• [Podcast] How Online College Students Can Find a Mentor

    [Podcast] How Online College Students Can Find a Mentor
    Beth Dumbauld

    Dr. Robin Berenson, associate dean, School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College, discusses how adults returning to college online can find and connect with a mentor who can help guide them through their academic and professional pursuits. Topics include: How early in the process adults should begin to think about mentorship How newly enrolled students can find a mentor within an online classroom or on social media Advice on approaching a potential mentor and determining whether they would be a good fit Setting and managing expectations Listen to Dr. Berenson on how online students can find a mentor: Having trouble with media player? Click here to listen. Excelsior College works with StraighterLin ...

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  • Six Ways StraighterLine Helps You Get a College Degree Faster

    Six Ways StraighterLine Helps You Get a College Degree Faster
    Barry Lenson

    [Updated 7/2015] StraighterLine was founded with a simple goal in mind: To solve the #1 issue facing students today – the skyrocketing cost of college – with low-cost online courses that prepare students for success. We’ve never lost sight of that mission, but we have added more and more features that you might not know about. Here’s a rundown of some of the ways that StraighterLine helps you save time and money as you earn your college degree . . . Our Degree Plans spell out everything you need to know to earn your diploma faster at our great Partner Colleges. What’s your major? You’ll find customized degree plans for Accounting, Business Administration, Computer and Information Systems Management, Law and Criminal ...

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  • StraighterLine Student of the Month: Cassidy Coker

    Barry Lenson

    If you chat with Cassidy Coker for just a minute or two, you realize pretty quickly that she is a young woman who gets things done in a courageous, pioneering and personal way. Although she is still in her high school years, she is already running her own business as a professional photographer. She also does lots of volunteer work to help families and children. In fact, we spoke with her the day before she left her native Texas to spend several weeks rebuilding houses that had been damaged in Hurricane Sandy. You’ll enjoy this recent conversation that Barry Lenson, our blog editor, recently had with this confident and remarkable young woman . . . Barry Lenson: Where are you in school now and what are you doing? Cassidy Coker: I ...

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  • Radical Thinking: Give Accreditation to Professors, not Colleges

    Barry Lenson

    “Seeing as how the institution itself isn’t doing a particularly good job, why can’t we be accredited as individual instructors? Have some sort of accreditation that says, yes, this person can teach these courses.” Lee Bessette writing in Inside Higher Ed.  Every now and then, an idea comes along that is so smart, all you can think is, “why didn’t anybody think of that before?” One such idea was offered in “Accrediting Individuals, Not Institutions,” a post that Lee Bessette wrote for Inside Higher Ed. Bessette writes about colleges that are in danger of losing their accreditation and notes that . . . When colleges are put on probation and are in danger of losing accreditation, the reasons for that are alway ...

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  • Four Traits of Great Professors

    Barry Lenson

    What makes for a great professor? Whether you’re taking a class online or in a classroom, here are some traits to look for . . . Current knowledge. If you are taking a science course like Environmental Science, it’s obvious that your professor should be current with the latest trends and research.  But up-to-date knowledge is just as important if you are studying religion, anthropology, or even psychology, where your professor should be aware of the latest theories, trends, and scholarship. Great communication skills. A superior professor needs the ability to listen to questions and answer them. If all a professor can do is spout knowledge, he or she is not doing a good job of cultivating students. Discipline. This is a two-way ...

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