October 2011

  • "We provide ultra-affordable, online, general education courses directly ..."

    Barry Lenson

    “We provide ultra-affordable, online, general education courses directly . . .” excerpts from a new interview with StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith We’re happy to report that EdTechDigest.com just published a feature interview with our CEO, Burck Smith. We’re happy for two reasons, actually. First, the interview does a great job of explaining what StraighterLine is all about. Second, it offers a thought-provoking glimpse of where American higher education is headed in the months and years ahead. Here are a few excerpts from what Burck Smith has to say . . . Why technology hasn’t cut the cost of traditional college . . . “In every other industry, technology is a productivity tool. That hasn’t happened in education. In ot ...

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  • Medical Terminology Made Simple: Gallstones

    Barry Lenson

    Medical Terminology Made Simple: Gallstones As a service to students who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is running short posts on medical terminology. Each post will define one medical problem or condition. Today’s medical term is . . . Gallstones If you ever experience pain on the right side of your abdomen, centered two or three inches below your sternum, you could be suffering from gallstones. Gallstones are just what they sound like. They are hard, stone-like pebbles that form in the gallbladder. But before we go any further, here’s a quick explanation of what a gallbladder is and what it does. Your gallbladder is one of those vestigial organs that developed when prehistoric ...

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  • A Brief History of Student Loans in Three Newspaper Clippings

    Barry Lenson

    A Brief History of Student Loans in Three Newspaper Clippings The good news is, president Obama announced on October 26 that he is planning to introduce sweeping changes that will make it easier for students and former students to repay their college loans. Bravo! We are hoping that he will make changes that will reduce some of the back-breaking debt load that American students are carrying. But at the same time we are glad to hear of these plans and hope that they work, we are sobered to recall that politicians have been saying for years that they will take steps to help students pay for college. Often, they have made good on their promises - yet today, students are still unable to finance their educations. Here are three news clipping ...

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  • New Report: Community College Drop-Outs Cost American Taxpayers Almost $1 Billion a Year

    Barry Lenson

    New Report: Community College Drop-Outs Cost American Taxpayers Almost $1 Billion a Year Everybody loves community colleges. They teach skills that prepare students for real-world jobs. They help tens of thousands of American students get started in college. They save those students lots of money.  They provide a great alternative route to college for students who didn’t perform well in high school.  They also serve as a launching pad for students who want to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. And president Obama has stated that he is counting on community colleges to play a major role in increasing the number of American college graduates. Yet a report, “The Hidden Costs of Community Colleges,” just released by Am ...

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  • The Euro Disney Approach to Education

    Barry Lenson

    The Euro Disney Approach to Education After years of trying, it looks like Disneyland Paris, the French version of a Disney theme park, has finally gotten stabilized and is attracting visitors.  The question is, how long will it take for foreign versions of American universities to put down roots and become part of the landscape in the countries where they are located? Here are some U.S. universities that have branches abroad . . . New York University has opened a large second campus in Abu Dhabi and is reportedly planning something similar in China. Duke University is operating a medical school in Singapore. Northwestern University is soon to open a campus in Qatar. It all makes sense – at least on an operational level. I ...

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