May 2014

  • How a Teenage Father Became a Role Model

    Beth Dumbauld

    We are always pleased to share our student success stories with you, but what happens after our students graduate from our partner colleges and move up in their careers? By popular request, we’ve followed up with Nino Diaz, one of our most viewed StraighterLine Success Stories, to see how his life has changed since earning his bachelor’s degree and where his degree has taken him. When You’re Motivated to Earn a College Degree But… As a teenage father, Nino Diaz had to put his education on hold so he could work to support his family, but had a goal of earning his college degree before his son graduated from high school. He needed a way to complete courses on his schedule and he found Straigh ...

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  • 8 Most Inspiring College Graduation Moments of 2014

    Beth Dumbauld

    Congratulations, graduates! What a great year to earn your degree. The great news is, the Labor Department announced there were over 288,000 new jobs added last month! It’s a time to celebrate. From campuses in Boston to California to degrees earned 100% online, here are 8 of the most inspiring commencement speeches and graduation moments chosen from our partner colleges this year: University of Phoenix Sometimes you will fall, but that doesn’t mean you will fail. This University of Phoenix grad inspires students to conquer their own Mount Everest. Highlight: Proof that you can earn your degree and reach the highest peaks in life – and still give back to others.   Regis University This Flickr slide sh ...

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  • The Pathway to an Affordable College Degree [Infographic]

    Beth Dumbauld

    Thinking about going back to school but want to avoid a mountain of student debt? This infographic provides a visual guide to radically reducing the price of your college degree. It shows what steps to take to shrink the cost of college – including applying for scholarships, using low-cost online college courses to complete general education course requirements, and easily fitting them into an affordable degree plan. Not sure where to start? Get your free personalized degree plan today! How do you plan on lowering your cost of college? Let us know in the comments below. We have close to 100 partnership schools, see if your school is listed! Embed the above image on your site <a href="www.straighterline.com/blog/reduce-cost-of ...

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  • Partner College Scholarships Are Back by Popular Demand

    Beth Dumbauld

    We heard you! Our StraighterLine Partner College Scholarships are now back by popular demand. Your Degree Is Now Up To 50% More Affordable Participating Partner Colleges have designed scholarships and discounts especially for StraighterLine students to help cover the cost of tuition. The following universities currently participate in the scholarship program: Colorado State University Global Campus Concordia University-Saint Paul Excelsior College Liberty University Online Strayer University Western Governor’s University Get Started Now in 3 Easy Steps -- Sign Up Deadline: June 15, 2014 -- 1. Call your advisor: 2. Enroll in (at least) one StraighterLine course by June 15, 2014 3. Complete four or mo ...

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  • Competency Based Education: A History of the New New Thing

    Burck Smith

    The new new thing in higher education is Competency Based Education (CBE for short, and has also been referred to as “personalized learning”). It is an educational approach that shifts the balance between time and learning. CBE moves away from time being the constant (i.e. every student stays in the class for a semester, regardless of how quickly they learn), to learning being the constant (i.e. students demonstrate learning at their own pace, regardless of how much time it takes). Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! The Rise of Competency Based Education: Earning Credit for What You Know CBE programs are self-paced and online, provide academic tutors and mentors, rely on students passing one or more te ...

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