• StraighterLine and College Affordability: Making the Grade

    Jaime Dalbke

    From December, 2008... Forty-nine of 50. That's the number of states in the U.S. with failing grades in higher education affordability, according to The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The Center published the findings in its "Measuring Up 2008: The National Report Card on Higher Education" study, which grades states in six categories. But none proved more dramatic than the affordability section, which provides grades based on the percentage of average family income it costs to attend college. Consider the aforementioned statistic for a moment. Every single state in the union, save for California's grade of C minus, was deemed unaffordable. It's a startling trend, and one that we recognized some time ago. Th ...

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  • The Disruptive Change of StraighterLine

    Jaime Dalbke

    From November, 2008... Clayton Christensen is a proponent of disruptive change. That sounds intimidating, but it really just means the process of incorporating innovation into your business that can radically alter your work procedures yet ultimately provide you with an edge over your competitors. Christensen is applying this business principle to our educational system in the belief that even though we have computers in most schools now, we otherwise have maintained the status quo in our basic approaches of instruction, and it is not producing markedly better results. In his opinion, disruptive change is positive and essential for America's students for us to be competitive in the global economy in the future. In this recent intervie ...

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  • Working at Your Own Pace - The StraighterLine Advantage

    Jaime Dalbke

    From November, 2008... It has been the accepted standard operating procedure for years now for those attending college - you schedule everything else in your life around your classes for that semester, not vice versa. But nowadays, thanks to the convenience of online learning, you can make your class schedule fit your needs and not the requirements of a university. We at StraighterLine, a new online solution, believe we offer the best possible options for setting your own pace of studying introductory college courses. No other online system matches us for flexibility in several areas. We have constant on-demand course availability - you can take any of our classes at any time you want. If you do not feel like starting your studies in ...

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  • Transfer Student Rates and StraighterLine

    Jaime Dalbke

    From October, 2008... Some 50 years ago, if you were a student who transferred from a two-year community college to a four-year university program, you would have been regarded as an exception to what others were doing. Not anymore. Studies show that such transfer rates are increasing each year. Indeed, some top academic institutions such as George Mason University receive more community college transfer students than incoming freshmen. The reasons vary on why this trend is growing. For some students, it is to save money (it generally costs less to do introductory general education courses at two-year schools). For others, it is convenience (community colleges generally offer more nighttime courses, which helps those who are working first ...

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  • StraighterLine After or During High School

    Jaime Dalbke

    From October, 2008... Online education is becoming a fact of life for many of our youth nowadays, and not just those who are home schooled. Twenty-six states now have statewide virtual schools for children in grades K-12. Total enrollment nationwide is estimated to be 1 million students. The Florida Virtual School, established by the legislature in 1997, is the largest online public school program, with enrollment of 54,000 this year. Clearly, already a substantial number of children in America use online education, and there is every indication that the total will be increasing as the years pass. With the convenience of online education, some young adults might find it daunting to continue their education by having to attend a tradit ...

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