June 2013

  • How Online Courses Can Help You Transfer Colleges

    Barry Lenson

    “A Third of Students Transfer Before Graduating, and Many Head Toward Community Colleges,” a 2012 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, cites statistics compiled by The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: “Transfer rates are similar for full- and part-time students, 32.6 and 33.9 percent, respectively . . .  More than a quarter of all transfers cross state lines, and students' preferred destination is public two-year institutions (except when those are the origin). The most common time for transfer, the report says, is in a student's second year.” So the message is clear. If you’re thinking of leaving your current college behind and transferring to another school, you’re not alone. And the good news is th ...

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  • Social Entrepreneurship Didn’t Start Last Year

    Barry Lenson

    [caption id="attachment_3801" align="alignright" width="251"] Dr. Jonas Salk, social entrepreneur, holding two bottles of his life-saving polio vaccine in 1957[/caption] If you have been reading recent articles about social entrepreneurs, you’ll be tempted to believe that they are a completely new breed of human that burst upon the scene about a decade ago. Sure, lots of today’s most noted social entrepreneurs are youthful people who think in new ways. But social entrepreneurs have been around for a very long time – for as long, in fact, as people have been finding ways to apply business solutions to improving the quality of people’s lives. Historical Social Entrepreneurs Here’s my short list of great social entreprene ...

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  • Get to Know StraighterLine with Me, Chris the Intern

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Christopher Lane Close your eyes (but keep reading) and imagine that you are a new intern—crazy I know—and you have just been given the opportunity to work for the greatest online education company. You do not have to run and get coffee. You do not wear a shirt that says “I am an intern, nice to not meet you too.” Instead you are treated like a king/queen and given trust in a huge social mission to bring affordable online education to all! Now open them. Wow, you daydream about interning at StraighterLine too? Hi! My name is Christopher – you can call me Chris – and I am currently living the dream as the new marketing intern at StraighterLine. My calendar entry for the very first day was quite normal – aside from t ...

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  • StraighterLine Student of the Month: Melissa Molina

    Barry Lenson

    Melissa Molina has taken seven StraighterLine classes, and she plans to take more. Why is she such a committed StraighterLine student? “I added the money up and discovered that they cost me an average of about $50 per class,” Melissa ways with a laugh.  But when you talk to this energetic young New Yorker, you learn that StraighterLine did more than just save her money. Here are notes from a recent conversation. StraighterLine:  What led you to StraighterLine? Melissa Molina:  There I was in my twenties. I had a good job as an office manager in a radiology practice, but I realized that if I wanted to advance my career, I needed to earn a college degree.  So I went online and found StraighterLine. I have to say, I was ...

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  • Upper Iowa University a StraighterLine Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    We are proud to announce that Upper Iowa University has become the latest StraighterLine Partner college. Better yet, Upper Iowa University could be just the college for you. Let’s take a closer look. About Upper Iowa University Because Upper Iowa University is a StraighterLine Partner College, it’s ready to accept the credits that you earn in the courses that you take at StraighterLine. Then you can apply directly for admission to the University. Upper Iowa University was recently named one of the best online programs in the United States by U.S. News. That’s no surprise to the students who have already discovered this fine school. Whether you're looking for an on-campus learning experience or global access to online a ...

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