July 2014

  • Is Competency-Based Education the Answer to an Affordable College Degree? 

    Beth Dumbauld

    With competency-based education, adult learners are quickly jumping on a pathway to a far more affordable and flexible college degree. Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) programs cost between about $2,500 and $6,000 per year, and students can shave a year or more off their overall time to degree. Almost all competency-based learning programs accept ACE Credit recommended courses in transfer – and most are also StraighterLine partners. Where do the cost savings come from with competency-based education? In CBE programs, you pay to learn; you don’t pay for what you already know nor do you pay for “seat time.” The faster you master course material, the quicker your time to course completion and ...

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  • So You Want to Have a Career in the Sports Industry?  

    Beth Dumbauld

    If you are interested in a career in the sports industry, and are considering pursuing your Bachelor of Sports Science (BSS) Degree – you are making a smart move. A Bachelor of Sports Science degree is often the first step towards a career in the sports industry. What you can do with your sports science degree generally depends on your major. Typically, there are four majors within a sports science degree: Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies, and Sports Strength & Conditioning. BSS in Sports Management: If you are looking at being a member of a front-office team, an athletic director, or a facilities manager then this major is for you. Sports management majors take courses in Personnel Ma ...

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  • How an Online Student Efficiently Earned College Credits - and Improved Her Health. A StraighterLine Success Story. 

    Beth Dumbauld

    Why does this StraighterLine student look so triumphant? Well, this is Marsha Santos, moments after completing the 5K race requirement for our Personal Fitness (PE101) course! We were so excited about Marsha’s accomplishment that we decided to ask her a few questions about her experience at StraighterLine – and in the course. Marsha Santos’ Online Student Success Story: With children in the house and a health issue that affected how long she could read at one time, Marsha Santos found a way to commit to getting fit – and flexibly earn the college credits she needed for her degree program. Looking for an Efficient Way to Earn College Credit Straighterline was recommended to Marsha by partner college, We ...

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  • Are You Making the Most of Your High School Experience?

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Rachel Martin What is the purpose of high school? Is it the friends, the extra-curricular activities, or the high school experience? What if it is none of the above? High school is designed to prepare you for something greater - college, career, or whatever grand adventure comes next. Since the point of high school is to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, why not give yourself a head start by earning dual credit for what you are already learning? The first two years of college are usually a repeat of the final years of high school. General education subjects essentially reiterate what was already learned. Dual credit provides an excellent opportunity to earn college credit for the things you’re alr ...

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  • Top Degrees for Today’s Top Careers: Supply Chain Management

    Beth Dumbauld

    By: Jackie Vetrano If you are interested in a career with excellent job growth and salary prospects, consider earning a degree in Supply Chain Management. According to the U.S Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook, the median salary for Logisticians (or Supply Chain Managers) with a Bachelor's Degree is $70,800 per year. Job growth now through 2022 is projected to be 22%. What is Supply Chain Management? Businesses, now more than ever, rely on their Supply Chain Managers to positively impact their bottom line by increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. Supply Chain Management is based on two main ideas: 1- Nearly every finished product moves in some way though a series of manufacturers, d ...

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