July 2013

  • Tuition Costs Have Risen Faster than the Costs of Just About Everything Else

    Barry Lenson

    Are you going to college? Are you thinking of going to college? Do you have a son or daughter who is? Sorry to start today’s post with that blast of questions. But if you answered yes to any of them, your wallet is about to be under fire. (Actually, it is going to feel like a five-point buck on the first day of deer hunting season.) Because college tuition costs are continuing to surge. We recently found an infographic that CourseSmart ®, the eTextbook developer, put together to illustrate how college costs have increased faster than the prices of just about everything else.  You can check out the infographic  But let’s summarize just a few statistics from it. Since 1978 . . . Average college tuition has increased 1120% ...

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  • Strayer University’s StrayerBuzz Delivers Cutting-Edge Advice for Today’s Students

    Barry Lenson

    We’re proud that Strayer University is a StraighterLine Partner College.  Strayer is a unique institution that was founded to meet the needs of working adults. You can take classes online, in a classroom at one of Strayer’s many regional campuses – or you can take a combination of online and in-classroom classes. Strayer is unique in other ways too. It strives to keep its costs low  and even offers a unique program of financial aid for online students.  And if all that isn’t enough to convince you to investigate Strayer, Strayer actively welcomes veterans and members of the military.  The university even offers scholarships to service members who are on active duty. And Now Strayer Offers Even More . . . StrayerBuzz, a ...

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  • The Hard and Easy Ways to Transfer Credits

    Barry Lenson

    Transferring credits from your old college to your new one ought to be pretty easy, right? You supply a transcript, your new school looks at it and awards you credit.  Right. But hold on . . . The Hard Way But as often happens in colleges, things get overcomplicated. Let’s look at the following explanation of how to transfer credits that I just yanked from one college’s website. (I changed the name of the college because I didn’t want to let the whole world know just how ridiculous it really is.) But here goes . . . Students who enter The University of Antarctica with 13 or more credits (52 semester credits total) accepted in transfer are considered Advanced Transfer Students. The Core Curriculum will be adjusted for adv ...

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  • Can StraighterLine Get You to Paris this Summer?

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Danielle Koons Yes, StraighterLine can totally get you to Paris this summer. Unless you don’t want to go to Paris… in which case StraighterLine can get you to London. Or Berlin. Or Candy Mountain. You know what? StraighterLine can get you wherever you want to go. (Awesome metaphor here.) StraighterLine online college courses are a great way to save money and get done with college faster, which gets you on those cool road trips sooner. And if you decide to go on a trip this summer while still taking courses, you can finish up assignments wherever you are. Behold the beauty of online classes. I wish I were taking summer classes at StraighterLine. Most of my conversations with friends over the summer go like this: Friends: ...

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  • New White House ConnectEd Initiative Will Help Schools Boost Internet Access

    Barry Lenson

    The White House has just announced a new initiative called ConnectEd that plans to bring high-speed Internet access to 99% of America’s pre-college students within the next five years. Hey, we don’t need that, right? I mean, America leads the world when it comes to putting computers in classrooms, right? No, wrong.  The fact is, America needs to ramp up Internet access in classrooms, and we need to do it now. Here are some of the reasons why, as explained in a recent post by Megan Slack on the White House Blog . . . Fewer than 20% of American teachers say that the Internet connections they are using are fast enough to support their learning needs. Look at that statistic again . . . fewer than 20%! Our educational technology ...

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