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Net Price Calculator Update: Are they working?

Earlier this year I wrote about the planned requirement for colleges to provide Net Price Calculators (NPC) on their websites in a move toward transparency and increased availability of information to prospective students. The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) goals for the NPC requirement include providing prospective students with “an idea of what college costs would […]

Should You Go to Graduate School?

Deciding to enter a graduate program is a personal commitment in many ways, and an investment of not only money, but also time and effort. There has been a lot of speculation about the value of higher education in general over the last several years and the larger discussion includes graduate programs as well as […]

10 Traits of a Successful Online Learner

What are your expectations for online learning and how do you know if it is right for you? Answering these questions involves doing your research about the options available and making some decisions about your plans for the future. In addition to assessing your skills and readiness you need to consider the financial obligation, draft […]

In the News: Gainful Employment

Discussions surrounding gainful employment have been ongoing for almost a year. This issue is directly related to online education and recent updates have gotten a lot of media coverage. My plan with this post is to offer you a summary of events, increase your awareness of all sides of the debate, and help you track […]

Online Programs in the News: Lessons Learned for Prospective Students

Online education has received a great deal of news coverage over the past year, especially as offered by for-profit programs. This business model of delivering educational opportunities to students is very different from traditional education and so faces a different set of challenges. As the industry evolves, there will be new challenges on the horizon, […]

The Art of Online Course Selection

As an online student one of the first things you will need to do is plan your course schedule. Do you know which courses you should take? There are several steps in the decision-making process and your Academic Advisor will be able to provide the support you need to move forward. Let’s take a closer […]