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Website of the week – BW B-Schools

April 13, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – BW B-Schools

When the subject of business-related education comes up, BusinessWeek almost always stands out from the rest mainly for the magazine’s valuable content.  One phenomenal section in particular, the B-Schools page, is loaded with everything from admissions to rankings.

But another cool feature about BW lies with the ability to interact on its forums.  A really useful “chatboard” that could benefit potential business school students is the one dedicated to “Part-time MBA Programs”.

Knowledge is power.  Business majors definitely want to bookmark BusinessWeek.  

Website of the week – The FEMA ‘College List’

April 06, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – The FEMA ‘College List’

Since 9/11, emergency management has evolved academically into a popular major for degrees ranging from certificate to doctoral level. 

Now, get ready, as numerous acronyms follow.  The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently compiled quite a directory of emergency management-related, higher education programs.  Known as “The College List”, this directory also displays a section highlighting learning opportunities available over the web.

The larger EMI list, which includes on-campus programs, can be found here.  Needless to say, the EMI distance learning section looks well-researched, and offers numerous possibilities.  

Website of the week – AATYC

March 30, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – AATYC

Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges promotes the best interests of community/junior colleges in The Natural State.  The site portal happens to include a distance learning course search engine.

Rather than highlighting entire programs, AATYC primarily lists individual courses.  Online offerings from 19 out of 22 schools — a respectable percentage — are represented there.  For Arkansans, this seems like a nice resource.   

Website of the week – Massachusetts Colleges Online

March 23, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – Massachusetts Colleges Online

After a brief hiatus, the website of the week returns.  This week focuses on Massachusetts Colleges Online.

Let’s start by saying the Bay State is home to arguably the greatest concentration of elite colleges and universities in the United States.  This area hosts numerous outstanding distance education programs, many of which are available nationally.  Northeastern University and the UMass system immediately come to mind as among the more popular choices for distance learners.

But aside from the most excellent UMassOnline programs, community and smaller state colleges also find themselves well-represented in the Massachusetts online realm.  To this end, the MCO site includes 125 programs.  A sizable number are offered “100% online”.

MCO is a simple but informative site, and may potentially serve as a valuable resource for Mass residents.          

Website of the week – IDEAL-NM

February 16, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – IDEAL-NM

My post here is actually somewhat recycled.  Back in October of 2007, I blogged about the New Mexico Learning Network.  NMLN no longer exists, but has instead given way to Innovative Digital Education and Learning-NM.

IDEAL-NM, which bears similarity to the old site, includes a relatively copious online programs section.  Plus, many colleges and universities in New Mexico generally charge in-state tuition rates to distance learners taking coursework totaling 6 hours or less.

Website of the week – UNC Online

February 09, 2009 By: Paul Category: State Colleges and Universities, Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – UNC Online

Mention “University of North Carolina” to nearly anyone outside the Tar Heel State and their response will likely refer to the flagship campus at Chapel Hill.  But the UNC system is much larger, and online options are plenty.   

Enter the portal.  UNC hosts a site which consolidates its many distance learning opportunities called, University of North Carolina Online.

With 170 online degrees and certificates, the UNC system has quite a variety of offerings for undergraduates and graduates.  East Carolina University alone offers fifty-four programs through the web.

From a cost standpoint, non-NC residents generally pay out-of-state  tuition, although a few exceptions exist.  For example, UNC-Greensboro charges  special rates for those students residing outside NC.

Website of the week – MCCVLC

February 02, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – MCCVLC

Residents of The Great Lakes State have access to 2-year degree and certificate distance learning options: Michigan Community College Association Virtual Learning Collaborative.  Similar to offerings by consortia found in other states, the MCCVLC features programs that can be completed “entirely online”.

Website of the week – UW-Platteville Distance Education Blog

January 26, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – UW-Platteville Distance Education Blog

Aside from the school distance education website, University of Wisconsin-Platteville maintains a supplemental web presence: UW-Platteville Distance Education Blog.

To me, sites such as this one are quite useful in many respects.  Over the past couple years, UW-Platteville has established a respectable name for itself in the Project Management field.   Additional undergrad and graduate degree options available through distance learning include business administration, criminal justice, and education.  The blog also contains valuable information about UW-Platteville’s recent agreement with the Project Management Institutes’s Global Accreditation Center.

Website of the week – LBR Electronic Campus

January 19, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – LBR Electronic Campus

Yes, the Bayou State maintains its own portal of distance learning opportunities: Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Campus.  This site, another spin-off from the SREB Electronic Campus, currently lists certificate and degree programs from  three institutions.

Although Louisiana Tech University, LSU, and Southeastern Louisiana also advertise distance degrees, none have thus far found a way here.  The good news for students — resident and non-resident — is that LA generally offers some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation.        

Website of the week – Virtual College of Texas

January 12, 2009 By: Paul Category: Website of the Week Comments Off on Website of the week – Virtual College of Texas

After a brief hiatus — vacation was certainly lovely — the website of the week returns again.  This week’s subject is the Virtual College of Texas.  VCT includes  online courses from various 2-year colleges around the Lone Star state. 

Although no degree programs are offered directly through VCT, students can locate ample online opportunities to complete an associates degree or certificate program.  Unfortuately, not all online community/junior courses in Texas are listed in the site database.  Central Texas College, Dallas County CC, and the Houston  Community College system are conspicuously absent from this portal.  But the good news is that offerings from a great number of schools appear in the search results.  Texas is home to some 60 community colleges.  I estimate roughly half of these schools advertise courses on VCT.  Texans should find this site especially useful.