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Thursday, June 30th, 2011

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Thursday, June 30th, 2011

TWU will showcase several online degree programs during information sessions set for July 9.

TWU will offer information sessions on the following online degree programs: Bachelor of Business Administration; RDH to Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene; Bachelor of General Studies;, Bachelor of Science in health studies; RN to Bachelor of Science in nursing; Executive MBA; Master of Science in family studies; Master of Science in food systems administration (nutrition); Master of Science in health studies; Master of Science in kinesiology, coaching emphasis; Master of Science in kinesiology, sports management emphasis; Master of Library Science; RN to Master of Science in nursing; Master of Science in nursing education; Master of Science in nutrition; Master of Science in reading; Master of Arts in teaching; and Ph.D. in nursing science.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Administration Conference Tower located on Administration Drive between Oakland Avenue and Bell Avenue in Denton. Information sessions begin at 9 a.m., and free parking is available on campus.

For more information or to register, call 1-866-809-6130 or 940-898-3014, e-mail , or visit and click “Online Degrees Information Sessions.”

TWU will host an information session showcasing its Executive MBA program July 21 in the mid-cities area.

The session will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mercury Wing M108 at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center, 4501 S. State Highway 360 in Fort Worth.

TWU’s Executive MBA program is designed for middle- and senior-level managers who want to enhance their career skills. Students will be able to earn their degree in just 15 months by taking courses online and on selected Saturdays. Students pay regular TWU tuition and fees.

For more information, call 1-800-283-2291, e-mail or visit .

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Howard School of Business , the No. 1 ranked school for minority MBA studentsaccording to Bloomberg BusinessWeek , is going digital.

The school recently announced the launch of its first online degree program. The Online Executive MBA program starts in January 2012 and consists of 42 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in 18 months.

“The Howard University Online Executive MBA is crafted for the elite business professional who is ready to lead and seeks a competitive edge in global business,” the website reads.

The school wants to make management education accessible to those who desire to work full-time and obtain a degree. They expect the program to provide a comprehensive understanding of the industry and prepare individuals to strategically think and act from the perspective of senior leadership.

Last year syndicated radio talk-show host Tom Joyner founded HBCUsOnline , an educational services company that partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide access to accredited online degree programs. Since September of 2010, more than 150,000 adult students have visited the site. Last month, Florida A M University “whose college of law was ranked the nation’s most diverse law school by U.S. News and World Report “and Tennessee State University joined Texas Southern University , who was already on the roster.

Inaugural classes for Howard School of Business start in January 2012. Applications will be accepted starting this month.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Many nontraditional students are pursuing online degree courses through a variety of options from either major universities or reputable online educational institutions, but there are some factors that students may be overlooking and, as a result, are avoiding necessary steps that must be taken by men and women who wish to acquire their education from an Internet classroom. Obviously, there are some benefits that these students see when it comes to pursuing an online course or degree program, but there are also problems which may arise when it comes to a student being able to benefit from an online education.

One of the first mistakes that new students typically make when looking at online college degree courses is they want to enter into an online degree course where the cost is quite low. No one will argue that any student, be they an online student or traditional student, would love to see their tuition bill shrink and less overall expenses be paid when it comes to pursuing a specific degree, but in the world of online colleges, opting for the cheapest route is sometimes detrimental to the student and their goals. There are, sadly, some educational institutions that work in the online arena who are simply looking to make a profit and produce graduates at a pace that may not give the students the best education for their money.

Online students do have options for financial assistance, and these opportunities should be explored, yet students also need to understand that when they are researching a degree program that can be accessed through an online university, looking at a college’s accreditation should be also part of their research plan. Finding a reputable institution is one of these necessary steps that must go along with the online student research into not only what colleges will offer the degree they seek but what a particular online degree course will entail.

Reputable and accredited online universities usually have financial aid departments which can be contacted or even offer assistance themselves to students who may qualify for certain forms of aid, particularly if a low income student is unable to meet the costs of studying in a specific online degree program. Obviously, students will want to avoid acquiring a high amount of debt for these online degree courses, and this goes for traditional college classes as well, even though student loans are also an option for online students as well.

It’s no secret that there are some men and women who are attempting to educate themselves and earn a college degree but either their personal life or location will not allow them to attend a major university, so they turn to these online college degree courses to meet their needs, but it also needs to be understood that there are some traditional universities that offer distance education and even online courses as well, so looking at not only reputable online universities but degree programs from these more well-established universities can be beneficial when it comes to getting a quality education.

What nontraditional students need to know is that before settling on a particular online university, financial aid resources must be consulted, applications filled out for scholarships and grants, and students may also want to contact their chosen online universities to inquire whether they can get the assistance they need to meet tuition costs. While it will take some time and effort, students will usually win out in the long run as avoiding universities that may offer a lower price tag could potentially translate to a higher quality educational experience and may even help some enter into the career they had hoped to pursue while earning their degree.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The New York Times Company plans to continue its slow advance into the realm of higher education this fall. It announced today that it is teaming up with the University of Southern California to offer continuing education programs to try to tap a growing market of adults looking to pick up new skills.

The new programs will comprise sequences of online courses taught by USC faculty through the Times Company’s online learning platform. While the programs will not count toward any degree, they represent the media company’s first foray into multicourse online sequences intended to confer a coherent body of knowledge. And that is yet another step toward full-fledged degree programs, which are coming, according to Felice Nudelman, the company’s executive director of education.

The company is pursuing partnerships that might soon have it stamping its seal on diplomas, Nudelman says. “We intend to grow in that market,” she says. “With USC, we are excited with this first step because we are excited about the potential for further depth and collaboration.”

The Times Company, which has seen its annual revenues fall by about 30 percent in the last five years, has waded into the waters of higher education more deliberately than some of its peers — most notably the Washington Post Company, which now pays for its journalism operations largely off the back of Kaplan Inc., one of the country’s largest degree-granting enterprises.

But the Times’s activities in higher education have picked up in recent years. The Times Company in 2008 purchased a majority stake in Epsilen , an online learning and social networking platform. It has since teamed up with a number of colleges and universities to offer online courses in which students can earn certificates and, in some cases, transferable credits. The Times Company would not disclose how much money it has been making from its higher ed forays, but Nudelman says it has been “very happy” with the outcome so far.

At a time when many institutions are entering into financial partnerships with outside education companies to help grow their online infrastructures, sometimes to the chagrin of traditional faculty, the Times is trying to position itself as an alternative to companies that offer similar services but seem like less natural allies to universities. “It is a model that we find our colleagues in the education sector to be comfortable with, and it’s a model that benefits both in terms of revenue,” says Nudelman.

To the extent that credentials are what many online learners want for their money, the Times Company’s new collaboration with USC represents a step backward from the certificate programs it is undertaking with institutions such as Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ball State University.

But Nudelman says the Times believes there is also a market for lifelong learners who are willing to pay to learn for learning’s sake. USC already runs face-to-face, noncredit continuing education courses that it says are profitable. The idea would be for the Times Company to help USC increase the scale of those programs by offering them online, while bolstering them by letting instructors draw on the New York Times archive and occasionally tap Times journalists for guest lectures.

There will be seven programs and 40 courses total in the NYT/USC partnership. The programs are in architecture, arts and culture, cinematic arts, global health, American politics, business and leadership, and executive education in business. There will also be a program in journalism aimed at high school students. But for the most part, the programs are tailored toward students “probably in their mid-20s through late 50s,” says Eileen Kohan, executive director of continuing education at USC. The length and price vary by course, but most last about four weeks and cost between $195 and $275, she says. Courses commence October 13.

USC believes the overseas brand cachet of the Times and its subsidiary, The International Herald Tribune, will allow the university to expand its global footprint, especially in Asia, says Kohan. Apropos, the two institutions are planning to formally open the new programs at an event in Hong Kong.

While online degree programs enroll many overseas students, fewer let adult learners “test the waters” by taking continuing education courses with a relatively low buy-in.

“Looking toward the resources we have and expanding internationally, there’s no one doing that,” Kohan says.

For the latest technology news from Inside Higher Ed, follow @IHEtech on Twitter.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The University of Florida has just announced the launch of the very first online master’s degree in the emerging field of medication therapy management (mtm).

Online PR News – 16-June-2011 -GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is launching an online Master of Science in Pharmacy in Medication Therapy Management , with classes starting this month. The program is the first master’s available in the emerging field of medication therapy management, and can be completed in less than two years.

UF’s groundbreaking program develops patient-care pharmacists who are committed to delivering a higher standard of care to patients with multiple therapies and conditions that need comprehensive medication management . Through a focus on advanced pharmacotherapy of complex diseases, effective communication practices, and the business and regulatory aspects of medication therapy management, students will learn to impact the treatment of each patient and lead the delivery of MTM services in their organizations.

“What excites me is the potential for the program to serve as an agent of change for our profession,” said Program Director Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., a UF clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. “The program has the potential to move the profession of pharmacy forward so that direct care becomes a reality for more pharmacists than ever before.”

The program’s online format delivers advanced pharmacy education that is flexible and accessible for pharmacists who need to work while completing their degree.

About the University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Since 1923, The University of Florida College of Pharmacy has prepared graduates to take independent professional responsibility for the outcome of drug therapy in patients. The college is ranked among the top colleges of pharmacy
in the nation and has a prestigious reputation. Dedicated to excellence in pharmacy research, service, and educational programs, the college strives to be an integral part of the evolution of health care.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Thanks to financial assistance programs, many colleges and universities grant scholarships and special loan systems to students who can’t afford to pay education costs. Free online degree options are therefore a reality that those who thought they can’t afford an education will be able to grasp. Convenient because of the flexibility of the program that allows one to have a job too, free online degree programs are a chance you should not miss.
The costs of education are incredibly high and the possibility to pay is very limited even if one has already joined the workforce. Self-motivated students may thus access and enjoy grant programs. Because of lack of information or due to the belief that too low grades or qualifications cannot earn them a scholarship, few people apply for free online degree programs.
Certain educational systems target the non-traditional students while others are performance based. Unlike students loans, free online degree programs do not require reimbursement. The criteria that qualify one for such a program include artistic skills, community service, athletic ability, grade point averages or the desire to study in a field where there is much need of personnel. People with handicaps, children of military personnel and older women who want to take up college are also eligible.
You can also access a free online degree contest-based, with the scholarship granted to whoever completes the test best. You can learn about such financial assistance and the requirements you need to match, from various free online degree resources. The admission process is perhaps the biggest challenge you’ll have to face. Before you can get access to a free online degree program, you have to file an application, fill in questionnaires and register with a university. Starting from the data you provide, you may be asked to come up with supplementary documents.
Free online degree directories provide most assistance to the interested candidate, allowing one to search according to personal criteria. The access to scholarships and grants can thus be achieved according to courses to study, cost, colleges and programs, or demographics.
Based on these elements you’ll get information on the schools that provide free online degree programs; plus, you will additionally receive the institutions’ guidelines too. Do not destroy your chances of superior education by discarding such free online options from the beginning. You pay the money or miss the chance of good education if you ignore free online degree options!

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Hundreds of students nominate high school teachers and college professors in “Inspiring Educator Essay Contest”

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The top five essays were determined by the amount of feedback the each essay received through blog comments, Facebook “Likes”, and emails from fellow students and. The grand prize-winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced on July 1st.

Kim LeMoon, a student at Rutgers University , is one of the contest finalists. In her essay, “To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores”, Kim sings the praises of one of her freshman year professors. “She is the kind of teacher who created opportunities for active learning , promoting independent though and expression, rather than merely imparting information,” wrote Kim. “I hope that one day I might become the kind of professor that inspires students the way my professor has inspired me.”

To learn more about the contest and read all of the finalist’s essays, visit .

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