College Education

  • Einstein Never Actually Failed Math

    Barry Lenson

    By Jeffrey Simons We’ve all heard it: before “Everyone knows that Einstein failed math.” Turns out, that’s just plain wrong. He excelled in math. What failed was the traditional education system, which didn’t know what to do with a unique talent like Albert Einstein, one of the fathers of modern physics. As Einstein himself put it, “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Clearly, though, Einstein never let that stop him. And even though Einstein finished college before the start of the 20th Century, one thing hasn’t changed: the traditional educational system is still failing hundreds of thousands of students in this country. That’s Lesson #1 we can learn from Albert Einstein today, o ...

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  • New York Times: California State Schools Could Accept Online Courses for Credit

    Barry Lenson

    [caption id="attachment_2783" align="alignright" width="254"] Burck Smith, StraighterLine founder and CEO[/caption] Over the last few months, we've been covering the crisis in California's system of higher education. At community colleges, students have been shut out of classes. At the Cal State Universities, students have been unable to get into  oversubscribed classes - sometimes, classes that they need to graduate. It's all due to a larger budgetary crisis in California. Students and graduation rates have suffered. California students have come to StraighterLine to take the courses that they need and then transfer their credits to their schools. We've been proud to offer a solution. But now, there's more news. “California Bil ...

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  • National Hispanic University: Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    “The National Hispanic University provides a postsecondary education for Hispanics and others grounded in cultural respect, biliteracy, and diversity for engaged students who will become local, national and global community leaders.” – Mission Statement  of The National Hispanic University You might think that you have heard it all when it comes to American colleges and universities. There are community colleges, liberal arts colleges, private and public universities. And that’s about it, right? No, wrong. Because there is at least one university in America that doesn’t fit any mold. It is called National Hispanic University. It is unique, excellent, unusual . . . and there is nothing else like it in American higher edu ...

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  • An Education that Is Made in the U.S.A.

    Barry Lenson

    Do you like to buy products that are made in America? We do too. And so does the ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. If you visit the ABC World News website, you will discover that Ms. Sawyer and her team have been promoting American products and companies for some time now. Here’s some of the content you will find . . . Videos about products that are made in the U.S.A. Slideshows of American workers on their jobs Articles about American workers, products, and companies Quizzes that test your knowledge about whether the products you buy are American-made, or not One feature you will not find on the website is a list of American-made educational institutions. That’s too bad, because there are many of them. Plus, an awful lot o ...

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  • The Bottom Line on Business Careers: New Infographic from StraighterLine

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Jeffrey Simons Did you know that in 2011, there were 836,493 students in the U.S. enrolled in undergraduate programs? Or that 168,415 students are going for their MBAs? Whether you agree that “the business of America is business” or that “small business is the engine that drives our economy”, one thing is true: a business degree can be the key to your personal success. And even if you don’t pursue a full degree, taking business courses can give you an edge over your fellow employees in getting better pay and faster career advancement. If you think about it, it makes sense that companies seek out and reward employees who understand how businesses work and are familiar with organizational behavior. That’s why business ...

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