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Eight Tips for Coping with the Holidays as an Online Student

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Nov 24, 2015 9:21:13 AM

You work. You have a family. AND you’re taking online courses for a degree and/or a better career. Your life is already as stuffed as a Thanksgiving turkey. Now that the holidays are coming, how can you juggle family expectations, classes, AND Thanksgiving-Chanukah-Christmas-New Year without losing your mind?

  1. Remember, everyone wants you to succeed, right? 
    Most of the time, people want family members to do well and be happy. You’re in college because you have an important goal in mind. Let family members know up front why earning a degree is SO important to you. This will make it harder for them to put the squeeze on you to ignore what you need. 

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Topics: Online Learning, Student Success, Time

Yes. You Can Take A Science Lab Online.

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Nov 16, 2015 11:19:15 AM

Some things once seemed impossible: Cordless phones, cooking without heat (hello, microwave!), “test-tube” babies. Add to that list really good science labs conducted online.

Wait! Don’t science labs need beakers, test tubes, dangerous chemicals, and the close supervision of a worried instructor to make sure you don’t blow yourselves up?

No. Mostly a science lab needs the kind of equipment (and questions) that will allow you to solve problems in the same way scientists do, in a valid and reliable experiment.

Fortunately, UNCG’s innovative BIO105: Major Concepts in Biology science lab online is set up to do just that. In addition, it’s just cool.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses

In-State Tuition for North Carolina Veterans and/or Dependents/Survivors

Posted by AJ Lee on Nov 10, 2015 9:58:36 AM

If you’re a Veteran or dependent/survivor looking to pursue your college education in North Carolina, we have news for you. Under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, if you meet certain conditions, you may qualify for North Carolina in-state tuition rates, without meeting the usual civilian residency requirements. This can mean a savings of thousands of dollars every semester.

Who Qualifies:

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Topics: Cost, Veterans

Yes, You DO Have to Take THAT Class

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Nov 2, 2015 12:15:38 PM

You're returning to college because you finally know what you want to do and you've got to finish your degree. Now they're telling you you have to take required courses that have NOTHING to do with what you want to learn.

The last thing you want to do is slog through (1) Biology, (2) Western Civ, (3) Spanish, or (4) College Writing — any course that makes you want to pull out your hair and spit nails. Unfortunately, it's a requirement you can't wiggle out of. So. . . how to cope?

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Topics: Online Courses

What To Expect Your First Day of Online Class   

Posted by Kelly Paul on Sep 23, 2015 10:56:38 AM

Yes, you did it! You decided to attend college online and now you’re an online college student. Your first day of class is approaching and a million questions hit you:

  • How does the first day work?
  • When can I see the syllabus?
  • What will class be like?
  • Am I ready?
  • I’ve never done this before – help! 
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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Student Success

Overcoming Barriers to Graduate School

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Aug 11, 2015 11:12:40 AM

We know more formal education generally equals career advancement and greater income. Yet many of us who want a graduate degree often don't try because the barriers seem impossible to overcome.

They're not.

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Topics: Graduate Degree

Turning an AA or AS into a BA in Liberal Studies at UNCG

Posted by Trina Gabriel on Jun 9, 2015 10:52:07 AM

Are you enrolled in an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at a North Carolina community college? If so and you’re thinking about continuing onto the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) at UNCG, completion of your A.A. or A.S. through the North Carolina community college system can make that process much smoother.

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Topics: BLS, Transfer

UNCG Kinesiology Chair Selected for Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame

Posted by UNCG Online on May 29, 2015 9:49:32 AM

In June 2015, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Department of Kinesiology Chair Dr. Sandy Shultz will receive her crowning achievement: induction into the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. Shultz is one of eight professionals selected nationally this year and joins more than 250 trainers chosen to date.

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Topics: Graduate Degree, Accolades

Why Go To Graduate School

Posted by Coventry Kessler on May 26, 2015 10:42:57 AM

Let's say you're in your 30s, married, with two kids, a bachelor's degree, and a job you're reasonably satisfied with. 

You know graduate school is time consuming, expensive, and often inconvenient. Even if you earn a graduate degree, there's no guarantee you'll get the job you want.

So why should you go to graduate school?

Graduate education can advance your career.

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Topics: Online Learning, Graduate Degree, MALS, Career Advancement, Online Degree

3 Tips for Structuring Your Professional Studies Concentration

Posted by Trina Gabriel on May 15, 2015 2:06:00 PM

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) with a concentration in Professional Studies allows for a large measure of flexibility and creativity. However, your flexibility and creativity will need some structure. It's all about having a plan.
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Topics: Bachelor Degree, BLS, Online Degree, Academic Advising

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