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Younger Students Drawn to Online Higher Education

US News and World Report

 

Josh Perez struggled to understand the letter he received accepting him into the University of Florida's online Pathway to Campus Enrollment initiative, or PaCE.

 

For one thing, he had applied to be a residential undergraduate at Florida, and he had never heard of the online program. For another, the letter read like a rejection.

 

Eventually, though, he realized Florida hadn't admitted him to the residential freshman class. But the school liked his application enough to offer him a spot in a new alternative program, which promised a pathway to becoming a residential student as a junior after earning 60 online credits.

College in America is ruinously expensive. Some digital cures are emerging

The Economist

 

William Bowmen, a former president of Princeton, calls it “Harvard envy”. Other American universities try to emulate the Ivy League, which raises costs. They erect sumptuous buildings, lure star professors with fat salaries and hire armies of administrators. In 1976 there were only half as many college bureaucrats as academic staff; now the ratio is almost one to one. No wonder average annual fees at private universities have soared to $31,000 in 2014, a rise of around 200% since the early 1970s. Each new graduate in America is now about $40,000 in debt. People who take costly arts degrees may end up poorer than if they had never been to college.

Myths and truths about online learning

Observer Reporter

 

There are many myths about online training, and even more people who believe in them. Even so, it is a great pleasure to see that the number of students who prefer online education is growing. People aspire to get knowledge despite any myths and misleading ideas. This article contains most common myths about online training debunked and we hope it will help you to start and succeed in learning.

Why Women Dominate in Online Programs

US News and World Report

 

With two small children, a long commute to work and an upcoming cross-country move, Amanda Tutlewski knew that taking on-campus classes to complete a master's degree in nursing wasn't an option.

 

Instead, she looked for virtual programs, eventually choosing an online master's program at Simmons College. When the family moved from Indiana to Key West, Florida, for her husband's job several months later, the academic transition was seamless. Now, more than halfway through the program, Tutlewski says she'd pick an online program again in a heartbeat.

How Online Education Can Solve the Student-Debt Crisis

DCInno

 

High school seniors have a lot to think about in the weeks ahead. Chief among their decisions will be where to apply for college, and many will be enticed by President Obama’s call for making the first two years of community college “free” to qualifying students. There’s no doubt higher education leads to better jobs, higher salaries and more satisfied employees. And the idea of free community college is certainly popular. Obama’s fellow Democrats Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, all of whom are hoping to succeed him as president, have picked up and expanded his proposal. The question is, can our nation afford these ambitious proposals?

 

 

Back in November, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported total student-loan debt stood at $1.13 trillion, a $100 billion increase from a year earlier and nearly quintuple what it was in 2004. At about the same time, the Institute for College Access and Success estimated that 69 percent of 2014 college seniors graduated with outstanding student-loan debt — on average, $28,400.

America's Crushing surge of Student Debt has bred a disturbing new phenomenon

Business Insider

 

A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class.

 

Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission.

 

After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000.

 

The expense requires his family to rent an apartment in Campbell, California, because buying a home in a decent school district would cost too much. His daughter has excelled in high school, but Aguirre has urged her to attend community college to avoid the debt that ensnared him.

It's never been clearer that America's biggest for-profit college fleeced the US military and taxpayers

Business Insider

 

Defense announced that it would no longer allow service members to use their funds to attend the University of Phoenix, a for-profit college owned by the Apollo Education Group.

 

The University of Phoenix would also no longer be allowed to host recruitment events on military installations. 

 

The DoD found that the university was using deceptive marketing practices and even using military symbols without the proper approval in order to recruit students.

Mark Cuban has a brilliant strategy to get the best college degree for less money

Business Insider

 

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban thinks the higher-education system America has known for decades is headed for a big change. Student-loan debt sits at about $1.3 trillion, and some major universities are stumbling because of increased costs met by lower enrollment.

Here's when the first wave of student loan forgiveness is coming

Business Insider

 

Student loans have the highest delinquency and default rates of any consumer debt; evidence that many of the 43 million holders of this $1.3 trillion liability need some assistance to manage the repayment of these large balances while beginning their careers and starting families. Thankfully, there is at least $1 billion in student loans eligible to be forgiven each year starting in 2017.