• How Distance Learners Can Make College Rock

    Jaime Dalbke

    There's more to higher education than sitting in a classroom. After hitting the books, college students play ultimate, date, party, flirt, order pizza, and grab late-night lattes to keep their eyes open. Sound good? Yes, it is. But what if you are a distance learner? Does that mean that you can't enjoy all those extras? Not necessarily. Here are some ways to keep college rocking, even if your campus looks more like a laptop than a grassy quad. Join a Facebook Group for your online college. Our StraighterLine group is a great example. It works like a virtual campus where students can connect and communicate about their online college experiences. Visit your online school's blog and comment on what you see there. Hopefully, your scho ...

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  • Why Online Study Takes the Risk Out Of Learning

    Jaime Dalbke

    If you've been visiting this blog, you already know the benefits of taking college courses online. You can save money - a lot of it - and even cut the cost of your first college year down to a few thousand dollars. You can pursue your studies at the pace that's right for you. You can take your classes anywhere, anytime. But you might not have stopped to consider that online learning has one other big benefit too. It reduces the high cost of failure in your college work - and we all know that with tuition costs today, failure can cost you a lot of money. Let's take a look at some of the ways online study takes the risk out of learning: Reason #1: You minimize the cost of failure. If you take a class in a regular college and you don ...

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  • Happy Pi Day

    Jaime Dalbke

    March 14 is Pi Day. No, that is not a typo. It means that 3/14 is the day when people the world round (some people, anyway) celebrate the invention of that wonderful number, 3.14, known as Pi. (Actually, you can roll Pi out to 3.141593 and then keep adding numbers infinitely to the right.) Need a brush-up? Okay, here we go. Pi is a number that is equal to the value of the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter. Just when Pi was discovered is anybody's guess, but there is evidence that the ancient Egyptians already knew about it in about 2,500 B.C., when they constructed the Great Pyramid at Giza. The neat thing about Pi is that it is the same for any circle - whether it's your wedding ring or a manhole cover or a crop ...

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  • Are Public Colleges a Hedge Against Rampaging Tuition Costs?

    Jaime Dalbke

    Only a few years ago, many college applicants regarded state universities as discount-priced "safety schools" that they could fall back on if other schools rejected them. That scenario is quickly changing. Here are some of the reasons why . . . Tens of thousands more students are applying to state schools. According to The Boston Globe, 2008 applications for early admission to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst surged 29 percent over the previous year. The same article also reports that applications to Framingham State and Westfield State increased by more than 40 percent in that same year. And according to one source at the University of Massachusetts, applications are just as heavy this year, and many applicants are going to ...

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  • College in Three Years?

    Jaime Dalbke

    "Some colleges offering 3-year bachelor's degrees" An article just published in USA Today, reports that a small number of American colleges are starting to offer degrees in three years instead of the traditional four. Justin Pope, author of the article, writes: "Not much else seems to be helping keep down college costs, so maybe this will: a three-year college degree." What colleges are offering three-year degrees? One is Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, According to Pope, Hartwick is the "most high profile school yet" to offer the option of completing a degree in three years. But other colleges have officially entered the fray too. A little online research shows that they include Chatham University, Purdue University the Uni ...

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