March 2017

  • How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

    How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
    Beth Dumbauld

    One of the first questions students ask themselves is: how many colleges should I apply to? Is it better to take a shotgun approach by doing lots of admission packets, or is it preferable to limit admission efforts to a few choice schools? This article answers these question and more, so read on! The truth is, there is no set number of colleges that you should apply to. But, according to leading higher education experts, completing five to eight applications is sufficient to ensure that you are accepted to a college of your choice. Narrowing it down to the suggested number of schools will take some critical thinking. Keep these terms in the back of your mind: Reach schools Target schools Safety schools Reach schools are at ...

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  • 3 Reasons to Study Medical Terminology

    3 Reasons to Study Medical Terminology
    Beth Dumbauld

    Medical Terminology is the study of the words used to describe the human body. It helps you learn the proper terminology for major diseases and pathological conditions as well as each system of the body. It's a critically important subject for those looking to work in a health care profession, and it is probably one of the best online general education health science courses you can study once you enroll in a college class. Here's why: 1. You'll be able to speak the language of health By studying Medical Terminology, you'll develop a fluency in the highly specialized language of health. You'll understand the origin and importance of acronyms like HIPAA and gain confidence to perform in a field where the difference bet ...

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  • Should I Go Back to College at My Age?

    Should I Go Back to College at My Age?
    Beth Dumbauld

    Whatever your age, a college degree is critical for job stability, career progression, and overall employability. Take unemployment -- the employment rate is dramatically higher for people who have obtained higher levels of education. In 2015, among 20- to 24-year-olds, the employment rate was 89% for those with a college degree and 51% for those who didn’t complete high school. If you’re considering going back to college, sooner is better. By 2020, it’s expected that over 65% of all jobs will require some postsecondary education and training compared to 1973, where only 28% of U.S. jobs required a degree or certificate. Additionally, a higher percentage of jobs created during the economic recovery went to workers with at least s ...

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  • Seven Habits of Great Online College Students

    Seven Habits of Great Online College Students
    Beth Dumbauld

    What skills do great distance learners have? Just like classroom students, they are motivated and curious. Yet they need to pay attention to developing additional habits, because online courses pose certain unique demands ...

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  • StraighterLine’s Free eTextBooks Eliminate Costs, Adds Convenience for Online Students

    StraighterLine’s Free eTextBooks Eliminate Costs, Adds Convenience for Online Students
    Beth Dumbauld

    Online students can take their courses anywhere, anytime. So shouldn’t they be able to access their textbooks online as well? For free, if possible? At StraighterLine, our mission is to help students reach their educational goals by providing an affordable and convenient way to earn online college credit. So, to provide an even greater value to our students -- to make our courses even more affordable and more convenient -- we now include StraighterLine eTextbooks for free with our courses. You asked. We listened. At StraighterLine, we realize that one major obstacle standing in the way of college student achievement is the extraordinary cost of textbooks. We’ve seen the great lengths our students have gone through to track down affor ...

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