December 2011

  • How Do StraighterLine Online Courses Work?

    Barry Lenson

    How Do StraighterLine Online Courses Work? We get a lot of questions about our online college courses. Today, we are going to answer some of the most common ones that students ask about how our courses work. Q: Can you give me an overview of StraighterLine courses? The courses we offer are all self-paced, meaning you can start the course whenever you would like and complete it within a time frame that fits your schedule. Most courses are designed to fulfill the general course requirements that students need to take before completing a college degree. Q: How long will it take me to complete a StraighterLine course? On average it takes a student 40 days to complete an online course. However, the time commitment can depend on the ...

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  • Online Education: Is It Right for Me?

    Barry Lenson

    Online Education: Is It Right for Me? Technology always makes people pause and wonder. If you think back over the years, you realize that people have always expressed doubts about the value of new technology . . . Back around 2000 B.C., people were saying, “Why would I ever want a bronze spear point when my old flint tip does a fine job of bringing down gazelles?” Back around 1850, people were saying, “Why would I ever want a toilet in my house when my outhouse suits me fine?” Back around 1910, people were saying, “I love my horse. Why would I ever want an automobile?” Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, people were wondering, “Why should I pay money to watch television over a cable? It’s already out there in the a ...

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  • Cool Holiday Presents for College Students

    Barry Lenson

    Cool Holiday Presents for College Students If you’re clueless about what to buy a college student for the holidays, your good friends at StraighterLine are happy to offer some advice. The first thing is, stay away from technology. You probably think it is a nifty idea to give something high-tech, like an iPad docking station or a solar cell phone charger or a headphones. But it’s risky, and chances are pretty good that you will buy the wrong thing. The only safe way to buy technology is to ask your student exactly what he or she wants or buy a gift card to an electronics retailer. (See below.) But don’t give up. Here are some great gift choices – most priced at less than $100 . . . Luxury soap, lotions and other goo. Casw ...

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  • Top 2011 Posts on Advancing Your Education and Career

    Barry Lenson

    Top 2011 Posts on Advancing Your Education and Career Now that 2012 is only a few calendar pages away, it’s time to look back at some of the most useful posts from the last six months on the StraighterLine blog! If you like this post and find it useful, let us know! We’ll be glad to post a summary of useful posts from the first half of 2011. Wishing you every success in the year ahead! Kick Off Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions with Online Learning, November 22, 2011 Closed out of Classes? Now You Have a Fallback Plan!, November 21, 2011 Why It Pays to Think Like an Ant When Getting Into College, November 20, 2011 Busted Myth of the Week: You’re Too Old to Go to College, November 18, 2011 Paying More . ...

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  • Student Profile: Sgt. Damian Baker

    Barry Lenson

    Student Profile: Sgt. Damian Baker Damian Baker, a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At age 22, Damian is one of those brave young Americans who work hard and earn the gratitude of all Americans every day. The same thanks go to all the members of Damian’s family too – his wife Shandez, his parents and sisters who live in Fort Meyers, Florida, and even to his dog Inca. We are proud that Damian chose StraighterLine to further his education while he is in the Marine Corps. We recently asked him about his experience as a student at StraighterLine, and here is what he told us. StraighterLine: What motivated you to start taking courses at StraighterLine? Damian Baker: ...

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