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Archive for the ‘Money Matters’

January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011 By: Paul Category: Cool Online Learning, Free or low cost, Money Matters, Online Education, State Colleges and Universities, Tuition Comments Off on January 25, 2011

Attention Texas Math and Science Teachers! Texas Tech University offers free graduate degrees for qualified candidates.  Except for two summer sessions, classes are conducted online.  Money quote:

…The program began in December 2008, funded from a $3 million grant. It’s now in its third term and needs up to 100 teachers. A grant covers tuition and fees, a laptop and housing for each participant…

Wonderful opportunity, to say the least.

A survey for interested readers from the Boise State University student newspaper: Arbiter Asks: Have you ever cheated online?

Hackathons and free, open-source distance learning through P2PU/Mozilla School of Webcraft should produce a few unique outcomes.  Sounds groovy.  Also looks like a good opportunity to learn cool web development skills.  One course is en Español.

An opinion piece in a Tallahassee (FL) newspaper reasons “tuition must rise” at Florida State University.  When and where will these tuition hikes end?  Meanwhile, the topic of market-rate tuition materializes not only at FSU, but also Florida A&M University.

January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011 By: Paul Category: Community and Technical Colleges, Money Matters, Online Education, Private Colleges and Universities, State Colleges and Universities, Unique Online Degree or Certificate Comments Off on January 24, 2011

University of Southern Mississippi announces a three month, non-credit, online version of their highly popular sports security management program.  More here.

The Chronicle explains “Why Some Elite Colleges Give Away Courses Online“.

An intriguing statistic via the Syracuse University student newspaper, The Daily Orange: “Starting salaries for community college students higher than those of private university students“.

Community college graduates have a higher average starting salary than those from state or private universities, according to a new study.

Graduates with an associate degree from one of Florida’s 28 community colleges earned an average of $47,708, while those who graduated from one of Florida’s 11 public universities earned about $36,552, according to an article published in The Miami Herald Jan. 1. Each year the Florida secondary school system tracks college graduates from the previous school year and records this information…

January 20, 2011

January 20, 2011 By: Paul Category: Money Matters, State Colleges and Universities, Tuition Comments Off on January 20, 2011

A University of Colorado student protests high out-of-state tuition costs.

Viewer comments on the YouTube page are fairly interesting, as well.

January 12, 2011

January 12, 2011 By: Paul Category: Community and Technical Colleges, For-profit Watch, Money Matters, Private Colleges and Universities Comments Off on January 12, 2011

Is it possible to fail more than 20 classes and still receive Pell Grants some 15 years later?  Apparently so.

Western Governors University may partner with Washington State and expand further.

Are for-profit colleges beginning to struggle?  Competition is always good, so long as it acts responsibly.

January 4, 2011

January 04, 2011 By: Paul Category: Education, Money Matters, Online Education Comments Off on January 4, 2011

In-your-face, sub-headline of the day (via Mashables): “Online Education ‘Doesn’t Have to Suck’“.  Are course designers listening?

CNBC has a special series on colleges that create the most debt.  Some usual suspects appear, but others may surprise you.

December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010 By: Paul Category: Money Matters, Online Education, Outside the USA, Technology Comments Off on December 16, 2010

True globalization: Using Skype to teach American college students German language classes — from Finland.

Student money: Online degree the way of the future.”

According to this report, USA internet connectivity ranks 25th in the world.

Dr. Charles M. Lyons: “At all costs, avoid defaulting on your college student loan“.  Great advice.  

September 20, 2010

September 20, 2010 By: Paul Category: Money Matters, Online Education, Private Colleges and Universities, Success Stories Comments Off on September 20, 2010

US News and World Report publishes two interesting pieces.

Loan Default Rates at Prominent Online Universities

Online Education in the Ivy League


Indiana Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Skillman recently completed her associate degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Good for her.

September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010 By: Paul Category: For-profit Watch, Money Matters, Online Education, State Colleges and Universities Comments Off on September 17, 2010


GetEducated.com announces another $1,000 scholarship.  Deadline for application is Oct 15.  


Are more online classes coming to the University of Kentucky?

…[UK President Lee] Todd credited innovations such as 30 new online courses offered this summer by the College of Arts and Sciences, which he described as “a big hit” with 1,400 students enrolled, as helping improve UK’s reach and its financial standing. He said Dean Mark Kornbluh plans to offer 75 online courses next summer, with an enrollment goal of 3,000….

Online course tuition at UK is the same for all students, instate and out-of-state.


An eight-week, online Starcraft class comes to the University of Florida.


I’m Afraid To Date Because I’m $190,000 In Debt [from student loans]”.


Westwood College was ordered to stop enrolling students by state regulators in Wisconsin.

Have a great weekend!

September 6, 2010

September 06, 2010 By: Paul Category: Community and Technical Colleges, Education, For-profit Watch, Money Matters, Online Education Comments Off on September 6, 2010

Kiplinger’s via the Washington Post: “7 strategies to avoid the college debt trap“.

Clovis Community College (NM) celebrates a 20-year anniversary.

lemondrop.com: “Study Luxury, Bakery Science or … Death! 10 Crazy Advanced Degrees“. Must disagree with the Homeland Security choice. This field has rapidly gained a dedicated following in academic circles.

Since Internet connectivity and distance learning are closely related, we’ve begun covering various solutions for going online.  Here is an interesting new offering for $40 per month from Virgin Mobile.  Please read the comments as well.

More credit transfer woes.

…Lockman says he earned A’s and B’s at Westwood, but he wanted to take his education further by transferring to Georgia State University in late 2007, a public school that is regionally accredited, which is considered to be the “gold standard” of college education. But since Westwood is nationally accredited, Georgia State University refused to recognize Lockman’s credits…

Nearly an epidemic, in some cases.

Via eSchool News: The State of California/Kaplan deal has been cancelled.

July 7, 2010

July 07, 2010 By: Paul Category: Money Matters, Online Education, Private Colleges and Universities, State Colleges and Universities Comments Off on July 7, 2010

University of Nebraska heads for the Big 10.  And the university’s take on distance learning?

…”We’ve put our faculty on trains” to reach outlying areas, said David Wilson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. More recently, he said, the university has pioneered in online education…

Many programs are available over the web through the University of Nebraska.

Clarke College (IA) and University of Wisconsin-Platteville join up for an online certificate.

Tuition discounts from Marist College (NY).