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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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  • Top 6 Tips for Success in an Online Math Class

    Top 6 Tips for Success in an Online Math Class
    Beth Dumbauld

    Has it been years since you’ve taken a math course? Have you been anxious about going back to school because of required college math? You’re not alone. One of the most common concerns adult learners have about going back to college is completing their required college math classes. Fortunately, we have some help for you so you can confidently get your math requirements out of the way. Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial today! StraighterLine Math Professor, Dan Gryboski, has been through it all when it comes to helping students finding success while taking an online math class. He teaches several of our professor-led online math course options, including College Algebra and Business Statistics, and shared with us his b ...

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  • 6 Reasons Online Courses May Be Better than Community Colleges Right Now

    6 Reasons Online Courses May Be Better than Community Colleges Right Now
    Beth Dumbauld

    Community colleges and online courses address two of the most pressing issues facing students today - college accessibility and earning an affordable college degree. Which is a better option for you? On one hand, community colleges have always played an important role in higher education because they are often perceived as the most accessible point of entry into a college system. In a job environment where college degree holders earn significantly more per week than high school grads, and have much lower unemployment rates, the demand for an accessible education has never been higher. On the other hand, the resources available to meet the needs of working adults in the community college system have fallen short. Low-cost onl ...

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  • 3 Ways Studying Intro to Nutrition Can Help You Eat Smarter, Be Healthier

    3 Ways Studying Intro to Nutrition Can Help You Eat Smarter, Be Healthier
    Beth Dumbauld

    Introduction to Nutrition is the study of how nutrition affects health. It also help you explore how psychology, society, and your own values and beliefs affect what and how you eat. It's an important subject for those looking to eat smarter and live healthier, and it is probably the most accessible and relevant online general education science course you can study once you enroll in a college class. 1. Develop Smart Eating Habits You’ll gain really important insights about food and nutrition. Better yet, your knowledge of nutrition will have very practical applications in your own life, such as making informed decisions around snacking or how to fuel your athletic activities. Also, every health care field require ...

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