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Archive for May, 2007

Online MBA’s: Moving On Up

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The reputation of online degrees was raised a few more notches when Business Week Magazine included an online MBA program among its recent rankings of the top 20 Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) programs in the United States for 2006.

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University earned a coveted place on the prestigious list for its MBA, offered either online or on-campus. It is no surprise that both programs are rigorous, challenging and are taught by a top-notch faculty.

Online MBA’shave been around for awhile; but employers are now becoming savvy about the value of web-based colleges and their ability to churn out knowledgeable and skilled workers. Employers are also learning that it takes a great deal of self-discipline and ambition to successfully complete an accredited online degree program. These qualities are an asset to those seeking management and leadership personnel for their companies.

The availability of online MBA’s is a win-win situation for everyone.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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Online Classes Help Accident Victim Realize Dream

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

A newspaper article caught my eye today about 45-year old Dawn Stewart, who utilized the flexibility of online classes to complete her college degree after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident. She is a remarkably determined woman who endured a number of physical hardships, yet graduated from Butler Community College in Pennsylvania at the top of her class last week, according to the Leader Times.

She married after high school, had a baby, and was working full-time when she realized that she wanted to further her education. After encouragement from her husband and her employer, she enrolled at the local junior college and was on the way to fulfilling her dream of earning a college degree. During recuperation from the accident, she admired the work of the physical therapists and decided to become a physical therapy assistant. She now has the academic credentials to work in her chosen career.

Sometimes, it takes a little nudging; but taking the first step is crucial to realizing any dream. Most of us face stumbling blocks; but with technological innovations, like online degree programs, the impossible is now possible.

Dawn Stewart has a college degree; now it is your turn.

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Popularity: 7% [?]

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Google Shuts Out Essay Mills

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

In a landmark decision, Google has banned advertisements from businesses that sell essays and dissertations. Beginning next month, cheaters will have a more difficult time buying essays to turn into their college classes; and Google will earn kudos from university and college faculty members who have fought against this widespread practice for many years.

These “essay mills” have prospered financially as honest students have struggled to do their own research and writing, while other students have easily purchased high-quality papers often written by graduates with master’s degrees and Ph.D.’s. Over 80% of the cheaters have been able to find the papers over the Internet through Google’s search engine, but not anymore.

Perhaps Google will tackle diploma mills next. These are even worst than essay mills; because unscrupulous people who have completed no college work simply pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars to secure jobs as doctors, dentists, engineers, and other sensitive careers.

So hooray for Google! But please, Google, do not stop with essay mills. Save lives by banning diploma mills. They have gotten away with murder for way too long.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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High Paying Jobs Accessible via E-learning

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Making more money has become super convenient. For those seeking to raise their standard of living, accredited online degree programs are lifesavers. Training for most of the top wealth-building jobs may now be acquired through e-learning.

Management is the number one highest-paying occupation in the United States, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data for 2006. A bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA generally provide the necessary credentials for employment. The number two spot was secured by the legal occupations. Following are the mean hourly wages of these and other lucrative professions.

  1. Management - $44.20 an hour
  2. Legal – 41.04 an hour
  3. Computer and mathematical science - $33.29 an hour
  4. Architecture and engineering – 31.82 an hour
  5. Healthcare practitioners and technical – 29.82 an hour

It is important to seek training for these careers from regionally or nationally accredited colleges and universities, whether the programs are online or on campus. The accreditation for reputable schools may be checked through the U.S. Department of Education; and scholarships, grants or loans may be available to qualified students as part of a financial aid package.

And yes, it is that simple.

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Popularity: 7% [?]

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Nursing: A Pot of Gold for Men and Women

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Nursing is not just for women anymore. It is the hottest career for males and females who are interested in stepping into the world of Grey’s Anatomy or ER. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, openings for registered nurses are expected to provide the second largest number of new jobs. It cannot get much better than that!

The shortage of qualified registered nurses has created a situation where hiring bonuses are routinely offered, along with excellent pay and benefits. For those interested in being a part of the medical field, an investment of a couple of years of study can reap a rewarding, professional career.

It helps to be caring and compassionate with an interest in helping people. And it does not hurt to have some aptitude for courses like anatomy, biology, physiology, chemistry and other sciences. But for those willing to put in the time, there is a relative pot of gold waiting to be claimed.

As far as education goes, nursing programs offered by junior colleges can usually be completed in two years of full-time study. Then graduates must pass a national licensing exam called the NCLEX-RN in order to receive a registered nursing license.

Later, an online or traditional RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program can be completed while working as a registered nurse. Employers may even pay a part or all of the tuition.

So here’s the choice for guys and gals: Either just be a Grey’s Anatomy wannabe, or turn off the television and do something about it.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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“Life Experience” Degree Equals Diploma Mill Scam

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Beware of supposed colleges and universities that offer “accredited life-experience degrees”. Their online or print information emphasizes that there is no need to study or take exams. The degrees are based 100% on life experience – any life experience. There is just one problem: These are diploma mills selling fake degrees.

These so-called “universities” may even offer a degree verification service where an employer can either call or e-mail to verify credentials. And often, a grade point average and year of graduation can be specified by the purchaser of the fake degree.

The accrediting agencies listed among the ‘college’ attributes are as tarnished as the fake degrees and should be checked against those recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The websites for these “schools” may be impressive or authentic-looking; but the ploy is the same: Give us the money and we will give you a certificate of graduation with no academic work involved.

Those who know better, but who still end up with one of these worthless certificates, will be looking over their shoulder the rest of their career lives. So the question is: With so many legitimate accredited online degree programs available, why make a fool’s bargain?

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Popularity: 7% [?]

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Best Age to Pursue Online Degree

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

At what age is an online degree program the best choice over traditional college classes?

Interestingly, the question is asked more often than one would imagine. And the answer is simple: the age where dreams, possibility and technology become intertwined.

The high school graduate, the employee who is ready for a change, the career-driven professional who has hit a brick wall – these are among those who are willing to see the possibilities and pursue them through a flexible, stimulating, high-quality online degree program. The above-mentioned group of people also includes those who are familiar with computers and techno-gadgets and who have incorporated technology into their lifestyles with cell phones, PDA’s, laptops and WiFi.

Online degree programs offer hope and promise for those who want it all. The new success strategy includes the usual sacrifice of time and money, but not the sacrifice of quitting a job or reducing work hours to attend school. Instead, these visionaries are ready to move up without causing their career reputation or family life to suffer.

Yet online education is also an intelligent choice for anyone who is just beginning to think about where they want to be in 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years and who is determined to stretch their daily allotment of time to the max.

So what is the best age to choose e-learning? The best age is now.

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Popularity: 5% [?]

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Moms Juggle Family and Online Degree

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Moms are natural jugglers; and Mother’s Day honors remarkable women who juggle innumerable tasks every day. These moms are motivated by love and devotion to their families. They sacrificially set aside their own dreams while raising children, including the dream of completing a college education. But thankfully, online degrees make it easier for moms to realize their dream, even in the midst of a busy family life.

Moms who desire to attend college should consider the following:

  • Moms can earn an online degree while their children are in school. During the 13 years between kindergarten and 12th grade, a mom can slowly accumulate enough credits through online classes to graduate from college by the time her first child graduates from high school.
  • A college degree does not have to be costly. A mom can begin her online degree program by taking advantage of inexpensive online classes at the local junior college. Most junior colleges provide online applications and instructions.
  • A mom can delay choosing a career path while taking classes. While completing general education courses like English, history, and speech, a college major can be considered. There is no rush for those who are undecided.
  • It is easy for a mom to begin slowly. There is no need to enroll in more than one online class at a time unless federal financial aid requirements specify otherwise.
  • Moms who need education assistance may receive online help. Most accredited online degree programs offer generous counseling support to online students.
  • A computer with Internet access is easy to find. Those moms who do not have access to a computer at home or on the job can usually reserve computer use at the public library for free; or an inexpensive computer can be purchased on sale.

The years of raising children pass quickly; and there is wonderful satisfaction throughout the journey. And for some moms, attaining a college degree at the same time offers the realization of a lifelong dream.

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Popularity: 7% [?]

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E-Learning Scapegoat No More

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

It is unfortunate that the University of Phoenix has become a scapegoat for those who disagree with the popularity of e-learning and online degree programs. These critics have joyfully spread inaccurate information; and others have jumped on the bandwagon of falsehoods and mean-spirited fodder.

But a few truths should help set the record straight and ease the minds of those who are considering non-traditional schooling.

1) The University of Phoenix is the largest university in the United States, with over 300,000 students in attendance. To put that number in perspective, Yale University has an enrollment of approximately 11,250 students, Stanford has 17,747 students, and UCLA — the largest University of California institution – reports having 36, 611 undergraduate and graduate students.

2) The University of Phoenix offers both on-campus and online degree programs; so it is not exclusively an online school. Students may choose to attend classes traditionally at one of the college’s 250 campus locations, or via computer in an online format.

3) The University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association. The HLC is one of only 6 highly-regarded regional institutional accrediting bodies in the U.S. Accreditation is a rigorous process utilized to evaluate educational institutions in order to insure that specified standards of quality and compliance are being met.

4) The University of Phoenix nursing degree programs and counseling degree programs have additional accreditation from the respective professional nursing and counseling organizations.

5) The University of Phoenix has approximately 23,000 faculty members. All have either a master’s or doctoral degree. Those who teach graduate classes are required to be professionally employed in the field in which they teach.

Predictably, some people will always be unprepared or unwilling to accept change. Yet schools like the University of Phoenix will succeed in spite of opposition. Current demand for non-traditional education is high; and new technology will continue to increase efficiency and ease of delivery of educational materials. So it may be wise to replace criticism with an open mind. And please, no more scapegoats.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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Fake Degree Hide and Seek

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

As a child, it was fun to play Hide and Seek. Gleeful cries of “You’re it!” signaled that it was time for one designated child to run and hide and wait to be found. But for those who bought fake degrees to advance their careers, it is no fun being the one who is hiding.

Every week, these bogus degree holders cringe at the news stories of how an employer, co-worker, client or media bloodhound has uncovered a diploma mill degree in someone’s background, leading to job loss, prosecution, or humiliation. These revelations strike fear into the hearts of those who are still hiding their shaky educational foundation.

However, it may not be too late to remedy the situation. To those still in hiding, the message is clear:

Go back to school and earn an accredited online degree. Perhaps past sins will be forgiven if a sincere and diligent effort is made to make things right.

And don’t take too long mulling over your options. Remember the clock is ticking; and you are “it”.

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Popularity: 3% [?]

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