August 2015

  • Back to School: Two Guaranteed Strategies to Make College More Affordable

    Back to School: Two Guaranteed Strategies to Make College More Affordable
    Burck Smith

    As the run up to the 2016 Presidential election continues, college affordability has taken center stage. Like most Americans, presidential candidates have realized that, though a college degree has become a ticket to at least a middle class lifestyle, the price of that ticket creates a Catch-22 for students. The result has been an explosion of proposals designed to make college more affordable. These include free community colleges, debt free colleges, better consumer data to drive better consumer choices and more. However, despite all the interest in college affordability, it is almost impossible for a prospective student to know what the price will be for a degree. How Much Will You Pay for College? If you are trying to decide whic ...

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  • Finding a Military-Friendly Path to a Bachelor's Degree: A StraighterLine Success Story

    Beth Dumbauld

    Miles Green is in the Navy. He’s focused, determined, and has some specific goals for his military career. He wants to become a naval counselor, but he’s also realistic. He knows that in order to become a counselor and rise through the ranks, he needs his college degree. Miles embodies many of the characteristics that add up to an ideal candidate for college success, including persistence, focus and determination. And yet even for this active military member, there was a potential speed bump that he needed to overcome: Miles lives and works on a ship. Even when the ship – a navy vessel that launches and recovers jet air planes – is docked at pier, Miles can’t just take off. He knew that earning his degree online was a mu ...

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  • [Podcast] How Online College Students Can Find a Mentor

    [Podcast] How Online College Students Can Find a Mentor
    Beth Dumbauld

    Dr. Robin Berenson, associate dean, School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College, discusses how adults returning to college online can find and connect with a mentor who can help guide them through their academic and professional pursuits. Topics include: How early in the process adults should begin to think about mentorship How newly enrolled students can find a mentor within an online classroom or on social media Advice on approaching a potential mentor and determining whether they would be a good fit Setting and managing expectations Listen to Dr. Berenson on how online students can find a mentor: Having trouble with media player? Click here to listen. Excelsior College works with StraighterLin ...

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  • How Quality English Courses Help You Succeed

    How Quality English Courses Help You Succeed
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Danika Rockett, Ph.D. If you’re like most college students, you will need English composition as part of your degree program. In fact, the English courses at StraighterLine – we offer three levels, from 099 to 102 – are some of our most popular ones, with enrollment numbers consistently above most other courses. At StraighterLine, you can take college-level English in the comfort of your own home, 100% online and self-paced, and for a fraction of the price you would pay at most institutions. But all of these benefits mean very little if the quality of the course is lacking. What Does a "High Quality" English Course Look Like? We want you to know that providing quality courses is our number one priority. We want to see y ...

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  • The DIY Learner Podcast with Burck Smith, StraighterLine CEO & Founder

    Beth Dumbauld

    Listen to Burck Smith, CEO and founder of StraighterLine, discuss why he started StraighterLine on the DIY Learner Podcast. On the the podcast, Burck shares why StraighterLine: Is able to price courses much closer to the cost of their delivery. Understands the challenges people face when trying to learn on their own. “If I’m an adult student and I want to go back to get my degree.... It’s so confusing to know how much it's going to cost. What kind of financial aid? Will my courses transfer? How long will this process take? Will classes be available that I need? What fees will be added on?" Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! Hear what StraighterLine courses are like and learn more about our ...

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