College Education

  • How to Graduate from Eleven Colleges in Two Hours

    Barry Lenson

    Above: See Ali G's blockbuster speech at Harvard University Class Day, 2013 The robes and mortarboards have been returned, the folding chairs are stored away.  Those are sure signs that most of 2013’s college graduation ceremonies are done. Yet thanks to YouTube, you can watch dozens of commencement speeches that were given just a few days ago by famous people. It’s almost as good as going to all those graduations. Actually it’s better, because you don’t have to sit in the pelting sun for hours and hours while hundreds of kids who you don’t even know parade by. Here’s a selection of pretty cool 2013 commencement speeches that you can watch right now on YouTube. All the names below are clickable, so get ready for some ...

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  • Why StraighterLine?

    Barry Lenson

    My colleagues at StraighterLine recently asked me to write a post entitled, “Why StraighterLine?” What a great idea. Because you see, there are so many reasons why StraighterLine makes so much sense for so many people. Let’s review them, one by one . . . StraighterLine is amazingly affordable. If you need to earn three college credits before you can graduate from college, for example, you are going to pay more than $1,000, even at your local community college. Yet students tell me all the time that they can earn those same three credits at StraighterLine for as little as a few hundred dollars. And then there is the fact that students can complete their freshman year of college at StraighterLine for not much more than $1,000. No ...

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  • What can we learn about U.S. History from Assassin’s Creed III?

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons True story: I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about how easy and convenient it is to take college courses online with StraighterLine, and that for some courses that have lots of reading from textbooks, like U.S. History, it might even be better online. And my friend, who is a big gamer, said, “Yeah, I get all my history online. I’m learning about the Revolutionary War right now.” I said I didn’t know he was taking online history classes, and he said, “No, stupid, Assassins Creed 3. I learned about WWII from Call of Duty. And the Civil War from Gettysburg.” And then he laughed and drank another sip of his Sam Adams. (And no, I did not ask him if he was learning anything about the American ...

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  • What Your Commencement Speaker Will Say at Graduation

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re graduating high school or college in the next few weeks, you’ll be expected to sit in your folding chair while you listen to the philosophical outpourings of your commencement speaker. Of course, the inspiring speaker that your high school or college recruited is going to have some wisdom to impart to you. But just in case the hot sun that is beating down on your mortarboard distracts you from listening too closely, here’s a summary of what you’ll probably be hearing . . . It’s good to fail. This is a pretty standard theme in commencement speeches these days. The idea is that in the future, you are only going to learn through repeated failure. The important thing is to pick yourself up, learn, and keep moving forw ...

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  • Paul Smith’s College a Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    Paul Smith’s College – also known as The College of the Adirondacks – is different from any other college in America. Can you name another degree-granting college that is located in a beautiful, immense park, for example? Well, Paul Smith’s is. It’s located in the Adirondack Park of New York State. Can you name another college that has created a unique approach to learning that is based on its location? Well, Paul Smith’s has. The structure of every course and major program of studies – from forestry to culinary arts - has evolved from the college’s natural setting. To quote from the college’s website . . . “Studying here at Paul Smith's College is unique in that the campus becomes your laboratory. Whether your ...

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