January 2013

  • Community College Courses Most Likely to Be Closed Out

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re a college student, you know that the day you get to sign up for classes online is a lot like lining up to start a marathon. You and everybody else fire up your computers at the same moment. With luck, your college’s server is robust and you can get logged on. And with still more luck, you can get into the course you need. But in many cases, you can’t. That’s why more and more community college students are using online courses as back-up choices. How many students at community colleges are opting for online courses that are offered by institutions that are not their community colleges? Up-to-the-minute statistics are not available. However, here are the results of a study of 1,205 community college students conducted by ...

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  • Parents: How to Get Your Waitlisted Community College Kid Back into Class

    Barry Lenson

    Above: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey Discusses the  National Couch Potato Crisis Junior or Junette seems to be spending a ton of time on the couch these days. And there seems to be a good reason. He or she was planning to take courses this term in a community college near you. But now those courses have been cancelled. Or they’re full. And when you ask your kid to describe his or her “Plan B” for getting back into class, he or she mumbles something inaudible and fires up another episode of “Girls” on HBO. Well, you can’t really blame your kid. Or can you? After all, being shut out of a class seems like a pretty ironclad reason for lying around for a couple of months until it is possible to try again. “Hey ...

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  • Community College vs. Online Courses

    Barry Lenson

    We’ve been writing a series of posts on this blog about the community college crisis in California. Budgets and classes have been cut. Students are being shut out of classes, and many of them are making the decision to take courses online instead of waiting for classes to open up at their regular schools. So, is taking an online course here at StraighterLine better than taking the same course at your community college? Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you make that decision . . . Course availability. As we noted above, it is getting more and more difficult to enroll in courses in community colleges. Classrooms are full and courses are being cancelled. In contrast, all the courses at StraighterLine are available 24/7. ...

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  • University of Maryland University College a Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re looking for a university with a worldwide reputation for educational innovation and excellence, we would like to direct your attention to the University of Maryland University College. Because UMUC is one of StraighterLine’s partner colleges, you can begin your studies there after completing coursework at StraighterLine. UMUC also accepts many of StraighterLine’s college-level courses for full credit. Here is some information that StraighterLine would like you to know about this unique educational opportunity. A University that is Deeply Committed to the U.S. Military and Veterans . . . University of Maryland University College opened its doors in 1947 and began to offer classes to veterans who were returning ...

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  • Students, Students Everywhere: It Will Take Online Learning to Educate them All

    Barry Lenson

    The U.S. Census Bureau announced that 315.1 million people will be living in the United States as the years 2013 starts. “That is an increase of 2.3 million people or 0.73 percent from Jan. 1 2012,” according to a recent Reuters article. “It is also a gain of 6.3 million people or 2.05 percent since the last census in April 2010.” According to the CIA World Factbook, there are currently 17.5 million students enrolled in post-high school educational programs in the U.S. So if you smash those statistics together, you can determine pretty quickly that America is now educating only five percent its total current population beyond the high school level. Granted, those are rough numbers, and not all of America’s 315.1 million people ...

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