Archive for June, 2004

Average Earnings of Master Degree Holders

Jun 27th, 2004

Get Educated has a few very good resources I'd like to point out. First there is the section on financial aid and online graduate programs, complete with FAQs and easy to navigate.

This was interesting. I'd not been aware (these are 2000 stats) about the average earnings of Master's Degree holders. Man, I really need a raise here …

According to 2000 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau a person with a master's degree can expect to earn $55,300 per year. Those whose education stops at the bachelor's level can expect to earn $46,300 per year. Holding a master's degree may, on average, raise your income $225,000 over a 25-year career. Clearly, spending between $18,000 and $21,000 on a distance master's degree, in return for $225,000 more in lifetime income, makes a master's degree a good investment.They also have pages with good articles on accreditation and the usefulness of online degree programs.

Is online learning for you?

Jun 23rd, 2004

Over at Petersen's Lifelong Learning, you can take a two-minute test from Capella to find out if online Learning is something for you.

Go here.

Copyright Excesses Worry Teachers, Scholars

Jun 23rd, 2004

From eSchool News via Distance Educator

When digital video first streamed into schools, many predicted it would one day revolutionize teaching and learning. But the threat of lawsuits and new copy-protection technologies are keeping educators from exercising their legal right to use portions of video and other digital media in the classroom, warned scholars and legal experts at a June 18 summit.

University of Phoenix – reviews

Jun 21st, 2004

Continuing on with the reviews of some of the online universities, I found more information over at Student Reviews, this time with a much larger sample of students to choose from.

For this review we'll look at the University of Phoenix.

Out of 22 students surveyed at Student Reviews, education quality received a B- and university resource use a B+. Below are some comments from U of P students about their experiences there. Also, keep in mind that some of these students attended one of the real U of P sites, not exclusively online. I'm finding it's pretty difficult to find good reviews of online universities.

This from a student in Information Sciences …
While I would recommend UOP for Bachelor's, I will be pursuing a Master's degree elsewhere. I chose the online option, even though a UOP campus has recently opened here. I am in my 8th course, and have learned a lot, but usually not due in any way to the instructor's "real world experience." UOP touts all the credentials of its faculty, but what good are credentials when instructors merely facilitate the class, handing out assignments and deadlines? I have to ask myself where the value is in that. UOP can be EXPENSIVE, check out alternatives – many colleges are getting on the distance learning bandwagon. I do feel that my Bachelor's degree will be Accepted by employers as a "middle of the road" degree, but it is by no means a "diploma mill" degree…UOP is very hard work. I agree with other posters that the grading system is questionable. I am nearly a straight A student (one A minus), but that is because I killed myself to turn in quality work. I had a recent classmate whose grammar and spelling is downright atrocious and she is three classes from graduating!This from a student in Business Administration and Management …
UoP online has been great so far. I have completed over a year so far at UoP with one left. The course work is based on real world experience and is challenging. I have tried other online colleges and found them not to meet the challenge.And a diverging view from another MBA student …
I'm changing colleges, UOP is not a quality college and it's not organized at all. I thought that since they could pay for all of those commericals that they could at least have a nice online setup. You use Outlook express for everything. I would add that they are getting a bad rep.And here's another from the School of Information …
I attend the University of Phoenix ONLINE, so my experience may be different of those doing it the traditional way. Online is so much more demanding. Everything you learn has to actually be read, but your writing and typing skill definately improves. In addition to the required reading and writing assignments, and lets not forget group papers, you have to participate twice a day, five days a week. That's alot of work. If you're doing to campus deal you'll probably meet with the teacher once a week and attempt to meet with your group once a week as well. A friend of mine does it on campus, never reads the text books and always manages to pass with good grades.
In conclusion, if you do online it all falls on you. If you don't read the text and material, and if you don't write and participate, you'll fail.
And lastly, this from another online MBA student …
Some of the comments seen here reflect more on the person writing the comment rather than UOP. As an online institution (I have no experience with the physical campuses), the learning experience is as good as it possibly could be. One gets out of it what one puts into it. Even the team based projects, while trying of one's patience, have a core of learning and experience involved that is invaluable. One can be very bright but fail utterly in working with a team. Also, given the movement to a global economy, these virtual, onine teams are a very valuable exercise in how to work across timezones without in person contacts.

More students opting for online education

Jun 21st, 2004

From the Citizen Times

Asheville – Usually, about half the students in David Smith's Introduction to Logic course show up for class.

But it doesn't bother Smith, who admittedly prefers sitting beside his students when teaching. This, however, is a hybrid class, one of several offered at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College that lets students complete part of the course in a classroom and the rest online.

Smith also lets students take the class entirely online, which many do.

Capella University – School of Technology

Jun 20th, 2004

From Capella University's School of Technology, which offers a Bachelors and a Masters of Science in Technology. Here is what they say … below I have what some students or other websites say.

Our IT degree programs give you the advanced tech skills you need to stay competitive in today's IT market. Study the enterprise systems that leading corporations currently use. Learn in small classes. Gain hands-on insight in writing software, network management, developing Web applications, and the prevention of cyberterrorism. You can also earn credit towards your degree for certifications and job experience.There are various ratings sites out there, and I'm not really sure if these stats mean much, but thought it might be good to point them out anyway.

At Rate It All, Capella gets a 3.5 out of 5 for their undergraduate programs.

At Students Review, Capella gets A's in education quality and university resource use, and rather low marks in social life and extracurricular activities … surprise, surprise for being an online university. There are also useful stats at the site like the numbers of graduate students (3,337) and undergrads (422).

Here are a few comments from students in undergrad IT programs …

I have worked as a network administrator / security engineer for the last 15 years. I am on the IT Program with a Networking concentration at Capella. I am into my 6th course and it has not been easy. Every class has been a challenge. The best part is that I am learning practical information that I can apply on my job. Instructors are knowledgeable and sincerely caring.I think of the college as a private well established institution. It costs the same as our local 4 yr but the teachers and staff are far more accommodating to adult learners. IM 28, have a 6 yr old and work nearly full time. So this type of College not only fits my life but will help me secure a better paying job in my same field of work. I thank God everyday that I am able to attend. It's not only changed my life but that of our family's. It exciting to know if my husband was laid off next week, that I could bring home bacon or MORE!

Directory of online university programs

Jun 17th, 2004

The folks at GetEducated have a great listing of Accredited Online Universities. Some of those listed we've also listed here, but there are also a variety of traditional universities which have online programs which we've not been following.

For those looking for graduate programs, go here.

For undergraduate programs, go here.

Crisis in State higher education

Jun 17th, 2004

From the Mercury News

Higher education in California, particularly its community college system, is facing a funding and leadership crisis that could deprive hundreds of thousands of students of the opportunity for a public college education, dimming the state's hopes for future prosperity, according to a new report.

It describes the “perfect storm'' hitting the state as the largest number of high school graduates in California history reaches college age while the state grapples with deficits that have led to Cuts in funding for higher education — a scenario that is expected to repeat through the end of the decade.

The report also proposes possible solutions for ensuring that these students have access to college and graduate once they get there. These include working more closely with K-12 schools to prepare students for college, increasing funding for higher education, and serving students more efficiently, for example, through distance education.

Online tutors make distance education easier

Jun 17th, 2004

Via Distance Educator and eSchool News. Online tutors are available 24/7, making live interaction from afar feel much closer.

A commercial, web-based tutoring service is helping high schools and colleges make live instructors available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to tutor students in mathematics. At the moment, this round-the-clock tutoring service is available only for math help, but the company says on-demand assistance is available in additional subjects for nine hours each day.

Gallaudet University, a school for deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington, D.C., will begin offering the 24-hour, web-based tutoring service this fall. University representatives say tutoring at Gallaudet requires a diverse approach, because some of the school's students are born and reared with sign language, while others are new to their hearing loss and are better at reading than at using sign language.

A Profile of Participation in Distance Education

Jun 16th, 2004

This is a helpful document, though a few years old. The NCES has a study about particpation in Distance Education between 1999 and 2000 available.

Here's the (dis)claimer … the full report is in pdf on their page.

This report profiles undergraduate and graduate students' participation in distance education in 1999-2000. The report discusses student demographic characteristics associated with distance education participation as well as different types of distance education technology and students' satisfaction with their distance education courses compared to their regular courses. Results show that students with characteristics associated with greater family and work responsibilities tend to participate in distance education at higher rates than their counterparts with fewer family and work responsibilities.