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It's Not About WHEN You Finish College; It's About FINISHING College

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jan 22, 2015 11:30:25 AM

Finishing college is hard. Finishing it as an adult is even harder. If it was easy a lot more than 33 percent of returning adult college students would graduate.

Finishing college also takes time. It takes time every day to attend class and complete coursework, and it takes time to complete all the required courses to earn a degree.

Almost everyone I've encountered who has considered going back to college to finish an undergraduate degree wants to do it in as little time as possible.

Many adult college students think since they're older and have some real world experience that classroom learning will be quick and easy. They somehow think they can take several classes at one time and finish their degree quickly. The result? Most end up quitting college - again.

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Topics: Student Success, College Degree, Bachelor Degree, Time, Online Degree

Advantages of Being an Adult College Student

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jan 9, 2015 3:36:29 PM

Yes, there really are advantages to being an adult college student.

When thinking about a return to college many adults imagine all the OBSTACLES they will face and forget to think about the ADVANTAGES they have as adults in the college classroom. So in case you're struggling to identify those advantages - we've outlined some for you below.

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Topics: Online Learning, Student Success, College Degree, Online Degree

10 Great Apps for Online College Students

Posted by Kelly Paul on Dec 18, 2014 12:42:50 PM

Attending college online is hard work. It’s even harder if you’re juggling a job and family. To make it easier, we’ve outlined 10 great Apps (some free, some with small fee) that can help you stay organized and keep the end goal in sight.

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Topics: Online Learning, Technology

Checklist for Returning to College Online

Posted by Kelly Paul on Nov 25, 2014 10:29:42 AM

You’ve decided you want to finish that college degree or pursue a graduate degree. Because you have adult responsibilities — likely a family and a job — the best way to do it may be to get a degree online.

Here’s a list of things you should check out to ensure you receive a quality education that meets your goals.

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Topics: Technology, Accreditation, Online Degree

What Mom Never Told You About Online Degrees

Posted by Kelly Paul on Sep 25, 2014 12:54:03 PM

  1. They're Accredited

    Well, not all of them, but many are. Accreditation by a reputable agency is your guarantee that the college or university you're considering can deliver the high-quality education it promises. It assures quality control.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Degree

5 Secret Ingredients for a Successful Career Change

Posted by Kelly Paul on Sep 24, 2014 4:27:10 PM

Transitioning from one career to another can be challenging, so we're sharing some easy ingredients employers have told us make a career change candidate stand out.

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Topics: Career Advancement, Online Degree

Returning to College: Who Studies Online?

Posted by Kelly Paul on Sep 19, 2014 2:41:13 PM

Are you thinking about returning to college and enrolling in an online degree program? If so, are you curious who your classmates are likely to be if you do? We've outlined the answers for you in the infographic below.


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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Student Success, Online Degree

Why Online Students Need Academic Advising

Posted by Kelly Paul on Sep 12, 2014 9:58:26 AM

Navigating an online degree can get complicated, from understanding the technology involved to taking the right course at the right time, to making sure you apply on time to graduate. Using Academic Advising and checking in regularly with your online academic advisor is the best way to ensure you do what you need to when you need to - so you can graduate at the best time for you. It can also help you avoid pitfalls, like withdrawing from too many courses, running out your financial aid, or going over the total number of credits required for your degree.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Degree, Academic Advising

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Specialized Areas of Focus

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jul 24, 2014 2:10:23 PM

Most college  majors offer a pretty standard curriculum: the most important topics in the major organized chronologically or from most basic to most advanced.

UNCG's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, however, does things a little differently. It's like a huge buffet with wildly interesting dishes organized into four kinds of courses. And while they're not Appetizer, Main Dish, Side Dishes, and Dessert, each grouping offers items that are tasty, nutritious and sometimes totally unexpected.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, BLS

Etiquette for Online Course Discussion Board Posts

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jul 9, 2014 12:01:05 PM

Writing for your course's discussion board is not like posting on Facebook, Twitter, or the comments section of news websites.

Posting on the course discussion board isn't quite like writing a paper either, but it's close. It counts toward your grade and furthermore creates your most visible portrait in the class. The following tips will help you demonstrate good discussion board etiquette with both your professor and your classmates.
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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Student Success

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