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June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010 By: Paul Category: Online Education, Outside the USA, Success Stories Comments Off on June 30, 2010

Inspiration to the nth degree: “Out of the dark: Exeter man earned Ph.D, became teacher after losing sight“.

More free online journalism classes?  Certainly, and this includes an international flair!  Cool insight into Peer 2 Peer University.

May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010 By: Paul Category: Community and Technical Colleges, Education, Outside the USA, Success Stories Comments Off on May 21, 2010

Congrats go out to 70 year-young Mae Patton for earning her associate degree from Volunteer State Community College (TN).

University rankings in the United Kingdom may interest some readers out there.  The Complete University Guide is here.

May 17, 2010

May 17, 2010 By: Paul Category: Education, For-profit Watch, Online Education, State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on May 17, 2010

Congrats goes out to 94 year-young Hazel Soares.  She graduated this past Saturday from Mills College in CA. (Hat Tip: Melody)

NYT: “Plan B: Skip College“.  Hey, this approach works well for quite a few people.

NYT: “A Digital Boot Camp to Groom Talent for Agencies“.  The program, operated by University of Colorado-Boulder, appears on the cutting edge.  Could a similar undertaking achieve success in cyberspace?   

The Crown College saga continues.  Background here.

University of Nevada, Reno won a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for the second year in a row. 

Another look at Udemy by Mashable.

May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010 By: Paul Category: Money Matters, Private Colleges and Universities, State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on May 14, 2010

This is HUGE!  Austin Peay State University (TN) will charge out-of-state distance learners a special rate

…The new fee program is called eRate, approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Instead of paying out-of-state tuition rates, which are roughly three times APSU’s in-state rates, eRate recipients will pay a rate that is 1.5 times the in-state tuition rate. Previously, online students living outside Tennessee paid the standard out-of-state rate…

The APSU online MA in Military History immediately comes to mind.


Mr. Jack Baker, an 80 year-young Eastern New Mexico University student, graduates with a BS in history this coming Saturday.

The Ole Miss online MBA garners a “Best Buy” from GetEducated.com. 

Finally:  Drury University (MO) begins teaching a online webinar in social media, for graduate credit.

May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010 By: Paul Category: Active Duty Military, Military, Online Education, Reserve/National Guard, State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories, Veterans Comments Off on May 11, 2010

How about this 74 year-young University of Southern Mississippi nursing graduate?  Yes!

In terms of online degrees, the University of California system has seen the light (maybe). 

The Air Force Times comments on potential improvements for the present GI Bill:

…Allow veterans taking distance-learning courses to draw the living stipend that is now limited to those attending conventional brick-and-mortar colleges. To do otherwise is to favor traditional schools over online universities — for no particular reason…

Excellent point, especially when considering the number of brick-and-mortar colleges offering fully online programs.

Ohio State: Online Certificate in Food Science

January 27, 2010 By: Paul Category: Continuing Education, Name Recognition, Online Education, State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on Ohio State: Online Certificate in Food Science

Via the Dayton Daily News (OH), we discover a new online continuing education program in food service. Check out these comments from the report.

…Jeff Culbertson, a food-science professor, said there are plenty of opportunities for students. In specialized fields such as food science, he said, there are more job openings than qualified workers.

Demand is so great that companies such as H.J. Heinz, Frito-Lay, Starbucks and even Jack Daniel’s are hiring people with related degrees such as chemistry and then sending them through a one-year, online course that Culbertson runs at Ohio State. He said food-science graduates start out making about $50,000 a year for an undergrad degree and about $65,000 for a graduate degree…

More about the program here.  Pricing for the 5-course certificate is $2,500.

CLEPing out of Western Civ I at age 9

December 07, 2009 By: Paul Category: Online Education, State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on CLEPing out of Western Civ I at age 9

The young lady in this story already has earned three credit hours through CLEP exams.

…Ashley is looking at getting her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. The college offers college degrees through a combination of CLEP tests, distance learning and online courses. Fueled by a love of history, she is considering a history major, but still has several years to make up her mind….


Student and grandmother to graduate together at Texas Tech

May 01, 2008 By: Paul Category: State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on Student and grandmother to graduate together at Texas Tech

Feel-good stories like this one are just so cool.  An 89-year-young grandmother, enrolled at TTU since 1991, looks to graduate with her granddaughter in the near future.

Elleta Nolte said age is no reason to avoid going to college.

“Who originated the idea that mainly the young should attend college?” she asked. “Youth has no real advantage to learning, for we oldsters have experience and insight they lack. We can relate a new concept to a fact we already know. As our age goes up, so can our confidence and our capacity for concentration. And many of us have tolerance, objectivity and are more open-minded than the very young.”

Despite being decades older than most of her classmates, Elleta Nolte said she never felt out of place.

“I was accepted in college as just another student; I never felt any difference,” she said. “I began a conversation with the others as they did me. Always, I was in awe that I was a college student. I never took it for granted.”

Ms. Nolte took advantage of a distance learning program offered by Texas Tech.

It’s desire, not age

February 09, 2008 By: Paul Category: State Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on It’s desire, not age

Speaking from my own experience, graduate study represents no walk in the park by any means.  Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree, it’s not surprising to hear about college graduates holding off for a few years in order to catch their intellectual breath or gain additional experience. 

But there are occasions in which people wait a little longer than just two or three years away from the books.  Recently in California, a 70-year-young gentleman completed his master’s degree after taking ….. 45 years off.  

His major and school: the highly-respected, online Master of Arts in Humanities through California State University – Dominguez Hills.

Lately, I’ve noticed many experienced “young” people earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees after enjoying what life has to offer.  Great stuff, in my opinion.

When I’m Sixty-Four

December 15, 2007 By: Paul Category: Online Education, Success Stories Comments Off on When I’m Sixty-Four

What’s going on with the 64-year-young crowd nowadays? First, we hear that Joe Namath is scheduled to graduate today from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree.

Now we find out about Ms. Billie Norczyk, who also happens to be 64 years-young. She graduated yesterday from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Health Services Administration. The punchline, from Mr. Norczyk:

…”It’s great that the university can make education available to people all over the state, from all walks of life, online,” he added…

We truly live in an era associated with individual self-empowerment. And, keeping with the “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” theme, it’s “getting better”.