December 2012

  • Meet Professor Aimee McKinney

    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 Aimee McKinney: What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct? There are lots of exciting components to Straighterline’s Professor Direct!   It ...

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  • New Credit-by-Examination Options from the New StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons You’re probably familiar with some CBEs already, like the AP test or CLEP exams. But now, at StraighterLine, we offer more than 30 new credit-bearing tests, as well as additional options like the PLA, and non-credit bearing tests that can help you land a job. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! With a test for credit, you still need to study. But when you’re ready, you can take a single exam, and if you score well, you can earn credit on your transcript and avoid taking that course wherever you choose to pursue your degree. In this post, we’ll take a look at two types of credit bearing tests, Excelsior College Exams and the PLA, and two non-credit bearing tests that are useful ...

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  • New Professor-Led and Cohort-Based Course Options from the New StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Welcome back. We hope you’re enjoying getting to know our new “campus.” We’re pretty proud of it, especially because we’ve incorporated many of the latest advances to continue to bring you the best options in online college courses. In keeping with our commitment to give you more choices for pursuing your college degree, we’re happy to announce our newest innovations in course offerings: professor-led courses and cohort-based courses. In the past, all of our courses have been self-paced courses that you take on your own. You’ll still have that option, but now you’ll also have the opportunity to choose courses that are led by professors, as well as courses that you take as part of a small group of s ...

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  • Welcome to the New StraighterLine!

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons When a traditional brick and mortar school starts bursting at the seams with too many students and not enough space, they build a new dorm, expand their student center, knock down some trees and put up a new building or two with more classrooms. When an online college course provider like StraighterLine expands, we do it by launching a bigger, better website complete with new functionality, more courses and even a few surprises. Welcome to StraighterLine 2.0. Over the next few days on the blog, we’ll be looking at some of the most important changes that will make your experience as a StraighterLine student better than ever, including: 15 New College Courses Professor-Led Courses Cohort-Based Courses ...

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  • Don’t Let College Become Your Personal Fiscal Cliff

    Barry Lenson

    What exactly is the fiscal cliff that’s been making the news lately? You can define it in many different ways. (The taxes go up, up, up, and the services go down, down, down. That’s one way.) But when you boil it all down, you realize that the fiscal cliff can be defined as . . . A situation in which there simply isn’t enough money coming in to pay all the expenses that are going out. And something needs to be corrected, or the economy will fall of a precipice. As former president Bill Clinton said that the Democratic National Convention, such problems can be stated simply: “the math doesn’t work.” As we know, not only governments get into situations where the math doesn’t work. People who borrow money to buy houses f ...

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