College Education

  • New Credit-by-Examination Options from the New StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons You’re probably familiar with some CBEs already, like the AP test or CLEP exams. But now, at StraighterLine, we offer more than 30 new credit-bearing tests, as well as additional options like the PLA, and non-credit bearing tests that can help you land a job. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! With a test for credit, you still need to study. But when you’re ready, you can take a single exam, and if you score well, you can earn credit on your transcript and avoid taking that course wherever you choose to pursue your degree. In this post, we’ll take a look at two types of credit bearing tests, Excelsior College Exams and the PLA, and two non-credit bearing tests that are useful ...

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  • Free Online College Courses MOOCs vs. StraighterLine

    Barry Lenson

    Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) have been making the news a lot lately. Just this week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to fund research that will explore the role that MOOCs can plan in American higher education. But at the moment, what is your best educational option and value - free online college course MOOCs, StraighterLine, or something else entirely? The answer is, it really depends on your educational goals and needs . . . If you just love learning and don’t care about earning credits for the courses you take, MOOCs are probably your lowest-cost learning option. Think of them as a jumbo online adult school where you can study something that interests you without paying for courses. If y ...

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  • How to Save a Fortune on Black Friday!

    Barry Lenson

    Black Friday is dangerous. Over the last few years, people have been trampled and physically attacked, just for trying to get through the doors of superstores to snag a sale item, a Tickle Me Elmo, or some other hot toy. So stay home. While all those other people are standing outside the mall’s doors at 4:00 a.m., fire up your computer instead. You can save more money than they ever will, just by going signing up for some courses at StraighterLine. Instead of buying a seltzer machine for or a $99, you can spend the same money on a course in College Algebra or English Composition. Instead of plopping down $999 for a smart TV, you can spend that much on your first year of college. Instead of buying a new iPad Mini for $300, you ...

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  • What Thanksgiving Is All About

    Barry Lenson

    Thanksgiving isn’t about turkey. It isn’t about standing on line at the airport or driving long distances, just to sleep at home or in a relative’s house. (It’s not really about stuffing or cranberry sauce but man, is that stuff good.) When you come down to it, Thanksgiving is really about two things. It’s about family, and it’s about love. It’s a time when families, and sometimes an invited guest or two, sit down and take a little time to be grateful to be together. And another thing. Thanksgiving is about education. Here are some reasons why . . . When people have gone to college or pursued other forms of higher learning, they are better able to support the people who depend on them. So getting educated is actuall ...

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  • College Should Be . . .

    Barry Lenson

    Our fans and students respond to our “fill in the blank” invitation on Facebook  StraighterLine recently set up a special Facebook page and invited visitors to fill in the blank in the statement “College should be ________.” Talk about fun! Here’s a quick summary of some of the comments that StraighterLine students and fans have slugged into that blank line. College should be . . . “About parting!” says Ismail Hasan (We think he meant “partying,” but let’s not split hairs.) “Affordable,” say Susan Selinsky Martin and Shanna Rogers “Cheap,” say Bilal Ahmed and Tracy Moore “Cheaper,” say Mandy Gauger, Annette Hill Gonder, and Ty Wallace “Cheaper and a guarantee for a career,” sa ...

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