Your one-stop shop for valuable information from how to make the best of your time to landing that awesome paying job! Every infographic and article on this list is chocked full of pertinent information that you need to succeed in this very important step in your life…. getting that college degree!
BEST ONLINE SCHOOLS FOR…
Employers typically consider holders of at least a bachelor degree, particularly when filling job positions in the engineering, architecture, aerospace, and other fields. Undergraduate degree holders have the academic edge over their peers who are non-degree earners, and the former is viewed as a better fit for the jobs because of the training and knowledge that they obtain from accredited colleges or universities.
After decades of being a part of the workforce, earning a living, and gathering tons of experiences, older people who have contemplated retirement or are enjoying their retirement might be interested in continuing their education or learn a new skill. For lifelong learners, the thirst for knowledge never ceases even when they reach a certain age.
Online colleges and universities offering online graduate programs have unique admission processes, but they all share a standard procedure in common: applicants must meet specific requirements such as letters of recommendation, sample writing, as well as minimum GPA and Graduate Record Examination scores. The GRE is a standardized examination that serves as an assessment of an applicant’s readiness for graduate-level studies.
The cost of attending has long been a subject of debate. More often than not, students end up with massive loan debts that take years of their professional careers to pay. If you are pursuing your academic goals as a significant step toward reaching the career of your dreams, it is essential to pay close attention to the many ways to alleviate your student debt and repayment problems.
Distance learning certainly has its perks. But just the same, online students need to find all the help they can get to meet course requirements and complete school tasks. For a new student, in particular, navigating the waters of online learning can be tricky. The tedious and tough tasks of research and writing await them. Some new students may also try to weigh in on scholarship opportunities or other online school options. Others simply need actionable how-to tips to survive to be an online college student.
The rise of online education has prompted numerous colleges and universities to offer distance learning alternative for students who wish to earn their degree. As it is a great option that has worked for many, more and more students are enrolling in online learning. Most Ph.D. students, in particular, benefit greatly from studying online and being employed at the same time.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Doing It Their Way: Gen-Z and Entrepreneurship
Raised during the Great Recession and the Student Loan Crisis, Gen Zers are looking for lucrative career paths that don’t come with a mountain of debt
Gen Z Plans for the Future
Born after 1996, Gen Z includes 61 million Americans 一 and the oldest members are entering college and the workforce
College: Gen Zers Won’t Be Sunk by Debt
In 2017, 44 million Americans had student loan debt, totaling $1.4 trillion
College tuition rates have been increasing, beyond inflation, for decades
[INFOGRAPHIC] Life After AI: Will The Future Be Free?
Computers are getting smart enough to take over more and more complex jobs―soon there won’t be any human work left
Will Robots Take Our Jobs?
By 2025, the number of robots in the U.S. could quadruple
On average, 1 robot does the work of 5.6 people
Robots per Thousand Workers:
[INFOGRAPHIC] Skipping School: Gen Z Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Way
Generation Z has grown up watching successful young entrepreneurs drop out of school―but do those few successes set an unrealistic precedent?
61% of high school students and 43% of college students would rather be entrepreneurs than employees after college
Of students grades 5-12:
40% plan to start their own business
29% want to invent something that changes the world
24% are already learning how to start and run a business
9% already own a business
Draws of Entrepreneurship
[INFOGRAPHIC] Procrastination: Why Wait?
Do you find yourself putting off the inevitable? Have you ever finished a project just seconds before its due date? Is your mantra, “There’s always tomorrow?” Then you might be a procrastinator. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let’s take a look at the effects procrastination can have on our lives, as well as some tips for online learners.
Four types of procrastinators
The Thrill Seekers: Enjoy the rush of just barely finishing a task on time
The Avoiders: End up waiting because of fear of disapproval or failure
The Undecided: Have trouble making decisions and sticking with them
The Impulsive: Have low self-discipline and are easily distracted
[INFOGRAPHIC] Adulting 101: How to Think Outside of the Classroom
Business & nonprofit leaders report they’re looking for dynamic employees with way more to offer than just book-smarts:
- 93% say creative thinking, communication skills, & problem-solving are more important than a job candidate’s undergraduate major
- 95% prioritize hiring people who will contribute to an innovative workplace
- 95% believe it is important to demonstrate ethical integrity, intercultural skills, & a desire to continue learning
[INFOGRAPHIC] The Diploma Dilemma
DID YOU KNOW?
• 30% of college and university students drop out after their first year
• About 50% never graduate
• Today’s U.S. college dropouts are more likely to be men
• 57% of all graduates are women
• The success rate of students taking traditional brick and mortar classes versus online classes are similar in colleges nationwide
• If four-year college attendees who dropped out had begun their postsecondary careers at a two-year college, they’d have had a significantly higher completion success rate
[INFOGRAPHIC] Micro Credentials
Nowadays, most employers expect their workers to continually seek out learning opportunities. Micro-credentials offer students and working professionals alike a way to bulk up their resumes with field-specific skills.
Micro-credentials are like certifications. Students or professionals take courses and develop specific skills in certain fields. This could include topics like: (1)
Teaching writing in K-12 classrooms
Leading effective business meetings
Customer service e-mail etiquette
Applying leadership skills in the workplace
[INFOGRAPHIC] The State and Challenges of Online Education
Online education is massive.
Number of students/ type:
3 million/ Online-only students in the US
6.7 million/ Yearly online course students
10 million/ Total MOOC participants
With most schools now participating
86% of traditional residential colleges offer courses online
1/3 offer entire degrees online.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Women’s Studies: Why Female Education Matters
With more women than men enrolled in U.S. colleges, Americans might assume the education of girls and women isn’t an issue. But that’s not the case around the world, as more than half the young children out of school around the world are girls. Where are females denied education, why and what are the effects?
American girls tend to be overrepresented in education, including up to the collegiate level, where the public university male-to-female gender ratio is 43.6%–56.4%. (1)
For much of the world, particularly developing countries, the picture is much different.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Online Learning and Big Data
In 2008, the national research organization Computing Community Consortium predicted that Big Data “will transform the activities of companies, scientific researchers, medical practitioners and our nation’s defense and intelligence operations.” (1) The eight years since have proved CCC right, with Big Data now being leveraged by UPS to optimize delivery routes, by the National Institutes of Health to sequence cancer genomes and by the Department of Defense to detect cyber espionage. (2) (3) Big Data would see even greater application today were it not restrained by a shortage of qualified data scientists. Thankfully online learning is stepping up to train data scientists and thereby spread the benefits of Big Data.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Ever-Changing Minds and Majors
Picking a particular major could change a student’s career choices or earning potential. It’s not surprising that many undergraduates start their college career undeclared. But once the core classes are completed — finding the right major — or changing majors is a common theme for many learners.
An article by V.N. Gordon cites that up to 50 percent of college students enter college without a chosen major, with 75 percent of students who have selected a major change it at least once before walking across the stage to claim their degree.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Getting Connected: A Brief History of Online Education
Enrollment numbers for online universities continue to climb, and traditional colleges across the nation continue to add digital courses to their catalog. Let’s take a look at the past, present and future of online education in the U.S.
Here’s a quick look at the past and development of online education in the U.S. (1,2)
The University of Chicago becomes the first school to offer “correspondence” courses.
Pennsylvania State College broadcasts some of its courses over the radio.
The University of Houston offers the first televised college courses.
[INFOGRAPHIC] The Future of Online Schools: Technology Leading the Way
Remember the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard? Cringe…. Luckily for learners of all ages living in the twenty-first century, today’s ever-evolving technology continues to reinvent the way students learn from preschool to the doctorate level. The advancement of artificial intelligence-equipped tools has made it possible for nearly anyone, anywhere to connect to and utilize the global network of information. The future of online schooling is exploding!
We are now living in a fast-paced world in which our time is juggling between our families, our jobs, our lifestyles and, for many of us, our education. Attending school online for many is the ONLY option and, due to this, the future of online schools is growing exponentially. With so many institutions climbing on board, finding a school that fits your individual needs is not as tough as it once was.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Classroom or Living Room? The Growth of Online Education
People considering higher education have enough to worry about: costs, location, school prestige, degree choice. But in this Digital Age, there is now another thing to consider—will you learn online or in a traditional campus environment?
The Digital Learning Boom
Let’s take a look at a brief timeline of the introduction of the digital classroom from 1990 to today.
1990: First Class launches for Mac, which allows users to upload and share academic content.
1997: Blackboard launches, becoming the go-to for college students regarding course content and university information.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Best Workspace for Your Online Major
So you can take classes from anywhere. That doesn’t mean that just any old space will put you in the right frame of mind to get the best education possible. Take a tip from us and model your workspace after these examples.
Since you’re probably already thinking about a few startup ideas, you’re going to need to be ready to take this show on the road. A mobile-centric workspace is your best bet.
[INFOGRAPHIC] How Students Cheat Online
“Can they be stopped?”
To Cheat or not to cheat… an age-old question that has taken on new meaning with the inception of online college courses. The question we are facing today- are online courses really giving students the go ahead to cheat?
What is academic cheating?
- Plagiarism or passing off someone else’s work as your own
- Purchasing a term paper or test
- Paying someone to do work/take a test for you
[INFOGRAPHIC] Financial Aid and Online Education
In order to be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, you’ll need to satisfy a few basic criteria.
Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
Must demonstrate financial need
Be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen (Green Card Holder)
Have a valid Social Security Number
Be registered with the selective service (if male between 18 and 25)
[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Tell if Online Education is for You
Online education is expanding rapidly, both in scope and level of general acceptance. Many chief educational officers even believe that online education has superior outcomes to traditional coursework. But online education isn’t for everyone. Here are some questions to determine if it’s the right path for you.
Online Learning is Massively Popular
America has 21 Million Postsecondary students
1/3 take at least one online course
That’s 7.1 million students A YEAR
With 769,000 taking their entire program online.
(Or 1/8 of those taking at least one online class)