March 2015

  • Starting a College Degree is a Risky Business

    Starting a College Degree is a Risky Business
    Burck Smith

    By Burck Smith, StraighterLine Founder/CEO With the American economy in a full-fledged recovery, earning a bachelor’s or associate degree is a great way to increase employability and lifetime earnings. Today, unemployment is virtually non-existent for those with degrees; more job postings than ever list a degree as a requirement; and bachelor’s degree holders make 62% more than those with only a high school degree The Return on Investment (ROI) to completing a degree is high. However, the ROI to starting a degree is much, much lower. Why? Because barely half of all students that start a degree finish one. With college tuition and student debt skyrocketing, starting – but not completing – a degree can be a life-changing mistake ...

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  • How to Get Started in Criminal Justice

    How to Get Started in Criminal Justice
    Beth Dumbauld

    A StraighterLine conversation with Dr. Alexis J. Miller, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Dr. Miller teaches criminal justice online and in the traditional classroom. When it comes to the college education of students of criminal justice, she’s been on the front line for years. If you are thinking about a career in a criminal justice field, you'll be ready if you follow her expert recommendations for getting started on your path towards successfully earning a degree in criminal justice. What Education Do You Need for a Career in Criminal Justice? A career in criminal justice rewards those students who receive a high level of education. It’s a changing field - no longer blue collar. To become a detective or a chief of police, you will ...

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  • Top 6 Tips for Getting a Career in Criminal Justice

    Top 6 Tips for Getting a Career in Criminal Justice
    Beth Dumbauld

    A StraighterLine conversation with Dr. Alexis J. Miller, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Dr. Miller teaches criminal justice online and in the traditional classroom. When it comes to the education of students of criminal justice, she’s been on the front line for years. If you are wondering how to get started with a career in criminal justice, these tips will help you prepare yourself to successfully earn a degree in criminal justice and get started with your career. 1 - Know Yourself The criminal justice field is not for the timid or reactionary. It’s an intense career that requires a special kind of person. If you can’t deal with the sight of blood, a job on the police force probably is not a good fit. If you get easily flustered o ...

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  • 8 Tips for Taking Online Criminal Justice Classes

    8 Tips for Taking Online Criminal Justice Classes
    Beth Dumbauld

    A StraighterLine conversation with Dr. Alexis J. Miller, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Dr. Alexis J. Miller, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, has seen it all when it comes to helping students find success taking their online criminal justice classes. When it comes to the education of students of criminal justice, she’s been on the front line for years, teaching courses online and on-campus. Looking to succeed in your online criminal justice degree program?  Here’s the best advice for students who want to find success in their criminal justice degree program, and aren’t sure where to start. Here are the top 8 tips for success in taking online criminal justice classes: 1 - Make a Daily Commitment Designate a specific time each d ...

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  • Can I Get a Job With an Online Degree?

    Can I Get a Job With an Online Degree?
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Colorado State University-Global Campus blog writer, Elizabeth Rittiman In the past, employers didn't know what to think about online degrees, but that has quickly changed, and with good reason. It’s 2015! Technology rules our world. There’s not much these days we do that doesn’t revolve around technology. So why should higher education be any exception? What Employers Really Think About Online Degree Programs Employers recognize that for many people, online degree programs give them the flexibility to continue working and prioritizing their family while still earning their degree. Plus, online degree programs are often just as rigorous as the courses taught on a traditional ground campus as long as you know what to look for i ...

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