survey of young adults aged 22 through 30 conducted by Public Agenda for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers disturbing confirmation that, at least in the eyes of students themselves, the system is failing. . ...

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  • Why Online Learning and Military Service Work Well Together

    Barry Lenson

    Why Online Learning and Military Service Work Well Together “I I have been out of school for about a year now and want to go back in. 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 like the one I am in.” – Greg Greg posted that question on Military.com, an online forum for veterans and current members of the U.S. armed services. And we have some suggestions for Greg and other military personnel who are looking for cost-effective ways to earn college credits . . . Consider online study. It’s ideally suited for people who are deployed anywhere in the world. When you are a distan ...

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