February 2012

  • College Algebra: StraighterLine Launches Free Instructional Videos Online

    Barry Lenson

    College Algebra Online New Videos Explain the Concepts   If you’re studying college algebra – or haven’t in a while and want to brush up – now’s your chance to review and learn college algebra online, thanks to a series of free new videos that StraighterLine has just launched on YouTube. If you want to sample one of these free math classes online, it’s easy. Just watch StraighterLine’s newest free YouTube video, “College Algebra - Add or Subtract Rational Expressions.” This video offers step-by-step guidance on how to complete the subtraction problem that is shown to your left.  Looks complicated, doesn’t it? It sure does, with all those complex statements in the numerators and denominators in both the f ...

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  • American Higher Education is Changing Fast: New Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau

    Barry Lenson

    American Higher Education is Changing Fast: New Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau If you think that nothing much is changing in American higher education, some statistics just released by the U.S. Census Bureau will surely change your mind. Here are some trends you will want to know about . . . For the first time ever, more than 30% of Americans aged 25+ have earned a bachelor’s degree. That’s a big change. Back in 1998, fewer than 25% of Americans older than age 25 did. Hispanic-Americans are earning college degrees at a remarkably high rate. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of Hispanics who hold a bachelor's or a higher degree increased from 2.1 million to 3.8 million. That’s a jump of 80%. College graduates we ...

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  • An Invitation for Working Mothers to Go Back to College

    Barry Lenson

    An Invitation for Working Mothers to Go Back to College Are you a working mother or a single mother who would like to earn a college degree? If so, you already have earned our respect, because you are thinking about taking on one big challenge.  Raising your children is a big enough job to take on, all by itself. When you add the additional challenges of earning a living and going to college, you could be taxing your resources to their limits. Yet here is a compelling reason why you should be thinking about earning a college degree: You can increase your earning potential and give your family more financial security if you go back to school to earn a degree. A study completed by The College Board in 2010 determined that families ...

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  • Five Strategies for Students who Want to Land their First Jobs

    Barry Lenson

    Five Strategies for Students who Want to Land their First Jobs Are you about to graduate from college? If so, congratulations. But . . . how are you going to get a job? As everyone knows, competition for available jobs is fierce in today’s workplace. But don’t despair. Use these strategies to get an advantage over your competition . . . Sheer speed! Create a list of potential employers and visit their Websites daily. As soon as you see a job listed, customize your resume and apply immediately. Your goal is to be among the first candidates to apply - before the job is advertised on Monster.com or other external job boards. Stay in touch with your former classmates. They can be terrific sources of information about jobs. So ...

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  • Is There Such a Thing as an Online Prep School?

    Barry Lenson

    Is There Such a Thing as an Online Prep School? Not too long ago, the idea of an online college seemed pretty far-fetched to most people. But as we know, online colleges, and online college courses, are widely available today. What was once unthinkable is now becoming commonplace. Those changes make us wonder, is there such a thing as an online prep school too? And if not, why not? After all, lots of students could benefit from online preparation for college success. An online search for the terms “online prep school” and “online high school” doesn’t turn up much in search results. But if you’re interested in finishing up your high school online, or preparing for college that way, the fact is that online study can be ...

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