Why an online degree?

Why an online degree?

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This is a question that if asked from someone ten years ago would balk at the idea of replacing the traditional education process to that of an innovative, study0from home approach.
Nowadays, with the advent of technology and the internet, the prospect of having an online degree is becoming one of the fastest growing segment of the global educational system- one that is cost-efficient and widely-encompassing.

Practically, online education is particularly well-suited to people seeking career education but whose circumstances either prevent them from doing so in a traditional classroom setting or those seeking for a variety of degree programs catered to their specific needs.

Often those interested in further career training wouldn’t be able to manage a traditional school schedule, thus, the option to take an online degree right at the comfort of their own homes, or the convenience of pursuing a degree by adjusting to their individual schedules.

The beauty of online career education is that it allows professionals with full time jobs, full-time parents and aspiring students who cannot afford to move to a different territory to attend college classes, provide them with the opportunity to earn a degree without having to take a step out of their front home porches.

Most online degree programs offer a variety of classes, assignments, and involvement, which is one consideration an aspiring candidate must weigh to find the program that best fit your needs.

On the other hand, an online career education can be a great way to advance an individual’s field of endeavor.

Many people seek training within a field in which they already work, focused primarily on getting a step promotion or aspire for a higher position within the company they’re working for and would need a higher level of education for the post.

By pursuing their career training online, they do not need to leave their current position in order to pursue further certification, and can pursue their studies during time off work.

Working students who are currently endeavoring within a field while they are pursuing often feel that their ability to immediately apply lessons they have learned in their online degree programs and work better at more advanced processes that make them get more out of their education.

Truth be told, there are a myriad reasons why someone would need to choose an online degree rather than traditional and conventional ways of higher education.

Nowadays, in the face of a competitive and demanding market, most online degree programs are now seen as high quality educational programs.

Here are some common motivations for people to choose online degrees :

Online degrees make it possible to study for people who live far away, especially for people living in isolated communities or far from the nearest college or university.
Online degrees also allow very busy people, full-time parents and company executives to choose the timing and schedule of their studies, not having to spend all the time confined to classrooms.

Online degrees also offer accessibility and convenience for people who did not have the luxury of time to achieve a formal degree when they were younger, and whether they are at home, the office, and at the desired pace without compromising work or family schedules, they now have the opportunity to complete their education.

Online degrees are also very helpful to people with special circumstances, like immigrants whose original diplomas are not valid in their new country, former convicts and socially-excluded individuals, among others, who are now afforded the access to high quality distance education and ensure them a brighter future.

Online degrees can be mobile, no matter where you are. Whether you are in the jungles of Africa, taking a vacation on a firs-class resort or taking a road trip, the versatility of online degree programs provide that sense of freedom and not getting tied down to your educational responsibilities like conventional classroom learning.

So ask yourself again, why an online degree? Why not?

Sacramento Schools And The Trillion Dollar Question

Sacramento Schools And The Trillion Dollar Question

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Sacramento Schools are the epitome of the problems and concerns held by all public schools in the state of California. Recent and ongoing debates about funding arts education, construction costs, and new initiatives play out in Sacramento Schools daily. The most recent fuel to the fire was added when a study titled Getting Down to the Facts was released: it’s an evaluation of the adequacy and efficiency of the current funding of California’s public schools. The study was conducted by a California non-profit educational think tank, Pacific Research Institute (PRI).

Given the state’s poor reputation in regards to education, most educators in Sacramento Schools weren’t surprised by the study’s conclusion that the state’s current educational funding system is dysfunctional. However, sensational reports claiming that even an investment of $1 trillion couldn’t fix the problems of California and Sacramento Schools ruffled the feathers of administrators trying to get money for their initiatives.

Dr. Vicki Murray, senior fellow in Education Studies at PRI, explained that the report did not say that the problems could not be fixed with large amounts of money, rather, “It found what research and common-sense have told us for a long time: spending more money on more of the same won’t reverse California’s race to the bottom. California’s infrastructure is so poor; it’s nearly impossible to know where education funding goes or what programs are effective. We shouldn’t spend more if we don’t know what’s working…reform must be our first priority.”

What will this mean for Sacramento Schools? It depends what politicians do with this information. Two of the big issues have been in arts education and construction costs. Currently local districts like Sacramento Schools fund 50% of monies for new building and school renovations. The state covers the rest. Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed upping the local commitment to 60%. Opponents claim this places an even greater burden on at-risk and low-income Sacramento Schools.

In the arts arena, however, the Governor made a splash with administrators in Sacramento Schools by granting the largest ever state allotment of funds for the arts in the summer of 2006. $500 million was committed to equipment for arts, music and physical education programs, while $105 was earmarked for hiring and training qualified arts teachers. Sacramento Schools rejoiced at this news because of the strong correlation between arts education and high academic achievement, especially in low-income children.

So even though educators and administrators in Sacramento Schools may agree that the educational system is dysfunctional, the lack of vision regarding the solution makes them nervous. Depending on the reforms proposed it’s likely that arts education could again lose funding (a common trend in Sacramento Schools). The report may also makes it difficult for Sacramento Schools to get the funding they want to support existing programs. And with both California and Sacramento Schools at the bottom of the educational barrel in national scores, that has everyone concerned.

Calvert Home School Style

Calvert Home School Style

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The Calvert Educational Program was a primary middle school in the early 1900’s that was overseen by a Harvard taught educational facilities adviser named Virgil Hillyer. Even though there were multitudes of schools being run in those days, the Calvert Educational Program is one of the only schools that are seen and discussed when the topic of Homeschooling arises. What did Calvert do differently and how did a weekday school settle into part of thousands of homeschooling dads’ discussions to this day?

Primarily, is was this Harvard academician who had the strategy to sell the classroom’s educational program to parents who were unable to send their youngsters to Calvert. This was much acclaimed by the parents because they were then able to give their youngsters the same educative favor at home sweet home as those parents who had the capability to send their little kids directly to the Calvert day school.

As you can picture, this practice did not just stay in the area that the Calvert school serviced. Hillyer decided to examine his market by placing ads in National Geographic for his general education curriculum for only 5 dollars. Since the response was overwhelming, Calvert eventually started to market their full line of study accessible to moms opting for one explanation or another to homeschool their kids. Within 5 years of starting to market this distance-learning curriculum, more than 300 young people were entered in the Calvert method of education in their own homes.

When the 1930’s came around, you not only could track down Calvert core curriculum in the United States, but it was also in more than 50 countries! The US Government even began using the Calvert general studies to instruct soldiers’ dependents who were stationed throughout the pulsating universe. Calvert educational materials in the home are still going strong and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.

Learn Quality Education From A Distance

Learn Quality Education From A Distance

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Distance education or distance learning is a teaching method by which a student does not have to go to a school or any specific educational location to learn or gain knowledge, teacher and student is exchanging knowledge thru the use of electronic media or any type of technology that allows communication at the actual time.
Tutorial sessions do not require presence; however, it is required during examinations.

Distance education is the conveyance of knowledge from a far. The process is done by providing educational materials or sources to people who needs education. Teacher and students are not physically present but are interchanging thoughts thru the different modes of communication. The used mode are thru voice, video and printed data.

Students enrolled in distance education normally receive mail. In this mail, they may receive videos, audiotapes, and CD-ROMs and other written materials. These are used for exercises.

In many countries, televisions and radio programming are used as a mode of education. The most used mode of educations is the internet. Education materials are forwarded thru electronic mail, different websites, video conferencing and other broadband network connections.

They use educational animations for more convenient learning. They use high quality of educational materials not to compromise the quality of education they are giving.

Students may study fulltime or part-time. Most of the students go part-time. Most of the student chooses this because they are busy with other activities of life. It is also possible to do a research study.

This type of education is being offered at any level. Usually, it is given to university level studies. Low resistance program is somewhat related to this type of education. The only difference is that it requires a little amount of presence in a semester.

The program in distance education is called correspondence courses. Vocational education is the old term for it. Vocational programs are conducted thru mail. The term was soon replaced by the term distance education because of the high technology present today. The children living in the remote areas are the ones enrolled to this type of education.

University of South Africa is one of the oldest universities who have been offering distance education. They started offering distance education in 1946. In 1969, Open University in United Kingdom opened. This is the largest distance education university in history. In 1974, in Hagen, Germany, FernUniversität was founded. Then, many distance education schools were built.

If you are a student, what are the things you need to do in order to be successful as an online student? The following are the things you need to learn:

• You must learn how to manage your time. Students who succeeded in distance education are very productive on time and are very responsible about their own learning.

• You also need to balance some of your personal obligations. Even if you take a part-time distance education, you still need to priorities your time to many things.

• Find the best environment for your study. Find a place for study that is disruption free. Learning is easy with noise.

• Feel free to ask questions – You can always direct inquiries to your teachers.

• Put effort in the studying. Remember that patient is a virtue. Always have time to study your lesson. Extra effort should be given for a successful distance studying.

Distance education is the easiest, more convenient way to gain knowledge. There are many universities and colleges available online. Go and have check.

The Inside-Out Of College Loans

The Inside-Out Of College Loans

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I have heard it said that education is the best investment. Whoever said that could probably afford their college fees. Don’t get me wrong. Certainly I am all for higher education. At the same time, I am not a votary of being under unnecessary debt. This is where the contradiction arises.

What complicates this conundrum is the fact that if you go to college, you are more likely to be able to pay your debts. So you have to get an educational loan (and a college education) to be able to repay loans in the future. I guess you can see why I call it a conundrum!

First of all, realize that you can get a college loan. Sounds obvious, right? Not really! I have heard of many candidates who hesitate applying for a college loan as they have a poor credit history. Surely, poor credit history will make it tougher to get an educational loan. But, it is far from impossible. In fact, I think that going ahead and getting a good education is one of the great methods of trying to come out of a financial jam.

Having said that, I do not want to sound like I am very forgiving of a loan-tangle. Barring exceptions, most people get into a debt trap due to irresponsibility. So, do the adult thing today and acknowledge fault. Then promise yourself that you will do the right thing after college and repay all your existing loans – including your student loan.

When looking for a students loan, make sure to explore the usual options first: The Subsidized / Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal+ loan for parents, the Direct PLUS loan, the Federal consolidation loan, the Private student loans, and the like.

What you need to keep in mind is: Is the specific loan you are applying to available for undergraduate studies or graduate studies (or both)? Is the loan need based or merit based? What documents will you need to demonstrate financial need? Are there any specific loan options available to you if you are applying to specific programs, e.g., Federal Nursing Loan and the Health Professions Student Loans?

Keeping all this in mind will be a good first step towards getting a students loan. Remember your education should be a stepping stone to a better life, not a means to get stuck into a deeper financial hole.

Michigan Schools Tweak Curriculum

Michigan Schools Tweak Curriculum

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Michigan Schools have decided that changes need to be made in the statewide Special Education curriculum. Recent updates to federal laws require the Michigan Schools to comply with new rules and requirements. Students with disabilities are depending on the schools that they attend to attain the required standards. Without changes, the programs will be forced to shut down. At the news of change, many are concerned that current services will be compromised. However, Michigan Schools have assured children and parents that special education programs, such as the Extended School Year Program, will remain intact. Public hearings on the matter will be held in upcoming weeks.

The updates in special education curriculum are one in a series of changes that Michigan Schools are experiencing. The state content expectations in both social studies and science classes have been recently revised. The new requirements will be enacted in 2007-2008 and are popular with parents. Expectations in social studies now include the study of eastern countries, current issues, and an increased level of social awareness. The standards were set by a collaboration of educational committees.

The new standards follow in a trend of the Michigan Schools. Student preparedness for the real world has become a focal point for Michigan Schools. Concern that graduating students are not adequately prepared for the work environment prompted the change. Studies show that only 32 percent of the freshman in the United States will graduate fully prepared for college. In an effort to improve this situation, Michigan Schools created enhanced statewide graduation requirements in 2006. The governor was directly responsible for enacting the requirements, known officially as the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Michigan Schools have the rare benefit of being governed by a legislative branch, executive branch, and board of education that are in rare agreement on this subject. The objectives achieved by these groups help Michigan Schools stay focused. Notably, Michigan Schools have the most ample requirements of any state in the country.

The Michigan Merit Curriculum operates under the belief that the skills needed to succeed in the workplace are not any different than those needed to succeed in college. Therefore, by preparing students for the college experience, they have achieved two things: a preparation for real life work situations, and the confidence and ability to succeed in college. Student preparation measures include improving the quality of high school courses. The issue of quality has even trumped concerns over test scores in Michigan Schools. Because students have been proven to find success when they are challenged, Michigan Schools have decided to set new educational standards. There is not dramatic a overhaul set in place, but the Michigan Merit Curriculum in Michigan Schools is a working initiative.

Make Your Career Using Student Loans With No Cosigner!

 Make Your Career Using Student Loans With No Cosigner!

Make Your Career Using Student Loans With No Cosigner!
Being a student is the one of the most challenging time period for every human. At that time he/she needs to be laborious & dedicated towards his studies. It is because education itself has changed and become advance than it was earlier. New and better Courses are emerging day by day that has a vast scope of employment. Therefore the students are also moving towards those jobs oriented courses. But going for those courses is not an easy task for those who have not sufficient money.
Many of the intelligent students leave their studies in the middle due to the lack of money or unavailability of income of sources. Generally the parents of the students are not that much capable to bear the family expenses and your educational expenses at all. If a student tries to earn some money for their education then it can be but not the sufficient to bear the total educational cost at a time. So students need to go for the student loans.
It is not a big deal to get a student loan for your studies for those who are able to fulfill the requirements of the loan company but it’s really challenging for those who are not able to fulfill it. Like for student loans a person is required to be your cosigner. Generally the student loans are cosigner based and require a cosigner. Cosigner is a person who is liable for the repayment of the loan if the student is not able to pay the loan amount at the declared time. One more thing is the credit history of the cosigner. It must be good for the acceptance to be your cosigner. The cosigner should also be in favor to be your cosigner for hassle free loan approval.
Some students are fortunate to find a cosigner but thousands of intelligent students are also who don’t have a cosigner for them. They get depressed due to this thing that they can not afford the higher education. But now good news for all those deprived students because now student loans with no cosigner are available to help in your studies.
Student Loans with No Cosigner is a non-cosigner based student loan programs in which you get the loan amount to complete your studies. Generally the College students apply for their undergraduate or post-graduate courses takes these kinds of loans. For them it is also known as College loan with no cosigner. In U.S, there are large numbers of loan providers who are now providing the Federal student loans as well as Private Student loans. Other than these, the reputed universities also provide the scholarships, Pell grants for those students who are excellent in their studies and/or in other activities like sports etc. Some popular federal student loans with no cosigner are:
Federal Perkins Student Loans – Federal Perkins student loans are need based loans. It is provided by the U.S. Department of Education to help the U.S. students to go for their post-secondary education. In this you have to pay 5% as an interest for the duration of 10 years. 9 month grace period is also provided so you can repay on the 10th month of graduating. It is a subsidized loan by government. For Undergraduates the loan amount can be $4,000 per year to a lifetime maximum loan of $20,000 and for graduates, $6,000 to a lifetime maximum loan of $40,000.
Direct Stafford student loans – It is also a government based Stafford (subsidized & unsubsidized) and PLUS loans that is directly available for the students for the selected schools across the U.S. In this no any bank or other guarantee agencies involves and the U.S. Department of education is the lender. 4 kind of repayment plans are available for this program are:
Standard Repayment Plans
Income Contingent Repayment
Extended repayment Plan
Graduated Repayment Plan
Once the Direct Stafford Student loans are provided, it will be managed through the Direct Loan Servicing Center of U.S department of Education.
If you are one of those deprived ones then please go for the Student loans with no cosigner to complete your studies and make a bright career.

Education in Australia

Education in Australia

Australia is a vibrant and fascinating country, which provides international students many brilliant opportunities to grow and learn.
If you are planning on continuing your studies abroad, Australia offers first-class education programs at par with any top universities anywhere else in the world.

Deciding to further your education in Australia would be a practical option since the country has an outstanding reputation for its educational system that offers globally recognized courses. You would surely be inspired to study amid the breathtaking landscapes and sceneries, and enjoy a mild weather all year round. The cheaper cost of living and education is Australia in comparison to other countries draw many students across the continents.

Australia also has a wide range of accommodation options that you can look into, depending on your personality and budget. You can choose to live in university dormitories or apartments or even share houses with others students.

The system of education is primarily regulated by the country’s separate state governments, and not by it’s fededal government body. The Australian Government and the providers of training and education in Australia are united in promoting the highest quality of education they can offer. A broad spectrum of college courses is available with highly flexible study programs to accommodate the diverse needs and preferences of students from other countries.

Most of the academic staff and proffessors in various Australian Univerities are recruited from top educational institutions from around the globe. Universities are encouraging student exchange programs to further develop the student’s potential to the fullest. Computer education in Australia are also widely recognized and highly regarded in state of the art computer facilities.

Admission to any Autralian university is mainly based according to the institution’s assessment on the qualifications and credentials of the student applicant. This is also the same assessment method used by other foreign univeristies. It is however advisable to apply on several universities at the same since admission of students is quite strict and competitive. The educational institutions in Australia usually operate on a semester basis. There are semestral breaks in both semesters but the dates vary slightly from every university.

In contemplating for an ideal overseas study destination, there are a lot of variables to consider. Australia readily welcomes students from different countries who want to avail a world-class training and education system. If you plan to pursue your education in Australia, expect only the very best training money can afford, that offers the ultimate learning experience for students.

Get A Degree With Online Education

Get A Degree With Online Education

Sue Anne is a single divorced mother of 2 children. She works hard every workday as a customer service representative in a large office pool, to make sure her children have a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and food in their belly. She doesn’t have a retirement plan, nor can she hardly afford a college loan plan for her 16 year old daughter, who will be going to college soon.

This a very common scenario in the United States. With today’s global market and economy, the average person in the United States can not afford to stop working full time, and still further their education to stay competitive in the market. A person’s educational qualities are assets that they need to be able to sell to an employer to help them succeed in life.

With this issue in mind, the employee can still obtain a degree to help further their career by getting an education through an accredited college online. There are many schools and universities that are offering college level courses via the internet today. Some schools also offer full degrees via an online study course.

Earn your degree in several different fields of study. Some of the fields of study do require that you make a physical presence in a classroom, but most often, this situation is handled as such so that the requirement is only mandated once or twice per study cycle.

Making a plan and following it through when you are still working a full time job will help you succeed. The online schools often have career counselors that can help you to make the best plan possible to help you earn your degree online. There are also online live chat counselors that can help you plan your future.

Making the most of your career for you and your family is an important issue to anyone. Not everyone can do the best from the beginning. Perhaps you had the opportunity to goto college in your younger years and have earned a degree. How valid is that degree in todays market? If it’s a degree from 20 years ago, then a lot of things have changed since then. Getting an online education to freshen up your resume can help you get the promotion that you are looking for.

Some of the more popular online educational schools and universities are University of Phoenix (Online or Campus), AIU Online, Kaplan University Online, ITT Technical Institute, Saint Leo University Online, Ashford University Online, Strayer University, CTU Online, Devry University Online, and Florida Tech University.

There are degrees of all kinds available from many online educational schools. There are many different fields of study, including, Business, Nursing, Health Care, Education, Criminal Justice, Technology, Human Services, Design, Engineering, Paralegal and Law, and General Studies.

No matter your choice for your career, there are many options available to you to help you further yourself for you and your family. Being a student of online studies is no longer a oddity. It is the norm. You can not afford to be out of the loop, as today’s world changes rapidly. Start your online education today!

Graduate Degree Options

Graduate Degree Options

Many people find that in the courses of their careers they wish they had the ability to go back to school for even further education. Unfortunately, not everyone has the good fortune to live in the vicinity of a university that offers graduate level studies in the career they have chosen. Chances are that a good percentage of the population does not and if they do chances are even better that they have very busy personal and professional lives that make intensive graduate studies difficult to pursue at best.

If you are one of the many people that feel you have made your choice and are stuck with your undergraduate degree or that a post graduate degree is simply out of your reach, I hope you will read this article with great interest and learn that there options available to you no matter how far away from a university you live or how little time you have to devote to your graduate studies.

A graduate education is a very intensive course of study that is very narrow and specific. In other words, many students find that their graduate coursework is their favorite by far as it gets into the meat of the subject matter of their interest rather than merely hitting the highlights. Only a small percentage of the population at this point in time has a graduate education. Though this does not necessarily guarantee you any employability it can provide you with very specialized knowledge or skills that will help you perform your job better and qualify you for more interesting and specialized positions in your field of study.

If you would like to pursue a graduate education but feel you are too far from the nearest university that offers a comprehensive graduate education in your field, you might be surprised to find that the nearest graduate level curriculum is as far away as your living room or your favorite Internet café. Online courses give new hope to potential graduate students. Many of them will actually allow you to work around your work schedule and at your own pace while trying to achieve your dreams of higher education and life long learning.

Online courses are becoming more widely accepted across the nation and around the world. We live in the information age and it only makes sense that we are taking control of our educations by using services and demanding services like online courses in order to further our educational goals. At the moment there are only limited offerings for graduate studies, most of them centering on educational fields with only a few graduate degrees offered in other fields such as the medical industry. As demand grows so will the availability of graduate courses and degrees that are being offered online.

If you happen to be fortunate enough to live relatively close to a university that offers graduate studies in your field you might want to check with the university and see if they offer weekend graduate classes. This is a new trend that seems to be growing in popularity as a valid option for those who hope to return to college but can’t afford to give up precious work or family time during the week. These courses are much more intense than your average once or twice a week night course but they allow you to pursue your graduate degree in a much quicker manner than traditional programs have allowed and are much more employer and family friendly. Of course you also have the option of taking one or two classes at a time at night in order to achieve your graduate degree as well. Masters degree students only need to take 9 hours a semester in order to be considered full time students and qualify for financial aid.

All in all, you do not need to sacrifice your goals of graduate studies in order to maintain your career or achieve some sort of balance between work, education, and family. Whether you choose online courses, night courses, or weekend courses for your studies you have many opportunities to achieve the degree you desire without sacrificing heavily in order to do so.