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OER: Cutting College Costs By Nixing Textbooks

A full 65 percent of students have gone without buying a college textbook due to its high cost, according to a U.S. PIRG Education Fund study released in 2014. But what if no teachers required students to buy any books for their classes, and students could access all the materials they needed online for free? That’s the idea behind Open Educational Resources (OER). Companies like Lumen Learning in Portland, OR, are helping schools to replace expensive textbooks with OER. To date, Lumen is working with…

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Does a Nanodegree Really Guarantee a Job?

Online learning is still in its infancy. MOOCs are sprouting every day at top colleges and universities, yet some would say the whole business has had a rocky start so far. The primary sticking point has been low completion rates: people sign up but they don't finish. The creators of the so-called nanodegree aim to change all that. What is a Nanodegree? These are short, practical series of courses with extremely specific goals: namely, training students to immediately enter the job market, usually by teaching them computer…

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Open Educational Resources (OER) vs. Expensive Textbooks

The formula was simple: a teacher teaches, a student learns, textbooks are the bridge that connect the two. If you needed specialized information on a specific subject, more in depth than could be provided by an encyclopedia, a textbook was likely the only place you could find it. Then came the internet. With very nearly all of humanity’s accumulated knowledge available at the push of a button, the question becomes – why do we need textbooks? This question becomes especially provocative when faced with the…

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The Future of Higher Education: A New Workshop

My College Planning Team will soon be rolling out a new workshop entitled: “The Future of Higher Education and How You Can Benefit From It.” We are exited about what’s been happening in higher education during the last few years and and want to share these new developments with parents who continue to be frustrated by the ever rising cost of educating their children. Our new workshop reviews a growing number of alternatives to get a college undergraduate or graduate degree at less than half the…

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Technology Democratizes Higher Education

Over the course of the last decade, parents, students, and educators have turned a critical eye to the state of the higher education system. Americans have expressed concerns with the astronomical rise in college tuition, low completion rates, unemployed graduates who are  ill prepared for the workforce, and the trillions of dollars in debt students have accumulated. Observers have rightfully concluded that higher education in America has long been on an unsustainable path. Although elite American institutions consistently rank highly among world universities, these schools…

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5 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

Somebody recently told me that they thought talking to high school juniors this early about their college search was just a scare tactic.  Halloween’s over! The “scare” will be if you put off beginning your college search much past this Thanksgiving.  Why the rush?  Here are just 5 good reasons: 1. Junior Year Grades Are Most Important Let’s face it!  Spring semester of your junior year in high school is your last chance to make an impact on your GPA for…

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