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  • Online College Credit and the Age of Price Competition

    Online College Credit and the Age of Price Competition
    Burck Smith

    Though online learning has been around since the mid-90’s, it wasn’t until the early part of the ‘00’s that it began to take off. Enrollments in online courses at accredited colleges have grown steadily such that, today, about 1/3 of all college students – about 6 million -- are taking at least one online course. Though online course delivery has become commonplace, the growth rate of students enrolling in online courses at accredited colleges has stagnated. (Source: http://mfeldstein.com/no-discernible-growth-us-higher-ed-online-learning/) Strong Demand for Low-Cost Online Learning One might argue that online education has reached a saturation point – that all the remaining students don’t want or need online course ...

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  • Summer Break Means Business!

    Summer Break Means Business!
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Danika Rockett, Ph.D. The spring semester is over, and summer has arrived. If you’re like many students, you may want to spend a portion of the season getting ahead on your college degree. Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial today! We recently offered some tips on general education courses to take over summer break if you are looking for ones that students are often able to complete in a quicker time frame. But what if you really mean business and are looking for courses that fit into a business degree plan? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the courses StraighterLine offers that should fit into your business degree: BUS101: Introduction to Business This popular course fits into many degree pl ...

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  • 5 Tips for Taking Summer Courses Online at StraighterLine

    5 Tips for Taking Summer Courses Online at StraighterLine
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Nick Carter As a student advisor at StraighterLine, advising StraighterLine students doesn’t completely cover what I do every day. I like to consider myself more of a trusted StraighterLine guide - steering students toward the goal of completed courses and transferred credits. Whether you are a student who needs help uploading an assignment for your course, or you simply need some encouragement, we are here to help students in a variety of ways. After all, we receive thousands of phone calls from students, and have the experience to help you move forward in your classes, and in your degree. Can StraighterLine help you get summer credits? The big question during this time of the year is always the same: Can StraighterLine help ...

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  • How Do You Judge the Quality of Online Courses?

    How Do You Judge the Quality of Online Courses?
    Beth Dumbauld

    How do students judge the quality of distance education courses? This critical evaluation process is what the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s (DEAC) new quality review service helps students solve. “Last Friday, DEAC announced its new Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC). This new service uses a standard rubric to peer-review non-institutional “providers” of distance education. StraighterLine and Sophia are the first “providers” to be recognized as achieving AQC status for their online courses.” That’s the insight from Russell Poulin, Director of Policy & Analysis for WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, in his recent article for the WCET Frontiers Blog, which highlights AQC as “a major step in er ...

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  • Starting a College Degree is a Risky Business

    Starting a College Degree is a Risky Business
    Burck Smith

    By Burck Smith, StraighterLine Founder/CEO With the American economy in a full-fledged recovery, earning a bachelor’s or associate degree is a great way to increase employability and lifetime earnings. Today, unemployment is virtually non-existent for those with degrees; more job postings than ever list a degree as a requirement; and bachelor’s degree holders make 62% more than those with only a high school degree The Return on Investment (ROI) to completing a degree is high. However, the ROI to starting a degree is much, much lower. Why? Because barely half of all students that start a degree finish one. With college tuition and student debt skyrocketing, starting – but not completing – a degree can be a life-changing mistake ...

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