July 2012

  • Is a Career in Forensic Psychology Right for You?

    Barry Lenson

    Is a Career in Forensic Psychology Right for You? If you like crime dramas like Law and Order or CSI, you know a thing or two about forensic psychology. Maybe you’re already thinking about becoming a forensic psychologist – a trained psychologist who specializes in understanding criminal thinking. It’s a fascinating profession. There are some very practical, sound reasons to consider becoming a forensic psychologist. The field offers a large and growing number of opportunities. With the right training, you could . . . Work as an expert witness who takes the stand to offer your opinion about child custody disputes, the mental competency of persons accused of crimes, insurance claims, and more. Start a consulting company a ...

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  • What is UExcel or UExcel Exam?

    Beth Dumbauld

    UExcel is a credit-by-exam (CBE) program offered through an alliance between Pearson, an education company, and Excelsior College. UExcel offers 8 exams in a variety of subjects which can help you earn college credit for what you already know. UExcel exams are currently offered for the following college-level subjects: Calculus College Writing Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Sociology Physics Political Science Spanish Language Statistics Students who pass UExcel exams earn college credit on an official transcript from Excelsior College. UExcel exams are also eligible for ACE CREDIT. Currently nearly 2,000 colleges consider UExcel exams for transfer credit. Since each college sets its own transfer credit po ...

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  • New Manufacturing Jobs Require Keener Math Skills

    Barry Lenson

    Jobs Require Keener Math Skills According to “For Manufacturing Jobs, Workers Brush Up On Math,” a recent report by Niala Boodhoo on NPR, 2 million manufacturing employees lost their jobs during the recent recession, and about 1.5 million of them are still out of work. Hiring is picking up. But what’s the key to finding a manufacturing job today, as the economy strengthens? According to Boodhoo . . . “Having basic math knowledge, especially of decimals, is important because of the precise inputs modern machines need . . . But calling these machines computerized is almost a misnomer because there are still plenty of manual calculations. And if you're off, even by a fraction, the equipment can crash.”  I took four years o ...

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  • Connecticut Woman Sells Historic Baseball to Pay off Her Son’s Med School Debt

    Barry Lenson

    Connecticut Woman Sells Historic Baseball to Pay off Her Son’s Med School Debt “Connecticut family selling Lou Gehrig's 1928 home run ball to pay med school debt,” a recent post on CBS Sports, tells the story of one family’s unusual solution to paying back educational loans. It seems that way back in 1928, a fan named Buddy Kurland went to see his beloved Yankees play the Cardinals. It wasn’t just any game. We’re talking about the World Series here. Babe Ruth was on base and Lou Gehrig belted a homer into the center-field stands. According to CBS Sports, Ruth said that the home run was Gehrig’s most significant home run up to that point in his career. Apparently Kurland was ready and waiting to catch the ball as it flew ...

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  • What Do Rich People Think about Online Learning?

    Barry Lenson

    What Do Rich People Think about Online Learning? Somebody recently asked me, “What do rich people think about online learning?” That struck me as an interesting question, but also a bit ill-conceived. After all, “rich people” don’t fit into any one neat group these days.  They don’t all wear ascots, have chauffeurs, keep stables of polo ponies, or belong to posh country clubs. Today, there are all kinds of wealthy people. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and a growing number of ebusiness entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are certainly rich, after all. Yet they certainly have embraced the use of computers in the educational process.  There are also other wealthy older executives who understand the embrace new technologies – pe ...

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