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How to Choose the Right Tuition Plan for You (Infographic)

July 26, 2013

How to Choose the Right Tuition Plan For You (Infographic) 

Tags: Thomas Edison State College , tips and advice , Undergraduate Programs

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I always use infographics if I have to represent something :)
jasmine 1:32PM 01/15/14
Info-graphics are great way to understood work plan or work flow. Thanks.
Jenna Smith 7:26AM 08/06/13
Great graphic and explanation of how to select the right tuition plan. Is it the same for online students?
Karen Falgore 5:12PM 07/30/13

Stark Notes: Now That You Have Applied, What’s Next?

June 18, 2013

Jennifer L. Stark, Assistant Director of Academic Records and Registration

Jennifer L. Stark, Assistant Director of Academic Records and Registration

By Jennifer L. Stark
Assistant Director of Academic Records and Registration

Once you have submitted your Application for Admission and arranged to have your official transcripts sent to the College or are newly enrolled, you may need some guidance on the next stages. Just getting started can be the toughest part, but the Thomas Edison State College staff are here every step of the way to offer the support and flexibility you need to complete your degree program.

Once you have applied or enrolled, here’s what to expect next:

  • After completing your College Application and submitting your transcripts, an academic evaluation is performed by the College to determine how many credits you need to complete your degree requirements. Many students think that the evaluation process begins from the time their transcripts arrive in the Office of the Registrar, though this is an important step, the evaluation process actually begins after our receipt of your College Application.
  • The College’s benchmark for completion of your Academic Evaluation is within 20 business days. Once your evaluation is completed, you will receive an e-mail from our office directing you to review this document through your Online Student Services (OSS) account.
  • While you are waiting for your Academic Evaluation, we recommend that you apply for employer tuition assistance, relevant scholarships and financial aid, if applicable. You can also arrange your Annual Enrollment Fee payment with the Office of the Bursar or use the time to familiarize yourself with the enrollment requirements of your degree program.
  • Once you receive your Academic Evaluation, review it thoroughly to see where your previous credits have been applied and what remaining credits you will need to take to complete your degree.
  • If you need guidance in selecting courses that will fulfill your remaining credits, contact the Office of Advisement. In order to keep your advisement consultations as productive as possible, it’s best to make this appointment after you have had a chance to review your Academic Evaluation.
  • To make an appointment with our advising staff, visit the College’s homepage at tesc.edu and click on “Current Students” and choose “Advisement” from the dropdown menu. You may also schedule an appointment through myEdison® once you have officially enrolled by clicking the “Help” icon at the top of the page, the “Submit a Ticket” link on the resulting page and choosing “Academic Advisement” from the departmental drop down menu. You and your academic advisor can then begin selecting courses that best suit your program plan.
  • You can view the College’s various course formats by visiting the College’s homepage at tesc.edu, clicking on “Academics” and “Taking Courses.” Keep in mind when reviewing the online course syllabus that some requirements may change once your course is officially underway.

Once you have selected your courses, you can register for them anytime via Online Student Services, by phone: (609) 633-9242 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EST or via fax: (609) 292-1657. The staff at Thomas Edison State College strives to put our students first. We focus our programs, procedures and academic mission on the needs of self-directed adults like you and we are here to provide as much assistance as you need to successfully attain your educational goals.

 

Tags: Academic Credit , Academic Program Review , admissions , application deadline , Applying , assessments , prior learning assessment , Registrar , Registration , Thomas Edison State College

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Many students think that the evaluation process begins from the time their transcripts arrive in the Office of the Registrar, though this is an important step, the evaluation process actually begins after our receipt of your College Application. and i think like this too , but i understand after reading this blog.
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Why MOOCs Are Good News for TESC Students

January 29, 2013

Susan Gilbert, dean of the School of Business and Technology at Thomas Edison State College

Susan Gilbert, dean of the School of Business and Technology at Thomas Edison State College

By Susan Gilbert
Dean, School of Business and Technology

 

Last month, The Chronicle of Higher Education contained a story about British universities offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). Just like at institutions such as MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth, UC-Berkeley and many others, the best and brightest faculty of the UK will be offering academic courses with open access in an online format. I think this is very good news for Thomas Edison State College students.

It is not necessarily good news for all students, as it could eventually make the most popular faculty less available for ordinary classroom courses that accommodate 60 students rather than 60,000. It could also dissuade some individuals from attending college and achieving their goals of earning a degree. But for Thomas Edison State College students, it is a good thing. In fact, it is with great conviction and confidence that I state that MOOCs will be a widely used resource for Thomas Edison State College students over the next few years.

Unlike most other regionally accredited institutions, Thomas Edison State College serves adults exclusively. Our students are not seeking the typical “coming of age” life experience of going to college because they have already come of age. Our students are highly discerning regarding their classes, mentors and how they spend their time. Their standards are high, the bar they set for themselves is high and they will not tolerate us (or anyone) wasting their time. This is where MOOCs come in. As dean of the School of Business and Technology, I view the growth of MOOCs with great excitement because of the potential opportunities they bring to our students.

Last month, it was widely reported that Coursera, perhaps the best known provider of MOOCs, had surpassed 2 million students with over 200 online courses offered through partnerships with 33 institutions. I found this growth incredible. Here is a source of learning and academic content taught by some of the world’s best and most sought out instructors. Courses include foundations of business as well as highly unusual electives. Since I am an economist, I did a search for microeconomics courses at well-known MOOC sites and three offered courses in Microeconomics this fall. Here are three that I found:

These courses range from basic to advanced, are 10 weeks in length and are (currently) free. If you take any one of these courses and are able to pass, you should be able to pass an approved credit-by-exam program in microeconomics, which would award you 3 credits in undergraduate economics. Those credits could be applied to a degree or used to satisfy the economics prerequisite of our MBA program. This model offers an excellent way to earn the credits you need in the most efficient and economical ways possible.

We are taking this concept further. The Thomas Edison State College Foundation has recently awarded a grant to fund the development of a competency-based program that leverages MOOCs and other open resources and the College’s expertise in assessing prior learning to create new pathways for degree completion. Under the direction of the College’s Center for the Assessment of Learning, we plan to develop assessments for open courses and resources that appropriately map to our degree programs, so our students who complete these open courses can earn credit toward their degrees.

However, not everyone can learn working so independently. It takes discipline and motivation to keep up and proceed through the modules. These characteristics are exactly the factors that differentiate successful Thomas Edison State College students.

And this is why I think that MOOCs are great news for our students.

 

Tags: credit-by-exam , massive online open course , MBA , MOOC , Susan Gilbert , Thomas Edison State College

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Great to see Saylor.org mentioned here! I'd like to point to the TESC press release of 2/20, announcing the course/exam collaboration between two outstanding, innovative institutions (namely, TESC and Saylor) -- here the link on this site: http://www.tesc.edu/news/College-Saylor-Foundation-Collaborate-on-Creating-Flexible-Pathways-to-Earn-College-Credit.cfm
Sean Connor 4:06PM 02/21/13
i really like this site, thanks.
andy 11:39PM 02/04/13

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