• The Advantages of StraighterLine Over CLEP

    Jaime Dalbke

    From February, 2009... No one likes to waste either time or money. So why do both when it comes your college education? For example, if you take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) series of tests to gain college credits, you first will have to buy any required textbooks or other study materials needed to prepare in advance, which can easily add $100-$200, or even more, to your expense per course. Study guides are recommended for preparing for CLEP courses too - those will run you at least $35 each. When you feel you are ready to take the CLEP test for your course, there is a fee of $65 per test - or $120, nearly double that, if you want to take a paper-and-pencil test - along with an administrative fee of $15-$20 most CLE ...

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  • Staying Motivated in Studying With StraighterLine

    Jaime Dalbke

    From January, 2009... College challenges students to perform to the highest standard in every class to prepare them for the rigors of the professional world. That is the popular general belief for most of us, that the educational experience offered in a university setting promotes accountability and preparation in students. But a study by the National Survey of Student Engagement (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-11-10-nsse_students_N.htm) of nearly 380,000 randomly selected freshmen and seniors at 722 four-year colleges across America discovered that about 20 percent of those surveyed said they frequently come to class without completing readings or assignments. What's more, many of those students say they mostly still get ...

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  • How StraighterLine Makes Two-Year Degrees Easy and Affordable

    Jaime Dalbke

    From January 2009... Among its many worthy charitable efforts, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/united-states/Pages/program-overview.aspx) has set a goal of doubling the number of low-income young adults earning a postsecondary degree by age 26 in the United States. Postsecondary degrees include any education after graduating high school, and one of the foundation's strategies involves plans to make obtaining a two-year degree easier, quicker and more affordable than at present. We at StraighterLine (SL), an online education solution, believe that we can serve as a primary component of accomplishing this goal, since these are the same objectives we kept in mind when we created SL. Regarding afforda ...

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  • 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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