December 2011

  • Top 2011 Posts on Educational Trends

    Barry Lenson

    Top 2011 Posts on Educational Trends 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! New Study: Nearly One-Third of All College Students Are Now Taking Courses Online, November 27, 2011 Prison vs. Princeton: America Spends More on Jails than on Education, November 9, 2011 Radical Thinking from a College Consultant: The Government Should Regulate Tuition, November 7, 2011 Think Getting into College is Complicated in America? Students in other ...

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  • Occupy Wall Street Protests Are Only the Newest . . . The Biggest Student Protests in History

    Barry Lenson

    Occupy Wall Street Protests Are Only the Newest . . . The Biggest Student Protests in History “10 Biggest Protests in College History,” an article on GeneralStudiesDegree.net, will convince you that campus protests like the current Occupy events are nothing new on the American political landscape. In fact, students have been protesting for years. The article is pretty scary, because it reports that many student protests over the decades have resulted in violence and even death. Here are some of the historical protests that the article describes . . . The Columbia University Protests at Columbia University, New York, 1968. In April of that year, students protested the school’s affiliation with the Institute for Defense Analyses ...

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  • Getting Into College Made Easy: How to Get the Best Letters of Recommendation

    Barry Lenson

    Getting Into College Made Easy: How to Get the Best Letters of Recommendation Getting into college isn’t as difficult as it seems. Today we are kicking off a series of common-sense posts that prove that point. Let’s start by attacking this question . . . How can you get the best letters of recommendation?  You have to understand that there are three different kinds of letters of recommendation, and you have to handle them in different ways. Let’s take a look at how you can get the most benefit from each of them. Type One: A recommendation letter from your high school guidance counselor. Colleges want these letters for a very simple reason: they want a letter that places you within the context of your high school by of ...

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  • Year-End Educational Inventory

    Barry Lenson

    Year-End Educational Inventory While most of us are making resolutions for the New Year, here’s a suggestion. Why not look back at the year that is about to end and take an inventory of how much progress you made toward attaining your educational goals? The insights you gain could help as you set your resolutions and plans for the coming 12 months. Here are some questions to ask about your accomplishments in 2011 . . . Did you come closer to defining the career or work that you would like to pursue? □ yes □ no What do you plan to do about that in 2012? ______________________ Did you add new skills or knowledge that will be important in the future? □ yes □ no What do you plan to do about that in 2012? ______________ ...

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  • Move Your Education into High Gear in the New Year

    Barry Lenson

    Move Your Education into High Gear in the New Year The New Year’s resolutions in this post aren’t just any New Year’s resolutions. They are all resolutions that you can achieve by using computerized learning. Let’s take a closer look some important things you can achieve in 2012 by taking courses online . . . Learn more about a subject that has always interested you. It could be psychology, history, a science – you name it. Fill in an educational gap from your past. In my case, I had a very hard time passing algebra in high school, and now I am planning to take an online algebra course this year that will prove I can do it. (Never too late, right?) Start college. Now, that is no lightweight resolution for 2012.  But onli ...

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