April 2016

  • Competency-Based Education Enters the Job Market

    Competency-Based Education Enters the Job Market
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Marty Chester, M.S.Ed., Student Services Manager, College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University Imagine being able to show potential employers that you have the marketable skills they desire most. Now imagine your transcript will display this in a tech-savvy, visual way. Buckle up because that’s where higher education is headed. Competency-Based Education (CBE) is relatively new on the higher education scene. The idea behind such programs is that students receive credit for being “competent.” This is determined in a variety of ways, depending upon which CBE program a student chooses. For example, if a student selects Lipscomb University’s Organizational Leadership degree, they choose to be behaviorally assessed. T ...

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  • How Do You Decide Which Business Career is Right for You?

    How Do You Decide Which Business Career is Right for You?
    Beth Dumbauld

    Whether you start your business career with an associate or a bachelor's degree, or are ready take it to the next level with a master’s, your business options are many – and your job outlook is excellent. Because a career in business covers such a broad range of roles in an organization, it’s a good idea to explore which qualities and skills are needed across the majority of business functions. It’s also important to determine what level of education is required for the business specialty that interests you most. To do so, you’ll first need to explore the most common career paths you can take in business, such as: Accounting Human Resources Sales Other business specialties include: finance, marketing, statistics, ...

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  • How to Get Started in a Business Career

    How to Get Started in a Business Career
    Beth Dumbauld

    Looking to get started in business? Completing business courses online can have a direct and positive impact on your working life. If you choose to earn an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in business, you are also upgrading your business aptitude and skills – and becoming a more valuable employee in the process. There are a variety of career paths in business and your job outlook is excellent. Investing the time it takes to earn a business degree will accelerate your career now and in the future. Need to know how to get started? Download our free guide on How to Go back to College today! What Do You Do With a Degree in Business ? In the business world, there is a need for people with a diverse set of skills and apti ...

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  • 100th Partner College – The Tipping Point?

    100th Partner College – The Tipping Point?
    Burck Smith

    A little over five years ago, I founded StraighterLine to empower students to affordably earn their college degree. At the time, college tuition was rising four times the rate of inflation, median family asset value was dropping by a third, and more job postings than ever required a degree. In short, a degree was more necessary, more expensive and students had less ability to pay. The story remains much the same today. This wasn’t, and isn’t, normal. With nearly 1/3 of college students taking at least one online class and nearly 90% of colleges offering online courses, prices should fall like they have in every other industry that has incorporated online delivery. But this has not been the case. So, StraighterLine was started to d ...

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  • Celebrating 100 StraighterLine Partner Colleges [Infographic]

    Beth Dumbauld

    College can be expensive, but with StraighterLine’s low-cost online courses, you can flexibly and affordably reach your educational goals. Whether you plan on earning your degree from a large state university or a small private college, your StraighterLine courses are guaranteed to transfer for credit into any one of our 100 accredited partner colleges and universities. 100 Partner Colleges for Your Degree Over the past five years, nearly 50,000 students have enrolled in our low-cost online courses, saving students and taxpayers more than $107 million dollars.* Other StraighterLine milestones include: 60 low-cost general education course options Guaranteed credit transfer to 100 (and growing) accredited partner colleges and u ...

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