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How to Graduate College on Time: 8 Tips

We think of college as being a four-year commitment. But the reality is, most students take years longer than that to earn a bachelor’s degree. At four-year institutions, only 41% of students graduate with their bachelor’s degree in four years, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. At the same institutions, 60% of students complete the same degrees in six years, the data shows.  Between overwhelming degree options, enrollment in the wrong courses, completing too few credits…

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Credit For Prior Learning

Getting College Credit for Prior Learning

Having college credits before you even finish your first semester on campus is a great way to save money. Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is helping students do just that with its Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program. Since the program’s launch in January 2016, about 100 students have earned a combined total of more than 350 credits through CPL. Administrators expect the program to expand in the coming semesters. We asked Alverno’s Rosland Briggs-Gammon, assessment coordinator and coach,  Assessment…

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If You Don't Ask, The Answer Is Always No

If You Don’t Ask the Question, The Answer Is Always No

I just explained this quote to my 9-year-old son.  He was puzzled.  What does that quote mean and why should he care? I think it’s an important life lesson; don’t you? It's Always Best to Ask We all have moments where we wish we had asked a question.  For instance, I learned the hard way that I would never get a discount for auto services if I didn’t ask.  I now ask EVERY single time if there is anything that…

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Sleep As A Study Habit

Why Sleep is a Good Study Habit

By Guest Blogger Sarah Jones Oops, did you hit another stone while sleepwalking? Do you realize how much your poor sleeping habits are affecting you at school? You might argue that you have lots of assignments and revision to do before retiring to bed but we all know that these are just excuses. If your plan your time well, then you won’t have to be the “last minute” type of student. Below are some of the reasons why you should…

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Online Learning: Tips for Success in Digital Classrooms

You’re probably used to having some aspect of your class held in the digital realm, but taking an entirely digital class is a horse of a different color. There are so many benefits to online learning, but it’s important that you are prepared to make the most of your time. Manage Expectations of Online Learning Ask any student who has taken a college-level online course and they’ll tell you that it’s easily as challenging (sometimes more so) than a physical…

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Government Proposals for Higher Education

For better or for worse, higher education is a deeply political issue. The rules and regulations can vary substantially depending on who’s in office. One side wants to increase federal aid, while the other wants to do away with it altogether and leave it to private institutions.  It can be difficult to keep up to date with it all, but it’s important to make sure that you do so. The government may not be as forthcoming with information that could…

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Three-year Degree Path Means Big Savings for Students

Graduating in less than four years can dramatically cut college costs. But traditional routes, such as loading up on AP classes in high school, are no guarantee that students will be able to earn their college degrees sooner. That’s why a handful of colleges are now offering students a three-year degree path—at a savings that can amount to tens of thousands of dollars. One such school is Grace College & Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. The small Christian college introduced…

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Three Easy Ways to Explore College Majors

My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, presents three easy and practical ways for your student to explore college majors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEN-a18VxFo Need Help Exploring College Majors? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student in his or her exploration of college majors, as well as with all other aspects of the college search, application and selection process. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. My College Planning Team…

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Affective Computing: EdTech Takes Another Leap Forward

If you're wondering about the future of artificial intelligence, you might start with the present. What's currently going on in higher education with AI is truly mind-blowing, and it's moving forward at a pace most would find hard to believe. While most of the higher ed world has been focusing on distance learning, MOOCs, and online degrees, a select few are already planning the next level of EdTech, and it looks an awful lot like a sci-fi movie. Australia's Impending Leap Forward The University system in Australia…

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Grand Valley’s Technology Showcase Aims to Improve Learning by Putting the Latest Gadgets into the Hands of Faculty, Students

The Grand Valley State University Technology Showcase in Allendale, Mich., is offering opportunities for students and teachers to learn in new ways. Prominently situated within the school’s library, the 3-year- old Technology Showcase is less of a place to gawk at the latest gadgets and more of a hands-on lab where students and faculty can discover how to integrate technology and education—or even check out products for free for use on school projects or lesson plans. We talked to Grand Valley’s Eric Kunnen, associate director…

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