7 Common Mistakes That Can Seriously Hurt Your GPA

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014

Your GPA (grade point average) is more than just a number; it’s one of the few ways you’re able to assess your progress and learning throughout your college career. But getting the GPA you want, or the GPA you are truly capable of, can be hard. Even though you are the one in control of your education and future, it may not always feel that way. 

Poor grades are often the result of poor habits, not poor intellect. The wrong decisions can hurt your GPA. You already know how to work

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Tags: Online Tools and Resources , Study Tips , Taking Courses , Time Management , Work-Life Balance

What’s a Capstone Project? And Why Do I Have to Take It?

Posted Thursday, May 22, 2014

Donald S. Cucuzzella, MA Assistant Director
School of Applied Science and Technology
Donald S. Cucuzzella, MA Assistant Director School of Applied Science and Technology

By Donald S. Cucuzzella, MA
 Assistant Director
School of Applied Science and Technology

Over the years, I’ve frequently heard students grumble about taking a capstone course or project, that one last step before graduation as outlined by their degree requirements.

“Why do I have to take it?”
“Do I really have to take this?”
“What is the point of all this!”

This final course may seem daunting or frustrating, but once it’s completed

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Tags: Majors and Degree Programs , Science and Technology , Taking Courses

What is in a PLA Portfolio?

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Documenting everything you know on a subject or topic seems… an overwhelming task, right?


The truth is, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is one of the most rewarding ways to earn credits because it acknowledges and validates the knowledge you have already gained in your lifetime. This is knowledge you already have – whether through work, the military, hobbies, or some kind of training – so there is no textbook or studying required!

You can earn credit for your

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Tags: Advising , Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio , Taking Courses

10 Quick Tips for Easily Solving Your Biggest Technical Issues

Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014

By Kay Howard
Student Affairs Specialist
, Learner Support Center

The online learning environment can be a demanding one. Even with the latest advances in technology, we all run into glitches but still want them solved… yesterday. Save yourself a couple of HelpDesk tickets and frantic phone calls with these 10 foolproof resolutions to your technical issues:

Technical Issue #1: I can’t submit/upload my course assignments or drag and drop, and the page keeps getting stuck.

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Tags: Advising , Online Tools and Resources , Student Services , Taking Courses

Latest Gallup Poll Reveals What Employers Look for When Hiring Employees

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Image courtesy of Gallup, Inc.
Image courtesy of Gallup, Inc.

Qualifications. Employers favor them. Candidates want to develop them. But what does this factor even mean? And how can candidates and employers share the same definition of qualifications?

For the past three years, Gallup, Inc. and the Lumina Foundation have released an annual survey (What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign) gauging the American public’s perception of higher education, including workforce readiness. This year, in addition to this poll, a second survey was

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Tags: Business and Management , Career , Going Back to College , Majors and Degree Programs , Motivation , Taking Courses

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Kids About Going Back to School

Posted Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Your dinner table is covered in textbooks and papers… pencils are hiding under folders… and you can just make out a calculator or two buried under some barely legible scribbled notes. But none of it belongs to your children.

Homework time isn’t just for kids anymore.

Where you once quizzed your son in preparation for his spelling test, he’s now quizzing you for your World Geography final exam. Just as you used to listen to your daughter read aloud in the other room

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Tags: Going Back to College , Motivation , Taking Courses , Time Management , Work-Life Balance