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Students Archive for July, 2009

Visibility Vs. Quality: Which Makes the Better College?

How often are high school students told that, in order to be successful, they must attend a college that is above all things instantly recognizable? While high visibility is usually a great indicator that a school is quality material, there are many other factors that may balance out or even outweigh elements like visibility alone.… | Read More

Harvard University Opens its Doors to Online Education

Maybe you have to be on the right mailing list, but it came as news to me the other day when I learned that one of the thirteen colleges on the Harvard campus is the Harvard University Extension School. It has apparently been in existence for close to a century, focusing on continuing education… | Read More

Community Colleges Enthusiastic Over New Financial Opportunities

Last week, President Obama gave a speech in which he announced his "American Graduation Initiative," a plan involving the investment of $12 billion into the United States' community college system. As expected, community colleges across the country are thrilled with this development and already seeking new ways to upgrade their facilities.
Big plans are already… | Read More

A Little Educational Anarchy at MIT

One of the most interesting aspects of the early Internet days - Web 1.0, in today's terminology - was the spirit of freedom that ruled the online culture.�� The notion of selling services did not come easily to the Internet, where traditionally what you found online was free to use.
Open source software and software… | Read More

Ivy League Comes to the Desktop: Online Degrees

eCornell has become a reality as Cornell University has developed a series of online training programs that result in certification.�� The training program consists of courses designed as continuing education for professionals or those entering the job market that want to study specific aspects of executive management.
These are twelve week courses divided into… | Read More

Feds Working toward Student Loan Relief

As of July 1st 2009 students with federally guaranteed loans now have the option of a monthly payment cap based on income level.�� The College Cost Reduction and Access Act took effect on July 1st of this year, providing opportunities for a college loan payment cap.�� According to the terms of the bill any graduate… | Read More

Public Schools Seize Online Education Opportunity

One of the critical components of distance learning is the fact that classroom size is virtually infinite.�� Increasingly, public school systems and many colleges are finding that cost savings realized by the use of online teaching do not compromise the quality of the education.
The Economist reports on an Alabama experiment that has become a… | Read More

Twitter and Education: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

Didn't your teachers ever tell you that it's impolite to twitter in the middle of class? Perhaps they did once, back in the olden days (read: a year ago) when "twittering" referred to giggling and lighthearted chatter. But when it comes to the popular social networking and microblogging application? Far from it.
In fact, they… | Read More

The Three-Year Plan: Getting More Bang For Your College Buck

Between a downturned economy and the rising costs of college, everyone's looking for a way to cut their spending and minimize debt. For some students, that means putting college dreams on hold for a while while they work to save money; for other students, it's the other way around. The average student takes a whopping… | Read More

College Degrees: Personal Protection as well as Personal Achievement

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting today that neither the incumbent lieutenant governor, running for reelection, nor the Republican challenger for governor (and current secretary of state) have college degrees.�� The article goes on to discuss successful people who have gotten to the top without a degree: Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft), Steve Jobs (founder… | Read More

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