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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

It’s hard to say which is more remarkable about Kayla Heard, that she is graduating this spring from Washington State University at age 16 or that she earned her degree without ever entering a classroom.

Teen-aged college graduates are rare (shades of “Doogie Howser, M.D.”) but online degrees are increasingly common and gaining respect among employers, even when the graduate never had to set his or her actual feet on campus.

The home-schooled Union, Wash., girl’s attendance by PC in the bedroom space that she calls her “nerd cave” is significant in light of another story in the news: soaring college costs and student loan debt.

Ms. Heard’s achievement was made possible by online learning, an innovation that illustrates how much more clever colleges and universities have been at making money than finding ways to save it.

Over the past 25 years, college tuition and fees have risen three times as fast as individual family income, according to the College Board, and tuition has increased over the past decade at a rate of 5.6 percent per year beyond the rate of general inflation.

That’s not all the fault of the colleges, of course, especially public institutions whose budgets are being cut by state governments and other hard-pressed funding sources.

Nevertheless, other hard-pressed funding sources like parents and students are asking a question that used to be unthinkable: Is college worth the cost?

No question that we Americans still love college diplomas, polls show. We only hate the soaring price. Student loan debt outpaced credit card debt for the first time last year and is likely to top a trillion dollars this year, compared to less than $200 billion in 2000, according to Fastweb.com, a site that compiles public and private student loan information.

As a result, the average college graduate leaves school with $24,000 in debt, a figure that begins to weigh on the diploma’s potential value in many minds and many wallets.

A recent Pew Center poll found a majority of Americans (57 percent) now say the higher education system in the United States “fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend.”

Even more (75 percent) say college is too expensive for most Americans to afford.

As grandiose as it may sound, the future of the American dream is at stake.

We Americans like to think that our kids will earn a better standard of living than we have. Instead, it is becoming harder for the next generation merely to hold on.

Student loan debt is a drag on individual lives and overall economic growth. It means young people take longer to marry, buy a home, have children and, in general, grow up.

What can be done? The growth of online courses nationwide – even at Harvard – illustrates how much we need to rethink about education in the new century.

We can begin by making the future of education funding part of the coming year’s political debates on the federal and state level.

Congress is considering cuts to Pell Grants for low-income college students, for example, at a time when the potential value of a college diploma is more important than ever.

But colleges and universities also need to investigate and report why college tuition and fees have risen at a higher rate than general inflation – and family incomes – over the past 25 years, even during recessions.

Particularly troublesome are the for-profit colleges, whose students are more likely than those at nonprofits to default on student loans.

Although they make up only about 12 percent of those enrolled in higher education, says the Department of Education, the for-profit colleges’ students make up almost half of those who default – and about a fourth of the federal Pell Grant funds.

The Obama administration is pushing new regulations under which for-profit colleges would lose access to federal student aid if they fail to meet benchmarks for loan repayments.

Those benchmarks would include penalties for producing too many graduates whose incomes are too low to repay debts.

The for-profit schools say the rules put an unfair burden on them. That’s worth debating. But so is the obligation that institutions of higher learning have to help students get a good return on their time, effort and money, whether it is spent online or in an old-school classroom.

Clarence Page is a syndicated columnist. Email: cpage@tribune.com.

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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Monday, May 30th, 2011

Posted on: Monday, 30 May 2011, 00:00 CDT

With the implementation online life experience degree programs at Almeda University, students no longer are required to show up at a specific appointed time and place once or more times weekly to listen to a professor’s lecture.

Boise, ID (PRWEB) May 28, 2011

Online Degrees like those offered by Almeda University are experiencing growing increases in demand by job seeking applicants. For decades, there have been questions and concerns about the value of Life Experience Degrees. But, recent statistics show continuous growing demand for job seeking individuals to obtain their degree online. Online degrees are now not only readily acceptable by employers and companies across the globe but are also desirable by student’s world wide as well.

Online degrees and distance learning programs offered today are much more widely accepted as compared to those offered years and decades ago. Now, students can earn online degrees through flexible scheduling instruction with interactive discussion boards through thesis based programs, comprehensive essay exam programs or even learning experience degree programs . The latter three online degrees programs, which have become especially popular among busy, experienced professionals, are offered in abundance by well known Almeda University . Almeda is one of the internet’s foremost leaders in distance education and offers online degrees.

With the implementation online degree programs, students no longer are required to show up at specific appointed time and place once or more times weekly to listen to a professor’s lecture. Lectures are now delivered electronically online at more convenient time offering flexibility in the student’s life.

Almeda University students seeking a life experience degree have the option of documenting their knowledge by writing a thesis, a dissertation, submitting prior published articles, or writing responses to essay questions in order to fulfill program requirements as specified by the instructor online. Thanks to internet distance learning, online degrees are now attainable and becoming more valuable every day.

Director Emeritus of Instructional Telecommunications from North Carolina State University concludes that there is now very little difference between traditional and distance classroom teaching. After reviewing over 400 distance education studies that indicate test scores and grades are virtually identical for online degree students and traditional classroom students.

The clear conclusion is that today’s technology and students have progressed together challenging each other and making each other better. Today’s employers look for internet and computer savvy students, which also places a premium on online degrees. Doctor Chuck Carekirk of Almeda University notes that “our students are more prepared, more knowledgeable, and more skilled than ever before”in large part precisely because they have the internet and they are pursuing online degrees. The stakes, the competition and the demands are just too high for them not to be very sharp and educated in their chosen fields.”

In fact, students pursuing online experiences degrees enter the work force with more specialized skills and relevant, practical experience than those whose education has been limited to the traditional classroom setting. Designed with the needs of the working adult in mind, most online degrees programs have been created by business and industry professionals specifically for students to develop skills and methods most in demand by today’s employers. Traditional classroom programs often do not emphasize such skills to the same extent.

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Monday, May 30th, 2011

Posted on: Monday, 30 May 2011, 00:00 CDT

With the implementation online life experience degree programs at Almeda University, students no longer are required to show up at a specific appointed time and place once or more times weekly to listen to a professor’s lecture.

Boise, ID (PRWEB) May 28, 2011

Online Degrees like those offered by Almeda University are experiencing growing increases in demand by job seeking applicants. For decades, there have been questions and concerns about the value of Life Experience Degrees. But, recent statistics show continuous growing demand for job seeking individuals to obtain their degree online. Online degrees are now not only readily acceptable by employers and companies across the globe but are also desirable by student’s world wide as well.

Online degrees and distance learning programs offered today are much more widely accepted as compared to those offered years and decades ago. Now, students can earn online degrees through flexible scheduling instruction with interactive discussion boards through thesis based programs, comprehensive essay exam programs or even learning experience degree programs . The latter three online degrees programs, which have become especially popular among busy, experienced professionals, are offered in abundance by well known Almeda University . Almeda is one of the internet’s foremost leaders in distance education and offers online degrees.

With the implementation online degree programs, students no longer are required to show up at specific appointed time and place once or more times weekly to listen to a professor’s lecture. Lectures are now delivered electronically online at more convenient time offering flexibility in the student’s life.

Almeda University students seeking a life experience degree have the option of documenting their knowledge by writing a thesis, a dissertation, submitting prior published articles, or writing responses to essay questions in order to fulfill program requirements as specified by the instructor online. Thanks to internet distance learning, online degrees are now attainable and becoming more valuable every day.

Director Emeritus of Instructional Telecommunications from North Carolina State University concludes that there is now very little difference between traditional and distance classroom teaching. After reviewing over 400 distance education studies that indicate test scores and grades are virtually identical for online degree students and traditional classroom students.

The clear conclusion is that today’s technology and students have progressed together challenging each other and making each other better. Today’s employers look for internet and computer savvy students, which also places a premium on online degrees. Doctor Chuck Carekirk of Almeda University notes that “our students are more prepared, more knowledgeable, and more skilled than ever before”in large part precisely because they have the internet and they are pursuing online degrees. The stakes, the competition and the demands are just too high for them not to be very sharp and educated in their chosen fields.”

In fact, students pursuing online experiences degrees enter the work force with more specialized skills and relevant, practical experience than those whose education has been limited to the traditional classroom setting. Designed with the needs of the working adult in mind, most online degrees programs have been created by business and industry professionals specifically for students to develop skills and methods most in demand by today’s employers. Traditional classroom programs often do not emphasize such skills to the same extent.

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Monday, May 30th, 2011

Posted on: Sunday, 15 May 2011, 00:02 CDT

The University of Mississippi seeks talented candidates for a new online master degree program in health care administration for the fall.

Oxford, MS (PRWEB) May 14, 2011

The University of Mississippi seeks talented candidates for a new online master degree program in health care administration starting in the fall. The program is designed for full-time students, with online instruction the primary method of content delivery.

“The program will include an internship to ensure that graduates are ready to meet the demands of the workplace upon graduation,” said Clyde Deschamp, professor and chair of general health professions. “The job outlook and earnings potential of health care administrators is very good. The mean annual wage for all health care managers in 2009 was $90,970. Hospital executives may earn considerably more with a mean salary exceeding $400,000.”

“This is a great collaboration between the UMMC and the School of Business,” said Bethany Cooper, director of corporate relations and MBA services. “We are excited to combine our collective faculty expertise to deliver a program that will graduate future leaders in the health care administration industry.” New graduates and mid-career professionals are encouraged to pursue the program, Cooper said. “The industry is growing and changing rapidly and there is a need for bright creative talent,” she said. “This is a new, cutting-edge online program designed to provide graduates an opportunity to assume upper-level managerial and leadership roles within the health care delivery system.”

Administrators and faculty on both campuses expressed their support for the new program. “Faculty from our health science campus, along with faculty from the School of Business Administration, provide a powerful team approach to instruction,” said Chancellor Dan Jones. “I am pleased the University of Mississippi will offer opportunities for people interested in the field of health administration. This offering should be a valuable opportunity for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world.”

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