July 2012

  • The Online Degree Stigma Is Gone

    Barry Lenson

    The Online Degree Stigma Is Gone Education has always been part of our national dream.  Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Ben Franklin started a school that later became The University of Pennsylvania. There’s no doubt that the history of American higher education is one of high ambitions and lofty achievements.  Yet there is a darker side to the story too. For years, uninformed people have looked down their noses at certain educational institutions like these . . . State colleges and universities were seen as second class, because they admitted students who were not members of America’s elite families.  They even appealed to students who wanted to save money. Community colleges were seen as worse tha ...

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  • Save Money with StraighterLine, Buy Some Cool Stuff

    Barry Lenson

    Save Money with StraighterLine, Buy Some Cool Stuff Over the past weeks, we’ve covered some pretty serious topics like criminal justice and even pink eye. We’re going to lighten things up today by asking a different kind of question . . . If you took part in StraighterLine’s Freshman Year of College for $999 program,  what kind of cool things could you buy?  For sake of argument, let’s assume that instead of spending $24,000 to go to a state university for your freshman year, you’re going to spend only $999 at StraighterLine. That means that you now have about $23,000 in your pocket. Here are some suggestions for stuff you could buy for that much money . . . A new Subaru BRZ – This is one hot new sports coupe.  It ...

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  • Your Nutritional Questions Answered: Are trans fats unhealthier than saturated fats?

    Beth Dumbauld

    Are trans fats unhealthier than saturated fats? Is margarine or butter healthier? Are foods that contain trans fats less healthy to eat than foods that contain saturated fats? That’s a question you’ll cover in your online nutrition 101 class. Almost everybody has to take a nutrition class these days, so you might as well get a head start! Trans fats are artificial fats that are created through a chemical process called hydrogenation. They were invented to replace saturated fats, which are more natural and costly. Shortly after trans fats were introduced, they started to find their way into all kinds of commercial food products. Studies then started to determine that trans fats are unhealthy. For example, one study of 80,000 women ...

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  • Medical Terminology Made Simple: Pink Eye

    Barry Lenson

    Medical Terminology Made Simple: Pink Eye As a service to students who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is running short posts on medical terms. Each post will define one medical problem or condition. Today’s medical term is. . . Pink Eye Pink eye, which is also called conjunctivitis, is a reddening of the white part of the eye. It is pretty common during the summer months, when people come into contact with chlorine in swimming pools and other irritants, such as blowing dust or sand. But irritants don’t cause pink eye. They merely irritate the mucous layer that covers the eye, making it more likely that a viral or bacterial infection will occur.  To make it worse, pink eye is c ...

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  • When Do You Study Online?

    Barry Lenson

    When Do You Study Online? When do you study online? A discussion of that question is currently in full swing on the StraighterLine Facebook page. Here’s what people have said so far. Be sure to visit the page and add your comments too! “mornin at the last minute like always” – Makayla Gomez “Whenever my kids let me!” Amanda Lynn Wrege “That is the great thing about online learning, I can do it when I want to! I prefer nighttime because I'm just a night owl but life necessitates I do it in the morning or I end up missing everything going on with my family. I commute to work on a train and fit some studying in there on the way to and from work and then I try to get a lot done early Saturday and Sunday morning ...

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