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Happy Holidays from Directory of Schools

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

As the year draws to a close, Directory of Schools would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

Many of you have just breathed a sigh of relief after finishing your winter semester in an online degree program or in distance learning classes.

And although you are preparing to begin online school or on-campus courses again in a couple of weeks, we hope you will enjoy this time away from your studies and find renewal in body and spirit. Whether this renewal is found by spending time with loved ones, in giving time and resources to others who are less fortunate, or enjoying the bargain-hunting of after-Christmas sales, we wish you well.

The Directory of Schools staff would especially like to wish a safe and blessed holiday season to U.S. military men and women who are serving overseas in war zones, far from family and friends. Our wishes also extend to those who are spending their holiday season in military and veterans hospitals. May you find comfort, healing and encouragement in the prayers and good tidings of so many of us who are grateful for your commitment and sacrifice.

From our hearts to yours, Happy Holidays!

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Now is the Perfect Time to Consider Online School

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

As newspaper headlines grab our attention with stories about shoes being thrown at President Bush and unusual Las Vegas snow, we eat it up.

We are also transfixed upon celebrity naughtiness, the war in Iraq, shutdowns at the Spokane airport, the economy, holiday sales, world events, Christmas shopping, and even reports of free shipping for our online purchases.

It is so easy for us to become nearsighted and lose our focus on long-lost goals that appear fuzzy in the distant future. So we sit on the seashore, watch the world go by and wish we could be like the ones who seem to have it all.

But now is the perfect time to consider our life goals, especially for the coming year. This is the right time to scratch what didn’t work in the past and create a new plan for the future.

We happily take a break from asking ourselves, “Where do I want to be in my life a year from now?” But as we do, time is passing — valuable time that cannot be replaced or recovered.

Millions of people have turned to online school as a vehicle for change in their lives. Some have jumped right into an online degree program without the initial toe-dipping to test the waters; while others have eased into e-learning’s flexible scheduling and high-tech software support.

From high school graduates to career-oriented adult learners, distance learning students have discovered ways to reinvent themselves while studying in comfortable environments of their own choosing, and often while continuing to work full and part-time jobs.

Students are studying for new careers or upgrading old ones. They are earning online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with professional certificates and vocational certification.

Like rivers feeding into the ocean, education comes in a variety of forms that lift up those who are bold enough or wise enough to seek a proven path of opportunity.

Of course, working toward a college degree involves diligence and sacrifice; but the duration of a course of study is relatively short compared to a lifetime of benefits.

And after completion, graduates are prepared and qualified to dive into life’s opportunities. Then they will be the ones who are living life, rather than those who have chosen to watch from the shoreline.

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Sweeping Gains Reported in Online School Enrollment

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Once upon a time and not too long ago, personal computers were considered to be a luxury, a fad and even an unwise indulgence.

But they are now woven into the fabric of everyday life as business and education tools, Educational Tools catalysts and communication devices. This boon in personal computers has also spawned a booming cottage industry of business, recreational and education software.

Together, the PC and its ever-expanding software have transformed the world, including higher education.

And apparently, a high-tech online education is now the preference for millions of students — or at least for the 3.9 million who are taking online classes in U.S. colleges, universities and for-profit online schools

The recent 2008 Sloan Consortium study of 2,500 colleges and universities states: “Online enrollments have continued to grow at rates far in excess of the total higher education student population, with the most recent data demonstrating no signs of slowing.”

According to the report, the sweeping gains in e-learning popularity are expected to continue to rise in spite of, and even because of, difficulties associated with the U.S. economy. In fact, recession worries are expected to draw working adults to online classes as the need for updated job skills becomes necessary for holding onto jobs, for advancement in careers, or for seeking new employment. 

The general rise of technology in education is on a “never turn back” path that has spread like the ivy that covers many of the old, established college campuses. Students have tasted the freedom that studying online inevitably brings; and they want more of it.

In addition, online school is a long-awaited gift for those who have no other way to prepare for the GED test, earn a college degree or work toward a professional certificate.

No longer designated as a fad, the personal computer has made its prominent mark on society, especially in higher education.  And e-learning continues to move toward its own bright future.

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College Budget Crisis May Lead to Distance Learning Solution

Friday, December 5th, 2008

According to news articles this week, it may take more than just the ‘right stuff’ for students to get into college, and then out again in 4 years.

Even before the threat of massive AT&T layoffs, and while the recession was still being discussed in hushed tones, the possibility of a college education was already in doubt for many who could not afford the cost of rapidly rising tuition.

But in a new twist, the Wall Street Journal reports that public colleges and universities are now themselves feeling the pinch of less state funding along with other disappearing revenues. Affected schools may be forced to limit freshman enrollment and cut back on the number of classes offered. This may extend the time that it takes for students to graduate.

Yet officials are actively seeking solutions to budget problems that have already impacted public institutions in Florida, California and other states.

One of the solutions put forth for struggling schools is an expansion of distance learning programs, which may enable schools to accommodate more students while spending less money. Online degree programs and online courses have been popular for some time now

According to a study of 2,500 colleges and universities, over 20% of all U.S. college students were taking at least one online class in the fall of 2007. The report by the Sloan Consortium, entitled “Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008″, also stated that “public institutions continue to be the most likely to believe that online education is critical to their long-term strategy.”

E-learning is also a beneficial for students, who save gas and time by taking online classes. 

As higher education officials sort out the pros and cons of how to remain afloat while serving the student population, it probable that students will also seek their own solutions –including taking advantage of low-cost junior colleges, inexpensive online schools and employer-paid education.

And hopefully students will also remember that “where there is a will, there is a way”. 

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Concord Law School Grad Allowed to Sit for Massachusetts Bar Exam

Monday, December 1st, 2008

An online law school graduate recently made the news when he sued the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners and won the right to take the state bar exam.

Like a sonic boom, it has rocked the legal education community.

Ross Mitchell, an online school graduate of Concord Law School, passed the California bar exam in 2004. But since Concord is not approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), Mitchell was not eligible to practice law outside of California and could not sit for the bar exam in other states.

However, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in Mitchell’s favor and made an exception after reviewing his excellent academic record.

The decision comes at a time that the American Bar Association is preparing to perform a comprehensive review, which will include an thorough assessment of online law schools. Mitchell’s success in this case may open up the opportunity for other exemplary e-learning law school grads to challenge the ABA requirements for taking state bar exams.

Concord Law School, Mitchell’s alma mater, is a fully online law school. It is recognized by the California Bar Association; so graduates may sit for the California bar exam and, if they pass, practice law in California. However, the ABA does not recognize any law degree that is completely earned by distance learning.

And although Concord Law School is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, it is not approved by the ABA because it is an online law degree.

Some states outside of California allow Concord Law School graduates to sit for the bar exam if the candidate has passed the California bar exam and has worked as a lawyer for five years. But other states, like Minnesota, do not allow graduates to sit for the bar exam.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court made a step in the right direction to insure fairness for graduates of reputable online schools like Concord Law School.

Maybe the ABA will follow suit.

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