Saturday, October 30, 2010

$20 Million Grant Awarded to Kentucky and Pennsylvania Schools

By Sandra Kelly

Low income students in the Louisville, Ky and Erie, PA areas just got a boost to their college educations.  As a part of the Investing in Innovation program, which was created as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is granting $20 million dollars to increase college access for first generation, low-income, minority students.  The $20 million dollar grant was awarded to the D.C. based, non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education which will give out the money to specific schools.

This grant money will be used to support the Using Data to Inform College Access Programming in the 21st Century High School initiative, which aims to get help from local colleges and businesses to help raise college access for students who are least likely to seek a college education after graduating from high school.  These low-income, minority students attend and graduate from college at a much lower level than other middle and upper class students, which makes this grant money all the more important.

The program aims to help these low-income students in a variety of ways including combining online courses with physical classroom settings to help determine a student’s learning progress.  Computer programs will then determine the various subjects certain students need to focus on in order to be successful at the collegiate level.  Students will also receive extra counseling and academic advising as part of this program. This counseling will surely help less successful students focus their academic paths and figure out what classes they should take during their first couple of years in college.  By providing structured advertising, the Using DICAP program will allow students to get on a fast, concise track to graduation and not waste any precious money on college classes that will not be used towards a specific college degree.

Indian Catholic University Launches Seven Online Degree Courses

A Catholic university in the northeast Indian state of Assam is offering global access to its degree courses in seven programmes in three disciplines.Claiming to be the first of its kind in the country, Assam Don Bosco University based in Guwahati, already in its third year, is all set to launch its first online degree programmes.

``We hope to target thousands of working-class young people across the globe,`` says the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Stephen Mavely SDB, explaining how the classes and study will take place on the Web, enabling students to have access to the best professors from around the country.

Using the state-of-the-art Virtual Classroom Technology, the varsity will run the programmes designed for working executives and professionals looking for study projects that complement their work and their need to juggle a career, a family and a degree programme.
These programmes give an option for anyone anywhere to be part of Don Bosco University (DBU) backed by its worldwide network in education and other developmental works.

Currently Don Bosco Society operates in 132 countries.
The DBU OnLine programme director, Dr. Joseph Anikuzhikkattil, says, ``From this year, we are offering study programmes in the following subjects: Executive MBA (1 year), MBA in Information Technology (2 years), MBA in Entrepreneurship (2 years), MBA with Specialisation (2 years), MS (Information Technology) (2 years), Bachelor of Business Administration (3 years) and Bachelor of Computer Applications (3 years).``

Details of registration are available at
Programme coordinator, Arnab Kumar Choudhury, adds: ``This will be followed by many more degree/diploma/certificate programmes in a modular structure in quick succession.``
Currently, DBU conducts regular degree courses in Management, Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Applications from Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology at Azara and Don Bosco Institute of Management at Kharguli, Guwahati.
Construction work on the 272-acre main campus at Tapesia Gardens, 16 km from state capital Dispur, is to commence shortly. Within three to five years, the DBU main campus residential complex is expected to house some six thousand students and staff. Besides the academic and administrative complex, the campus will also have a tea plantation, orange grove, sports complex, chapel, convention centre, hospital facilities, bio-diversity park as well as a free high school for one thousand poor students.

Friday, October 29, 2010

ASU partners with Pearson to boost online presence

Arizona State University is beginning an aggressive push to increase online student enrollment.
It is partnering with Pearson eCollege, part of Britain-based Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services that occupies a large office building at Loop 101 and Ray Road in Chandler.
"ASU is partnering with Pearson eCollege in order to rapidly accelerate the development of high-quality course work and achieve enrollment goals of 17,000 to 30,000 undergraduate students within the next five years," said Philip Regier, executive vice provost and dean of ASU Online.ASU now has 1,600 online students.Regier said ASU will increase marketing and call-center enrollment services."What we do really well at ASU is curriculum and instruction," the dean said.Regier said he wants to "really give the for-profits a run for their money."Currently ASU resident undergraduates pay $975 per course plus fees. That cost will increase a bit in the spring.Non-resident students will pay the same for online classes that on-campus resident students pay."We're obviously focused first and foremost in the Arizona and Phoenix markets, but . . . we welcome (out-of-state students) very much," he said.The Board of Regents gave ASU the authority to grant out-of-state students an online degree and to price their tuition at a rate comparable to in-state students.
"Our end goal is to graduate students," the dean said, "to graduate them, not to get them in, but to get them degrees."At least a dozen degrees are offered online, including nursing, sociology, political science and criminology and criminal justice. The offerings meet 80 to 90 percent of the demand for returning students, Regier said. The two most popular degrees are in interdisciplinary studies and liberal science. A degree in psychology will be offered online in January. Online business degrees will follow, he said.
Department chairmen and faculty will stay in control of the online programs, he added. More faculty will be hired."We want to meld the best aspects of the private sector with the best aspects of ASU, and . . . we think we can retain and graduate students far better because of our partnership (with Pearson)."
Under the agreement, ASU will design and teach classes and set and enforce instructional and academic policies. Pearson will provide software - a learning management system for the delivery of online programs. It will provide enrollment services and monitor and analyze trends in student performance. ASU will take in online students every eight weeks, and classes will run 7 1/2 weeks, half the time of an on-campus semester.
"There will be required interaction between students, and they will write papers. It will be very much a class," the dean said.

Luci scott
The Arizona Republic

Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Introduces Bachelor of Arts Degree in Adult Development

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of post-secondary education services focusing on higher access to higher education, announced today that Ashford University has created a new Bachelor of Arts degree program in Adult Development.  This targeted degree will be the foundation of many careers that support America's growing adult population, applicable to industries such as health care, social services, public administration, legal representation and law enforcement. According to the United States Administration on Aging, the number of Americans between ages 45 and 64 has increased 38 percent since 1997.  The National Institutes of Health has declared that the over-65 population will double in the next 25 years.  As the adult portion of America's citizenry continues to grow, Ashford University has recognized that segment-specific knowledge and training is necessary to serve the members of that population.
"This new degree mirrors changes in the world around us, as more and more disciplines focus research on adulthood," stated Dr. Alice Vestergaard, Ashford's Health, Human Services and Sciences program director. "Multi-disciplinary perspectives of adulthood incorporate psychology, education, health, social sciences and anthropology.  This new degree reflects the collaborative nature of the emerging research and study of adulthood."
Instead of modifying an existing degree to include adult topics, Ashford University built the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Development from the ground up.  The Adult Development degree can also be specialized for gerontology, training and development, teaching, workforce services or health studies.  Through the program's courses, students will be able to focus on the growing adult-specific demands on the public and private sector, including education, health and human services, counseling, social work, psychology, career services, legal representation, law enforcement, sociology and public administration.
"By incorporating learning theories and instructional design into this innovative degree, graduates are able to work in a variety of adult education settings serving diverse populations across the continuum of adulthood," added Dr. Rebecca Wardlow, program director for the College of Education.
Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Adult Development is currently available online.  This degree does not lead to licensure or certification of any kind.

About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

Courtesy  - SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Columbus State University Receives New Nursing School Accreditation

Columbus State University has just received approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which is the leading accrediting body for baccalaureate and advanced degree nursing programs.  This accreditation states that Columbus State’s School of Nursing meets or exceeds the nation’s highest standards when it comes to preparing and advancing the training of nursing professionals.
This accreditation comes on the heels of Columbus State’s recent changes to their online master’s of nursing program and two track bachelor’s program.  In addition to these programs Columbus State has recently launched an online undergraduate program for registered nurses as part of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  This online program is offered completely online, with no need to visit the physical campus, year round in 8 to 10 week sessions.  This online program was designed for the full-time working nurses who are looking to advance their careers by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
In addition to this new online Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program, Columbus State is also planning to offer a new online Master of Science in Nursing Education and Administration program.  This new online masters program is still pending University of Georgia Board of Regents approval, but should not have any problem being approved especially after the undergraduate program was awarded this prestigious accreditation.
This new accreditation is great news for Columbus State.  Add in a recent $1 million grant from St. Francis Hospital and Columbus Regional Health care System and Columbus State is well on its way to doing its part in reaching the statewide goal of a 22% increase in registered nurses.  With more Americans looking to start a career in the medical field, these new online nursing courses will make it that much easier for working individuals to meet their own personal goals and start a fulfilling career in the nursing field.

By Sandra Kelly

New Elementary Education Adult Degree Program in Portland Prepares Students to Teach in Oregon

Newberg, Ore. (Vocus) October 28, 2010
George Fox University will introduce an elementary education degree program for working adults at its Portland Center location, with the first cohort scheduled to begin course work in the fall of 2011.
Applications for admission to the part-time bachelor's degree program are now being accepted. The 41-credit-hour major offers course work that prepares students to apply for the Initial I Teaching License, with authorization to teach in Oregon in both public and private schools at the early childhood (ages 3-4) and elementary (grades 3-8) levels.
The program's format is designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults, with classes scheduled one night per week and one Saturday per month at the Portland Center near Tigard, located at 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., Suite 222, in Portland. An information meeting about the program is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Portland Center.
Among the admission requirements is the completion of 62 semester hours of transferrable credit made up of general education and electives and passing scores on either the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or Praxis 1 Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).
Some classes are offered in a hybrid format, which combines face-to-face classroom time with online courses. The curriculum also includes opportunities to work in the field, sending students into elementary schools to provide quality student-teaching experiences.
Those who enroll are a part of a small, supportive cohort consisting of no more than 20 people. Major classes are completed with the same group of students, allowing colleagues to provide motivation and support through the process. Students typically complete the degree in five or six semesters.
As an option, students may add the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement to the elementary/early childhood authorization if they meet the testing and course work requirements in a content area and take the required courses.
To learn more about the program, including cost and admissions information, contact admissions counselor Kristie DeHaven at 503-554-2266 or visit the university's adult degree programs website.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university's campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor's degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master's and doctoral degrees.

By Kristie DeHaven
Admissions Counselor

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kaplan University Signs Agreement with International Union of Police Association to Expand Education Options for Law Enforcement Officers

Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, and the International Union of Police Association (IUPA), AFL-CIO today announced an alliance agreement that will provide the union's estimated 100,000 members with opportunities to pursue online degrees. The degrees are designed to help the IUPA members advance in their law enforcement careers, get the skills they need to start new careers or prepare for retirement. The partnership will also provide IUPA members and their immediate family members with a special reduced tuition rate.
“Our working with Kaplan University opens up a whole new set of career opportunities for our members,” said IUPA International President Sam A. Cabral. “By taking advantage of Kaplan's programs, our officers will ensure a much more secure financial future for themselves and their families. Too often, law enforcement officers find themselves forced to take early retirement for serious career-ending injuries. An advanced degree opens whole new career opportunities in less strenuous fields and allows an officer to be financially secure.”
The Kaplan/IUPA partnership gives law enforcement personnel the opportunity to earn associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificates. The University offers a wide variety of legal, criminal justice and law-related programs, including Crime Scene Technician and Corrections certificates, criminal justice degrees with emphases in forensic psychology and homeland security, and a juris doctor degree. Concord Law School of Kaplan University was the nation's first fully online law school and is the only one that is part of a regionally accredited university. Additionally, Kaplan's more than 125 online programs and offerings make it possible for officers to continue to work full time while pursuing higher education.
“Kaplan University's programs are designed to provide customized education options for non-traditional students who are looking for innovative, high-quality degree options that are also convenient,” said Gregory Marino, president of the Kaplan University Group. “In addition to a wide portfolio of law-related degree programs, the University also offers information technology, business, education and health care-related degrees that could satisfy a wide variety of education interests.”
IUPA members will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction on all of the University's programs. Additionally, members will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction on Kaplan Virtual Education's online high school programs and a 15 percent reduction on all Kaplan Continuing Education online certificate programs. Also, as part of the partnership, Kaplan will be a sponsor at both the 2011 Conference and the 2012 Convention for the International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO (IUPA).

News By kaplan University

Computer Science Degree now offered online at Stevens-Henager College

n a move that will make IT education more accessible to students, Stevens-Henager College’s Salt Lake City/Murray campus is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree online.

The Computer Science degree was previously offered only on campus. The online availability of this degree will provide students additional flexibility since they will be able to complete their coursework from anywhere and follow a schedule at their convenience.

The Bachelor’s of Computer Science degree can be earned in 36 months or in as few as 30 months at Stevens-Henager College on a flexible schedule. The curriculum covers diverse courses including computer fundamentals and technologies, database design, networking concepts, Internet programming, and telecommunications. The program is designed to train prospects in advanced theoretical and practical aspects of computing and qualifies graduates for a broad range of IT careers such as programming, network administration, and database management.

Graduates are also prepared for additional professional certifications to widen their knowledge base and enhance their prospects in the job market. However, certification examinations may require additional coursework and preparation by students appearing for them.  

Stevens-Henager College, which has seven campuses across Utah and Idaho, offers various Bachelor’s degrees online through its Salt Lake City/Murray branch, including Accounting, Business Administration, Nursing (completion)
, Nursing Administration, and Graphic Design. The Computer Science degree is the latest program to be made available online by the college.

Online degrees offered by the college are ideally suited for full-time professionals since these career-focused programs are available on flexible schedules.  Classes at Stevens-Henager College start every month.
By Stevens-Henager college

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Capella University - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in - Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education

Enhance your qualifications in adult education and college teaching, one of the 10 fastest growing occupations in the country. You will earn two valuable credentials as part of this specialization—a PhD in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary Adult Education and a Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching. The curriculum focuses on theories of adult learning and distance education, critical analysis and research skills, best practices in postsecondary adult instruction, and application of theory and research to develop effective learning environments for individuals from a variety of backgrounds. People who choose this specialization are often pursuing postsecondary faculty positions or education leadership positions in a variety of adult learning settings, including higher education institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the military.

The residential colloquia experience:

As a doctoral learner, you will attend three five-day colloquia at specific stages in your program, in addition to your online courses. These energizing residencies provide you with insights and knowledge that will be valuable during your doctoral studies and beyond.

By Capella University

Monday, October 25, 2010

Online colleges are helping more adults return to schools and earn degrees

More adults have turned to online colleges to finish their education and earn a degree. California Southern University (cal southern), an online school, announced this week that it will sponsor the distance learning page of the Social Psychology Network website. The institution's goal is to continue to encourage individuals in the psychology field to return to school and advance their careers. "With many adults returning to school to complete their degree and further their career goals, there is an increasing need for quality online education that can be accessed from anywhere in the world," said Barbara Grimes, the dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences at cal southern.
Grimes also noted that the sponsorship is symbolic of the college's commitment to online education and distance learning for working professionals.
The school has been an advocate for distance learning since it was established in 1978. Not only does cal southern allow students to work toward psychology degrees through online courses, but it offers internships and practicum opportunities as well.
The demand for psychologists is expected to grow by 12 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Online colleges can give adults the flexible schedule they need to work toward a degree.

By  Barbara Grimes

Bryant and Stratton College to offer scholarship for online associates degree program

Bryant and stratton college online, an accredited post-secondary institution, is offering up to ten full tuition scholarships awards to study in its associates degree program. The program also offers five $5000.00  to remaining finalists.
One unique feature in this scholarship program is that it offers the recipient the opportunity to award their second scholarship to a deserving  friend or family member to also study in the college. This program is known as the Pay It Forward Scholarship.
This is an excellent opportunity for adults that, for personal or family reasons, were not able to continue their post-secondary education.
Distance education is a rigorous form of learning comparable to classroom lectures. Students considering distance education must first feel comfortable working with technology and also remain highly committed in learning and applying time management skills. This is a definite plus for those looking to add transferable skills to their resume in addition to studying for a new career.

By George Narvaez

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Capella University

Capella University, an Accredited Online University, to Host Panel of Public Service Leaders to Discuss Best Practices During a Pandemic Crisis

The three winners of the online university’s Public Service Challenge will be recognized and awarded for their accomplishments
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Capella University, an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults, will host a discussion panel with public service leaders from multiple disciplines to highlight the effective preparations and responses of public service leaders during a pandemic crisis situation. The discussion will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the online university’s PhD colloquium at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The panelists include:
“The challenges in today’s public sector call for leaders with the skills and abilities to collaborate across jurisdictional and organizational lines”
  • Aaron Brown; Facilitator/Moderator
A recipient of numerous awards for journalism, Brown has covered some of the world’s most memorable news stories. He is the first Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University in Tempe, and is an anchor on PBS' Wide Angle.
  • John Hawkins, PhD; Lothian & Borders Police
A recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, Hawkins is a senior British police officer and an adjunct member of faculty at Capella University. His areas of interest are leadership and leadership development within the public service arena.
  • Theresa Kyzar, RN, MSN, MBA; Northwestern State University (NSU)
Kyzar is a frequent speaker at national and international professional nursing organizations. She is an assistant professor at NSU’s College of Nursing in Shreveport, Louisiana; and a health management consultant to long term care companies in the southeastern U.S. Kyzar is earning her PhD in Health Care Administration at Capella University.
  • Charles Little, DO, FACEP; University of Colorado Denver
As medical director of emergency preparedness at the University of Colorado and The Center for Integrated Health and Disaster Preparedness, Little led the hospital response during the H1N1 outbreak. He developed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment pandemic triage and treatment policies.
  • Justin Lombardo, PhD; VP & CLO Children’s Medical Center, Dallas
Lombardo has more than 10 years of experience building integrated learning and development systems for large academic medical centers in adult and pediatric settings. He has served on advisory boards on workforce development at the regional, national and international level.
  • Joyce Anne Wainio, MHA; VP National Center of Healthcare Leadership (NCHL)
Wainio is responsible for supporting the work of NCHL Councils and networks, program development, and coordinating content for the NCHL’s external communications. Her career has spanned work in innovative non-profit healthcare organizations, the Federal government, national and state associations, and hospital management.
  • Tyler Zerwekh, MPH, DrPH; Memphis & Shelby County Health Department
Zerwekh oversees the pollution control, vector control, environmental sanitation, and emergency preparedness programs as the deputy administrator for the Environmental Health Services Bureau at the Memphis and Shelby Health Department.
“The challenges in today’s public sector call for leaders with the skills and abilities to collaborate across jurisdictional and organizational lines,” said Aaron Brown. “Capella University is educating its students to become successful public service leaders who will benefit their individual organizations, the public as a whole, and their own careers.”
A special ceremony will follow the panel discussion to celebrate the three winners from the online university’s Public Service Challenge. They will each receive either a $10,000 scholarship to Capella University, or a $10,000 charitable donation to an approved organization of their choice. In addition, each will be invited to serve on Capella's Public Service Advisory Council, which helps shape Capella's educational offerings to best meet the needs of public service professionals.
Recognized for its quality programs, Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership multidisciplinary approach is designed to expose learners to parallel disciplines, so that they can partner with health care, public safety, and public administration professionals to solve public service challenges. Programs are developed and taught by expert faculty who are recognized within their field. More than 38,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella University, with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs.
About Capella University
Capella University is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral online degree programs in the fields of business, counseling, education, human services, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 137 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate programs. More than 38,000 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2010, from all 50 states and 52 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis.
By Capella University.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Online education for international students

For international transfer students, integration into the U.S. university system brings challenges. Potential roadblocks include English proficiency requirements and an inability to transfer credits from an overseas school. Online education can help international students orient themselves in the U.S. system and accelerate their progress toward a degree.
International students can get a head start on their U.S. education by earning transfer credits. You can accelerate your progress to your by taking online education courses and proficiency exams.

Preparing for University in the U.S.

International students may be vulnerable to academic difficulty, as they struggle to integrate into a new education system.

International Student Preparation

International students face potential obstacles transitioning from their native schooling to an entirely new system. While many international students boast a stronger math and science education than their U.S. counterparts, English and reading skills are likely to elude a non-native English speaker. Language difficulties and pedagogical differences can also make math and science education a challenge.
Any deficiency in preparation threatens to delay degree completion and increase the cost of university. U.S. universities generally require international students with foreign transcripts to take remedial courses before they can progress to the university curriculum. Remedial classes can extend time to degree completion to three years for associates degrees and six years for bachelor's degrees.

Strategies to Help International Students Get Ahead

There are several ways to overcome the obstacles:

1. Pass Entrance Exams

International transfer students can demonstrate their abilities and skills by taking the following required and recommended tests.
In addition, many colleges and universities allow international students to satisfy remedial and even college-level requirements by demonstrating their proficiency in a specific subject area.
Remedial tests. Most schools administer remedial tests to assess basic writing and reading skills, mathematics, science, or foreign language proficiency. In addition, the College Board offers SAT subject tests in high school curriculum areas: literature, U.S. and world history, biology, chemistry, physics, foreign languages, and more.
Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The AP system assesses student proficiency in college-level subjects, allowing students to test out of basic degree requirements. AP exams cover 31 subjects ranging from U.S. history to Japanese language and culture.
High scores on these subject test series could instantly accelerate your progress to the university degree, saving you time and money.

2. Take Online Courses

Online courses offer international students another chance to start university ahead of the competition. An online degree program administered through a U.S. school provides prospective universities with a recognizable sign of your ability to perform in the U.S. higher education system. Online education is available in:
  • Remedial core subjects such as English and mathematics
  • Advanced placement subjects
  • Basic college courses
  • TOEFL preparation and English as a Second Language training
Online courses in these areas can help you test out of the remedial or lower-division university course requirements. Some schools offer transfer credits for courses taken through an accredited U.S. online degree program.

3. Talk to an Admissions Counselor

Admissions counselors at your prospective schools can help you determine your options for accelerating your education. Depending on school policy, transfer credits may be available for:
  • AP and remedial test scores
  • U.S. online degree program transcripts
  • International school transcripts.
For example, some schools offer "acceleration credits" for international students with a more advanced high school background in key areas.
Accreditation is an important factor in the transferability of credits, both from international and online domestic schools. Each U.S. college and university is accredited by a regional or national agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Although there are some international accrediting agencies, few international schools win recognition by U.S. institutions. The rate of transfer is low even among U.S. institutions, which may not recognize schools accredited by another agency. Ask admissions counselors about credit-transfer rules and keep accreditation in mind as you shop for online courses.
International students face an uphill battle in the transition into the U.S. higher education system. With a little planning and remote online education, you can arrive in the country academically ahead of your American peers.
By clare kaufma

Friday, October 15, 2010

Kaplan University Partners with Kauffman FastTrac® to Offer FastTrac® Courses in Entrepreneurship Specializations

Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced that it has teamed up with Kauffman FastTrac®, a premier provider of learning curricula for entrepreneurs, to integrate FastTrac courses into two online master’s degree specializations—the new Entrepreneurship specialization within the Master of Science in Information Technology program and the Entrepreneurship specialization within the Master of Business Administration program.
“Kauffman has a premier reputation for entrepreneurial training and development. These specializations provide Kaplan University with an opportunity to expand its online curriculum with the highest quality tools to help students successfully pursue entrepreneurial ventures,” said Thomas Boyd, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and Management.”The FastTrac courses are particularly beneficial as entrepreneurial opportunities continue to grow at high rates in today’s business world.”
According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States, the number of new businesses created during the current recession increased. In 2009, business startups reached their highest level in 14 years – even exceeding the number of startups during the peak 1999-2000 technology boom.
The new Entrepreneurship specialization within the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) includes FastTrac New Venture™ courses, such as Foundations of Entrepreneurship: FastTrac® New Venture and FastTrac New Venture Lab. The existing Entrepreneurship specialization within the Master of Business Administration program has been updated to include FastTrac New Venture™ courses, such as Small Business Administration and Corporate Venturing.
”Nearly all net job growth in our country comes from companies less than five years old. So, today more than ever, we need graduate business and IT students to understand the importance of entrepreneurship and to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set to encourage the startup and growth of new firms,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, which created the FastTrac program. “By adding the FastTrac program to their MBA and MSIT course curricula, Kaplan University will effectively equip even more business leaders and entrepreneurs with the skills they need to start and grow firms—thus creating the innovations, jobs and wealth this country needs to recover and prosper.”

About Kauffman FastTrac

Kauffman FastTrac is the leading provider of learning curricula that equip aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and network to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States devoted to entrepreneurship. To learn more about Kauffman FastTrac, visit

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University has more than 125 academic programs and offerings, and serves more than 75,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 12 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 112,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States and abroad. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest and fastest-growing division. For more information about Kaplan University, visit

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There are possible solutions to juvenile delinquency.They include the following:
1.ENACTMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY AGAINST POOR PARENTING.As discussed already that parental responsibility is a cause is a pointer to the government to put up an adolescent-parenting or childhood parenting policy.Such policy will redirect most parents' attitude to good parenting while offenders will be made to face the wrath of the law.
2. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.One thing that is capable of making someone get involved in such crime is unemployment.Most children, on the street today ,may be willing to stay far from crime if probably given a gainful employment.In most developing nations where gainful employment is scarce,its common to see young school leavers easily lured into torgery.What could have been responsible for some well educated fellows becoming an assassins or kidnappers other than joblessness.Providing meaningful employment is a natural way of  take evil far from the minds.
3. ADMINISTER SCHOOL DISCIPLINE.This will help, a great deal,to culture the kids as offenders shall be subjected to certain percentage of punishment depending on the degree of crime committed.At this juncture,parents must be reminded that if one spear the rod,one would spoil the child.Therefore, should allow the school authorities to be in full control over their children and accept when they are punished for wrong doing.
4. EXTRA MORAL STUDIES.It should become a matter of urgency for schools to add extral moral studies to her school curricullum as it will teach the kids morals and increase the fear of the creator in their heart.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Juvenile delinquency refers to the violation of laws and antisocial conduct in children bellow 18years.When it starts, in a kid,usually such children are never yielding to control from their parent.Its a serious menace in societies today that must not be taken with levity.The causes amongst others and  possible effects is on focus.


1.PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY.In today's world,most parent have failed in their responsibility of naturing their children due to career pursuit.A situation where dad and mum lives home early in the morning and returns home perhaps late at night, 360days of the year, has ruined many kids.In this case, where the kids look towards no one for correction and exhibits whatever comes to mind. when nobody is there to watch over them after school has exposed some children to drugs addition, immorality, gangster etc.

2.PEER GROUP.Just as the saying goes " show me your friend and i will tell you who you are" , explains that bad company is a cause of juvenile delinquency.Those children who keep bad company  as friends have been lured to drugs ,immorality, gangster,drunkenness, robbery just to mention a few. Research has shown that many cases of antisocial vices among kids are as a result of who they hang out with.

3.IDLENESS. "An idle heart is the devil's workshop". When kids are idle, it easily puts them in a state of invention and discovery.But in this case, negative invention and discovery.Some children, took break hours in schools, as an idle time for to achieve their evil desire. Several schools' report has shown this.At home, many other kids took to watching adult labeled movies for lack of nothing to do.Some  are on the streets  and party,most week-ends just to keep themselves busy. All these put together has resulted evil among the kids.

4.MORAL FACTOR.We live in a world that has no regards for God ,our creator.Immorality has since replaced morality. Imagine what a child that has no regards for her parents or any one else would do.Some times, it amazes to find some kids' character questionable because their traits are so different from their parents.Other times , one may hurry to conclude that such kids are alien. Being moral makes any one to do what is right supposedly.
Putting all the above to consideration, it is obvious that its effects are inevitable. Some of them are as follows:
1.INCREASE IN SCHOOL DROP-OUT. Many school children have been advised to withdraw as a result of something bad they did like rape, engaging in robbery, impersonation, exam cheat etc after which many don't ever get back to school.This is affecting our society as it further leads to increase in crime.

2.CRIME ON THE MOVE. Of cause thats it. Crime, certainly ,is on the move daily so long as people, especially the under 18years have taken to evil. Juvenile delinquency made it easy for crime boost .

3.UNWANTED TEENAGE PREGNANCIES. For every action, there must be a reaction. Juvenile delinquency has resulted to  increase in teenage pregnancy in our every day society.A kid that often watch immoral films or hang out with bad friends would some day be influenced to practice.And when this happens, many a time, the casualties are never expected or ready to accept parenthood.Hence, the next door for them is abortion.

4.INCREASED ABORTION RATE.Abortion is rated high especially among the teenagers globally as shown from statistics.Although it is accepted in some countries legally does not mean it is right.Countless couple that take to child adoption may be as a result of reckless living in their teenage days, due to multiple abortion.The fetus or womb is very delicate and as such must not be stressed before marriage.

5.EARLY MARRIAGE.This concept is common with less civilized areas where some parent send their pregnant daughters to early marriages, caused by juvenile delinquency. When this occurs, that could be the end of education for such fellow and suffer the pains of illiteracy ever after.

6.SUDDEN DEATH. Death is inevitable to everyone but can be much earlier with juvenile delinquency.Many kids never lived to tell the story of what happened as death occurred in the process.Some other die daily as they have to suffer from the agony it has caused them ever after.

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Monday, October 4, 2010


Learning has several meaning to different people.but all meanings boil back to the fact that one takes-in a knowledge.To become knowledgeable about a thing  should be taken seriously and for a successful learning, every learner should consider the following;

1 .READINESS. Readiness is very strong step to learning.A student who often lack proper preparedness to a class would certainly be half bathed in that topic.And because of this,such could hardly be successful in her test.Imagine a factory worker who is never ready to learn new things in the companiesor her area of specialization will soon be outdated in output.
2.MATERIALS REQUIRED.For anything worth learning requires materials.In some industries, its called tools.In the act and process of learning, the trainer,tutor etc must usually perform physical examples or exhibitions to the trainee or learners after which each learner must perform on her own following the trainer's instructions.So, it will be difficult for any trainee to practice without materials.
3.CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT.Many a time,most people learn in an un-conducive environment.The environment where one learns can help in facilitating quick assimilation and understanding.For example,students in a college built very close to a busy center will find learning very taskful because of the continuously noise often generated.Environment varies according to industries.There are industries where the best conducive environment is busy centers as others would prefer solitary or remote areas.
4.PASSION. Passion is the very determination any one needs to learn.During the process of learning, obstacles usually arises as challenges.but opting out at that time wont be necessary because
of the passion to learn.