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  • 3 Tips to Stay Motivated With Your Online College Courses

    3 Tips to Stay Motivated With Your Online College Courses
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Danika  Rockett So you’ve decided to take some college courses – congratulations! This decision can be life-changing, and we’re here to guide you along the way. Our courses are designed to help you succeed, but staying motivated is perhaps the single most important element if you want to see your personal, professional, and academic dreams come true. Here are three tips for staying motivated as you work through your online college courses: 1 - Visualize the outcome. Consider why you’re taking college courses, and write down those reasons. What is your ultimate goal? Getting promoted at work? Finding a better job altogether? Earning a degree? Making your family proud? If you visualize what you hope to ultimately achi ...

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  • 6 Top Productivity Apps for Online Students

    6 Top Productivity Apps for Online Students
    Beth Dumbauld

    Online students who enjoy the highest levels of success in their college courses and degree programs are those who are also most productive with their available time. So, when you're taking online courses for your college degree, it only makes sense to use technology to reduce your most pressing productivity challenges. With a growing number of time-saving apps to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones best meet the needs of online students. That's why we've prepared a list of the best apps and tools-- ones that also offer free versions--to help you overcome your biggest productivity challenges, including scheduling classes, remembering tasks, and finding inspiration to reach your goals. Want to see how ...

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  • 3 New Universities Added for More Degree Savings: StraighterLine Monthly Partner Highlights

    3 New Universities Added for More Degree Savings: StraighterLine Monthly Partner Highlights
    Beth Dumbauld

    We’re excited to introduce Bethel University, Franklin University, and National Louis University as our newest StraighterLine partner colleges. Franklin University and National Louis University are also participating in StraighterLine’s Partner Scholarship Program. Whether you are currently enrolled--or plan to enroll--at any one of the nearly 100 accredited schools in our college savings network, you are guaranteed to receive full course credit for the pre-approved general education courses you take at StraighterLine. Which courses will transfer? Check out the course equivalency agreements located on each school's partner page. Ready to try one of our general education college courses? Sign up for a free trial today! Bethel Univ ...

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  • Which College Majors Have the Highest (And Lowest) Employment Rates

    Which College Majors Have the Highest (And Lowest) Employment Rates
    Beth Dumbauld

    Want great career prospects to go with your degree? Of course you do. But for some recent college graduates, finding employment can be a challenge. While certain majors are in demand and command high salaries, others take longer to establish. That has a lot to do with competition and emerging business needs. Which Major is Best? A recent report by researchers at Georgetown University analyzes the employability of many different majors, with some interesting findings. While some majors are in high demand, other ones—which can be very closely related—make it tough to find a job. Most encouraging: unemployment rates have been dropping for the majority of top college majors since the recession. Students of architecture face a very toug ...

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  • 3 Tips for Competency-Based Education & Prior Learning Assessment Shoppers

    3 Tips for Competency-Based Education & Prior Learning Assessment Shoppers
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Marty Chester, M.S.Ed., Student Services Manager, College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University Higher education is prone to using buzzwords - a word or phrase that sounds impactful but does not necessarily mean the same thing at every college or university. Competency Based Education (CBE) and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) are the latest higher education buzzwords but be warned, definitions may vary! To understand CBE and PLA, students need to be able to put them in their proper place, alongside other avenues of personalization in higher education. Many types of PLA have been around a long time: CLEP exams, AP credit, dual enrollment and using a test or portfolio process to earn credit for specific coursework. In these ...

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