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Archive for August, 2009

Adult Learners Fuel Changes in Higher Education

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The rock ‘n tumble ups and downs in the economy have forced change upon many people.

As individuals lost their financial footing, many reached out to an old friend — higher education.

Going back to school has always been the fallback remedy for those who need to earn more money.But in the past, it has been difficult to juggle work schedules, picking up the children, and other obligations, along with the need to be on a college campus at a specific time for a certain number of hours.

That has changed; and adult learners couldn’t be happier about it.

Adult learners, older students with job and family responsibilities, continue to enroll in school. But they have embraced user-friendly online classes and online degree programs.

This, in turn, has brought about major changes in higher education.

According to the Sloan Consortium, over 3.9 million students signed up for one or more online college classes in 2007. The study also showed that the growth rate for online education is 12.9% a year. So by now, two years later, we could surmise — using that growth rate — that there are at least half a million more online students.

With approximately 4.4 million students choosing to study online, the popularity of distance learning has forced traditional colleges and universities to change the way they do business. Most college campuses now offer online classes; and this e-learning option generally fills up quickly during the registration period.

Online schools, commonly called for-profit schools, are thriving because they have honed the art of providing excellent support services to adult learners. They work diligently to smooth the path of the online education journey, which propels their enrollment numbers.

Many traditional schools still cater to high school graduates, leaving adult learners to fend for themselves. Working adults often find it difficult to make it to the college counselors, teachers’ office hours, bookstores and learning labs before closing time.

But these problems have only served to point adult learners in the direction of online schools.

Change will continue to define higher education as distance learning technology, the unbeatable flexibility of online degree programs, and the low price of computers make online learning a great choice for busy students.

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Secretary of Education Urges E-learning for Students with Flu

Monday, August 24th, 2009

With school now in session, swine flu cases are expected to increase.

Therefore, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Anne Duncan, urged today that schools all over the nation prepare alternative e-learning materials for sick students who are absent.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

“Although the severity of flu outbreaks during the fall and winter of 2009-10 is unpredictable, more communities may be affected than were affected in spring/summer 2009, reflecting wider transmission and possibly greater impact.”

As a result, schools have received recommendations from several agencies — including the Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to Secretary Duncan, online education is a key component in avoiding the interruption of instruction to students who must be isolated from others while recuperating from the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

With help from Microsoft, Apple and other companies, schools are working to provide alternative instruction packets that will enable sick students to work from home using their computers and additional resources.

Just as distance learning has revolutionized higher education through online degree programs, online schools and online classes, the implementation of e-learning for younger students offers a win-win situation for both students and their schools.

Normally, when public school students are absent from class, their schools lose federal dollars for that student for the day. When many students are absent, school finances suffer. However, if instruction continues through online learning, schools should receive compensation while student keep pace with their classmates.

School officials hope that the mid-October arrival of swine flu vaccines will save the day and keep students healthy.

However, in the meantime, e-learning continues to hold its place as a valuable pedagogical alternative and technological triumph for students who need its flexibility.

And flu or no flu, learning will prevail.

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No Long Lines or Registration Stress for Online School Students

Friday, August 21st, 2009

For Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) students, fall registration has been no picnic. Instead, it has been stressful.

And the same scenario is being played out at colleges and universities all over the country.

Although on-campus students at SRJC may register online, huge budget cuts at California schools have made it difficult for students to complete their online enrollment with all of the necessary classes in tow.

According to the Press Democrat, over 430 classes were cut from SRJC’s fall schedule, depleting the pool of possible choices and thwarting students’ efforts to find their classes, especially at schedule-friendly times.

This has created a nightmare for students, especially those who are just a few units away from graduation.

As a result, many ended up in unusually long registration lines — with some dragging along lawn chairs to sit on during the marathon registration process.

However, higher education students who have chosen online schools are not experiencing the same registration woes.

Online schools generally offer a streamlined enrollment experience, with smooth sailing promised by most schools as they offer the entire process online — with help readily available 24/7 by phone if needed.

Online degree students are supported and counseled throughout the application, registration and enrollment experience. And there are no long lines or stresses about whether a class will be available.

Once all classes have been secured, online students are free to continue their schedules of work, family, friends, vacations and travel while fitting their study time in where it is convenient.

Located in winery-rich Sonoma County, SRJC is an exemplary California school. But this has not spared it from the budget woes that are plaguing the state.

And things may get worse before they get better, even as community schools across the nation await federal monies to shore up their finances.

But students do have a choice — they can leave the registration rat race and enter the restful environment of online degree programs and online schools.

After all, no one should have to drag lawn chairs to college.

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E-learners Find Great Computer Deals for the New School Year

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Students enrolling in school this fall will find great wallet-friendly deals on personal computers.

From small fry to adults, students of all ages can start the new school year with a desktop or laptop computer at deals that continue to get better with every dip in the economy.

And e-learners are among those who will benefit the most as competing computer stores pull out all the stops to woo customers and generate sales revenue. Since online degree programs allow the ease of taking all classes online at convenient times and locations, computers should be able to withstand the rigors of steady, long-term use.

Most new computers meet the minimum requirements for college students; but if extensive software will be loaded onto the computer, then a faster processor and more memory may be required. For example, music and graphic design students fall into this category.

Students should research their computer requirements in order to tailor their search and find exactly what they need.

Laptop computers are available for prices ranging from the low-$200’s upward, depending upon memory, screen size, screen resolution, processor, memory, battery, included software and other specifications.

In general, some of the best places to shop for computer bargains include:

  • Costco — great prices, plus instant savings on specific computer models
  • Wal Mart — low everyday prices
  • DellĀ  — daily special prices on select models
  • Best Buy — large selection and wide price range
  • CompUSA — mail-in rebate deals

Students should check their newspapers for sale ads and check online for Internet bargains. Some deals may have limited quantities; so students should act quickly.

College students are eligible for additional discounts in their school bookstores and at Apple Computers. At Apple, either online or in-store, students will need to provide the name of their college or university in order to benefit from extra savings.

There has never been a better time to shop for a computer; so all students should shop around until they find exactly what they need at a price they can afford. Netbooks, or mini-computers, are generally the least expensive laptops and pack a lot into a small package. They may lack dvd capability; but they are extremely lightweight (about 2 pounds) and usually have built-in web-cams as well.

With holidays approaching, like Labor Day, the deals just keep coming. So shoppers, start your engines!

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Belford University Degrees Worthless According to BBB

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

As students gear up for the new school year, it is especially important that they avoid schools that promise something for nothing — a college degree for little or no work.

So the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns students to stay away from Belford University and Belford High School because, as it states, their degrees are worthless.

Consumers should be careful to make sure that colleges and universities are accredited by reputable accrediting agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

According to a recent article by the Better Business Bureau:

“Most people learned that their Belford diplomas and degrees were worthless from college admissions offices or military recruiters and several received the bad news during a job interview.” -August 4th, 2009

Businesses like Belford University/Belford High School prey upon those who are looking for a quick way to boost their resumes for a new job or job promotion.

Unfortunately, Belford solicits money for ‘life experience’ degrees without revealing that those degrees are not accredited. The degrees may look like the real thing, but they are not backed by anything tangible.

The consumer gains nothing in the long run, but loses much.

Once an employer discovers that the Belford degree is based upon paying a fee to receive a shiny new diploma with phony transcripts, the caper is over and the employee is fired or demoted in a humiliating sequence of predictable events.

To make matters even worse, there is no recourse, no letter of recommendation for a new job and generally no chance of a refund from Belford.

Thousands of accredited online degree programs offer reputable college degrees; so students do not have to turn to diploma mills to boost their resumes.

Nowadays, it is quick and easy for employers to check out the integrity of a candidate’s credentials. The Internet makes fast work of discovering such blatant deception.

For a resume that stands the test of time, students will find that accredited online degrees, online schools, vocational schools and certificate programs are the real ticket to true and lasting career success.

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Back to School: Just a Few Steps Away for Online Students

Friday, August 7th, 2009

As department stores tout their back-to-school sales, both eager and reluctant college students set their sights on the tasks at hand — especially registering for classes and buying textbooks.

This is usually accomplished by waiting in long, snaking lines that seem to go on for miles.

But summer has disappeared like a wisp of smoke; and students must get back into the groove of studying and learning.

So they do what they have to do, including checking to make sure their transportation is reliable enough to get them back and forth to campus. Some students have even taken the plunge into new car ownership through the new federal ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program, which offers a substantial rebate to those who trade in an older auto.

But millions of innovative students glide into the new school year without the long lines and the auto worries; because their back-to-school tasks take place online. They register for classes online, purchase books online, scour their class syllabus online, and download free software to watch lectures online. They also e-mail or upload assignments; so there is no need to travel to a physical campus.

In other words, the few short steps to a personal computer are the longest commute that most online school and online degree students will experience.

And distance-learning technology continues to transform and streamline the education process for both online teachers and online students; so that the future of online learning continues to be bright.

As the school year begins anew, some students will drive to class and others will walk a few steps to their computers.

But they will all get down to brass tacks of learning.

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Dual Enrollment May Help Families Save College Tuition Dollars

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The hunt is on for the best way to save money while snagging a top-notch college education.

Parents of high school students are struggling to accommodate future college graduates without financially burdening themselves.

But one solution is not found in uncharted territory. In fact, homeschoolers and others have already cleared this brush and opened the trail for others to follow.

It is the practice of dual enrollment — being enrolled in both high school and college classes at the same time.

Dual enrollment usually involves high school juniors and seniors who are motivated and diligent enough to handle their high school workload while keeping up with college classes that can be significantly more demanding.

But the payoff can be worth it; and students often receive:

(1) both high school and college credit for the same completed college course,

(2) a full year’s credit in high school for a college course that is completed in half a year,

(3) college credit that shortens the time required for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and

(4) tuition help from the high school for courses taken at a community college or public university.

Dual enrollment is not for the faint of heart; since it involves an extra sacrifice of time in diligent study to complete college assignments that are geared for self-starters who are able to work independently.

Also, dual enrollment requires wise planning with the help of guidance counselors in order to insure that college credit will be accepted by the high school and any colleges to which the units will be transferred.

High schoolers should check the syllabus of the desired college class before enrolling to make sure the class meeting time and workload do not conflict with high school classes and activities.

Online classes through accredited junior colleges, online schools and traditional four-year universities allow maximum flexibility for those who choose to take advantage of this strategy. However, students should consult with their high school counselors to determine the best path to follow.

Students should also remember that there are other ways to rack up college credit — including taking Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

Yet dual enrollment is an excellent option for many who are looking for a creative way to save money and time on their college journey.

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