Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to Earn a College Degree You Can Be Proud Of

What would it take to earn a college degree you could really be proud of? That is the important question to be asking this time of year as the back-to-school sales are in full swing. Typically college carries a significant price tag when it's all said and done. According to the College Board, students paid an average $22,261 for the 2012–2013 academic year at an in-state, public institution. Since most degrees take a minimum of 5 years to complete traditionally, the price tag for this essential "door-opener" to the American dream starts at a "moderate" $111,305. For most Americans, only the purchase of a home will exceed this price tag. Although, it seems that much more care is put into that purchase than the decision to head off to college. To cross the finish line feeling the money, time and energy was truly worth it; every student should begin with the end in mind, develop both their character and resume, and graduate debt free. Only then does opportunity abound.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lessons from Man of Steel

The new Superman movie, Man of Steel, debuted in movie theaters across the country this past week. It reminded me of a conversation with one of our Accelerate University clients a few months ago. He had seen the Man of Steel preview and drew the insightful parallel of his journey in obtaining his college degree. "Watch the trailer for Man of Steel," he told me. "There are some great quotes in there. I turned to my dad and said, 'That's what they're doing in AU!'" Later, I searched YouTube. Three particular quotes caught my attention:
  • "What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?"
  • "You just have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is is going to change the world."
  • "You will give the people of earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 9 Degrees with Starting Pay of $50K+ for Less Than $15K

All to frequently, college students take on thousands of dollars of debt to complete a college degree which ends up not paying for itself out in the real world. In his new book College Unbound, author Jeffrey Selingo states, "On average, students leave college with $27,000 in loans—and the top 1% owe more than $150,000...Since 2007, the average age of marriage is also on the rise—up from 27.5 to 28.7 for men and from 25.6 to 26.5 for women. Conversely, fertility rates and home ownership among young adults continues to drop."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Why Do I Need AU? Can't I Just Do This Myself?

Occasionally, we are asked:
Why do I need AU? Can't I do this approach to college on my own?
Our reply is: 
Yes, you can do this approach to college yourself. Our primary goal is that students understand there are options for that college degree, which do not have to require thousands of dollars of debt OR years of your life in the classroom.
However, before you run off to find your own way, you might consider what it is you could be missing by blazing that trail solo. Besides the countless hours of research into the most effective way to earn each credit required for each degree, every AU student is given a guide who helps them make progress toward their goals.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Seriously Flexible and Affordable Higher Education...

Thomas Edison State College is just one of the colleges we love to utilize for quick, affordable, fully accredited degree completion. Listen to Alicia Malone, Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Technology, explain what makes their program so great for adults who are already out in the workforce, holding down jobs and supporting families as they are trying to finish their college degree.

Just a few reasons we love sending our clients to TESC for degree completion!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Have You Been Swayed By Myths Of Online Learning?

In 2012, the rate of growth in online enrollments was ten times that of the rate in all higher education. Despite this fact, at Excellence In Learning, we often visit with parents who are particularly concerned that a degree via distance learning with the Accelerate University Program is a "less-than" option for their student. Forbes published a very helpful article examining the 6 most common myths about online learning.

The majority of these myths resonate primarily within the academic community. However, there are two that go to the heart of the concern we hear from parents. For your convenience, they are listed below.

Myth # 3:    The quality of outcomes is less for an online student than for one who has received the same instruction in a classroom.
Research over many decades has shown that the outcomes for those studying at a distance do not differ from those in a classroom. As much as our egos might wish otherwise, students don’t have to sit at our feet to learn. In fact, there has been such consistency of finding in this regard that the phrase “no significant difference” has become the expected hypothesis in making comparisons. 

Myth #5:    Credentials earned online are not accepted by employers. 
Over the past several years, Excelsior College and the Zogby organization have conducted nationwide surveys of employers and hiring officials to determine their perceptions of online certificates and degrees. The results of the survey in 2011 revealed that nearly two-thirds of those familiar with online education believe that a degree earned online is a credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program. Respondents stated the most important factors in determining the credibility of an online degree were the accreditation of the institution awarding the degree and the quality of its graduates.

If you have wondered similar things regarding the Accelerate University Program, we encourage you to get your questions answered before making a final decision. The time and money wasted for the same recognition--a fully accredited bachelor's degree--are just too much of a risk simply because AU isn't the conventional approach to higher education.

For more information, view our Informational Webinar today!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Do Any of These Questions Sound Familiar?

This week's article is based on a wise tip shared by Dave Ramsey (see below left) and an invitation to give us a chance to answer your questions before dismissing the notion of Accelerate University--investing many years and tens of thousands of dollars toward a traditional, brick-and-mortar college degree. So we've pulled together several questions we routinely hear from people who first hear about the AU Program. It is our hope that the questions below are some of the very questions you yourself have wondered.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

9 Months Out of High School and Halfway through Her College Degree!

She graduated from high school just 9 months ago. She would say she is a normal 19 year old--a decent student, who loves her friends and family, and goes to the beach or the mountains of California whenever she gets the chance! So what's so special about this girl? Well, while her peers are wrapping up their Freshman year away at school, Randi has completed her Freshman, Sophomore AND half of her Junior year in college!

Those who know Randi have probably seen our little rocket-bearing turtle zipping all over Facebook almost weekly to congratulate her on knocking out college credit after college credit. She has been a great example of what the Accelerate University program can really do for college students who are willing to work hard to complete their fully accredited bachelor's degree in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost. So, we want to give you an opportunity to hear from a student inside our program who is proving this seemingly to-good-to-be-true idea really is an achievable goal.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Want Your Kids to Succeed? Don't Pay for Their Education

This is the title of a Forbes article written to parents earlier this year. A national study, cited by a Sociology professor at the University of California, has found that the more financial responsibility parents take off their kids' shoulders for their college degree, the less their kids tend to study and the more they tend to take it easy. While this concept may be counter-cultural to the advice most loving parents work hard to follow, Forbes is simply uncovering what we at Excellence In Learning have known for quite some time and have intentionally built into our Accelerate University program.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Two-thirds of U.S. Adults Deem a College Degree Very Important

...and at Excellence In Learning, we agree completely! However, we don't think it's necessary to over-pay or waste time to do it. What they can do for $75K+ and 5+ years, we can show you how to do for less than $15K and 2 years!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Is College A Rip Off?

ABC 20/20 investigation with John Stossel takes a look at whether or not college is worth the time and money, or if it's really nothing more than another elaborate scam to get people into debt while creating the false hope of a better job and life.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Apparently..."It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk"...Really?

The traditional path to a happy, successful, adult life:

You work hard to provide the funds for your student's college degree. You pay. They borrow money and finally graduate. The New York Times ran a story on this natural phenomenon. In fact, it told the story of one young woman in such a way that reflected such a disconnect that anyone who really thinks through the cost-benefit ratio can only marvel.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Tragedy of Student Loans (Infographic)

It's that time of year. High school seniors have been applying for scholarships and loans to take that next step that is practically assumed should be taken. The expectation that a student who wants to have any kind of future will transition to college from high school is as ordinary as the assumption he would transition to high school upon completion of junior high. Unfortunately, this assumption has become so commonplace in our culture that parents and students alike are regularly failing to count the cost ahead of time.