College Education

  • A College Checklist of Checklists

    Barry Lenson

    When my daughter was applying to college, she needed a checklist to keep track of her applications. College A required a supplemental essay in addition to the one that was on the Standard Application, for example, and College B wanted to see an actual term paper she had written. Without a checklist, who could keep track of that stuff? Then when she got into college, she needed checklists for stuff that she would have in her dorm room, for her clothes, for shampoo and goo, for computer peripherals. Details, details! That’s why it makes sense to create not just one college checklist, but a checklist of checklists that you will need as a college student. Complicated? Yes. But it might help, so here goes . . . Checklists You Need when ...

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  • Community College Crisis

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Guest Blogger: Marcela De Vivo Community colleges have always been a place where students could go to further their education and or career, without the high-tuition fees and strict entrance requirements of four-year universities and colleges. Unfortunately, many community colleges are experiencing a crisis that doesn’t look like it’s going to get resolved any time soon. While most community colleges are still open to students, funding has been cut and new students as well as returning students are feeling the brunt. Many students don’t know what to do or how to further their education in the wake of this crisis. Community College Student Body About four-million people attended community colleges all over the United S ...

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  • Why Online Classes Is the “Escape Hatch” for Students in Fast-Growing Regions

    Barry Lenson

    If you are a student at a community college in an area where the population is growing fast, you have already noticed a troubling reality . . . Your community college is having a difficult time accommodating the growing number of students would like to enroll. Where are America’s fastest growing areas? Here are some recent statistics from a post on Metro Areas with the Greatest Projected Population Growth over the Next Five Years Note: This list includes metro areas with more than 100,000 households Provo-Orem, UT 7.4% Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 7.4% Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 7.2% Raleigh-Cary, NC 7.2% San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 7.1% Ocala, FL 6.9% Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6.7% Jackso ...

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  • Bloomberg Article: More College Students Opt for Online Courses

    Barry Lenson

    “College Crackup and the Online Future,” a post by Mark C. Taylor on, documents the rising number of college students who are opting to take courses online. Taylor writes, “Some changes are well under way. In 2009, about 29 percent of college students took at least one course online; by 2014, that number is projected to increase to 50 percent. Much of this growth has been driven by for-profit schools, but in the past couple of years, traditional colleges and universities have designed their own programs in an effort to increase tuition income without expanding the physical plant. It remains to be seen whether this financial bet will pay off.” Here are some trends that Taylor cites . . . Students aren’t who ...

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  • Shut Out of Class in California? Western Governors University Could Solve the Problem for You

    Barry Lenson

    Is your California community college in the throes of a budgetary crisis? Are classes being cancelled? Did you just get shut out of a course that you need to graduate? If so, StraighterLine has a solution for you. Why not leave the troubles of the California community college system behind and enroll at Western Governors University instead? Thanks to StraighterLine’s Partner College program, doing so is easy. Western Governors University (WGU) will accept the credits that you have earned after you have completed your coursework at StraighterLine and in only a few months, you could be attending WGU, a solid and respected university. And in case you think that WGU sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. In fact, hundreds of students f ...

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