December 2012

  • What’s the Best Way to Spend Your Winter Break?

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re a college student, you’re already discovering that there are so many ways to spend your Winter break. You can reconnect with old friends from high school, put up decorations, head to the mall, chop wood with grandma or grandpa . . . or earn the college credits you need to graduate. As a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, a number of athletes are finding inexpensive online ways to earn college credits that they need in order to compete. “They've failed a class,” the article explains. “They've dropped another. Maybe they’re just short on credits. But they still want to play.” Many athletes are earning the credits they need online at Western Oklahoma State College. Even if you’re not a ...

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  • Meet Professor Dan Gryboski

    Jaime Dalbke

    Now that StraighterLine also offers professor-led online college courses, we thought you might want to know a little more about our professors. We’ve asked each of them to answer a series of questions to help you decide whether you want to enroll in their courses or stick with our more traditional self-paced courses. As with everything else here at StraighterLine, like publishing student course ratings and average pass rates, our goal is to give you the information you need to make the right choices for you. And with that, it’s time for you to get to know Professor Dan Gryboski: What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct? I think Professor Direct takes the uncertainty out of online education. Students are given ...

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  • Bill Gates on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and Online College Courses

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons What does a college dropout like Bill Gates know about education? Quite a lot, it turns out. We talked about the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve education on Bill’s birthday right here on the blog. Today, we’d like to/ talk about Bill’s support of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), one of the new assessments now available to StraighterLine students. (With the recent launch of the new StraighterLine, students have access to more than 30 credit-bearing tests and other assessments.) Gates wrote on his blog, The Gates Notes, that “most people would agree that skills like critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing—the things the [CLA] test does measure—are pretty i ...

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  • Meet Professor Corrine Hasbany

    Jaime Dalbke

    Now that StraighterLine also offers professor-led online college courses, we thought you might want to know a little more about our professors. We’ve asked each of them to answer a series of questions to help you decide whether you want to enroll in their courses or stick with our more traditional self-paced courses. As with everything else here at StraighterLine, like publishing student course ratings and average pass rates, our goal is to give you the information you need to make the right choices for you. And with that, it’s time for you to get to know Professor Corrine Hasbany: What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct Professor Direct provides students the opportunity to experience courses as if they were ...

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  • Keepin’ It Small ... Microbiology Course Now Available

    Barry Lenson

    We’re very pleased to announce that you are now able to study Microbiology at StraighterLine. Actually, you are able to choose from two Microbiology courses. One will be regular old Microbiology. The other will be Microbiology with a lab component, created for those of you who need to take science courses with lab components before you can graduate. Microbiology has been requested more than any other course by students who contact StraighterLine to ask about available classes. So there must be something especially desirable about the subject. What, exactly, is Microbiology? Why do so many people want to study it? I just did some searching online, and here’s what I learned. Microbiology is the study of one-celled and other micro ...

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