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  Hillary Clinton Embraces Sanders' Tuition Reimbersement Plan
Posted by: The Bison - 09-13-2016, 02:46 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - No Replies


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Sad ITT Closes its door
Posted by: The Bison - 09-07-2016, 02:08 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (4)



Financial concerns are cited for the reason why. I feel a great deal of sadness to hear that this school which provided education to thousands is now out of business for good.

Particularly I am concerned about the students who are being left high and dry.

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  The Stanford Experiment
Posted by: The Bison - 09-02-2016, 02:58 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

I do not know what to make of this but I saw a movie on this experiment. A bunch of students were recruited... some became guards and some became inmates. What was learned from this? For one thing, when you give people uniforms and authority over others they tend to act like assholes...

The Sandford Experiment

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  Rise of Online Degrees at Top Universities
Posted by: Herbert Spencer - 08-20-2016, 06:19 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

The future is now!  No need to settle for clown colleges like Northcentral or Walden when you can go online at big name universities.

Quote:The Rise of the Online Degree at America's Top Universities
By Priceonomics Data Studio

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This post is adapted from the Center for Online Education, a Priceonomics Data Studio customer. Does your company have interesting data? Become a Priceonomics customer.


Like meeting your spouse on the Internet, earning a degree online went from unthinkable to mainstream in a few short decades. 

Despite their well-documented scandals, we have for-profit universities to thank for popularizing online learning. They pioneered online degree options, and while enrollment in online degree programs at for-profit universities has dipped, overall online enrollments are up thanks to their growth at public and nonprofit universities. 

We wanted to understand the emergence of online options at universities with long histories of on-campus instruction. So, using data from Priceonomics customer, the Center for Online Education, and the U.S. government's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we looked at recent changes in the availability of online degrees at nonprofit 4-year colleges and universities. 

We found that the number of four-year schools with online degree programs rose significantly. Among top-ranked schools, nearly 75% offer online degrees, and about half are increasing their online degree offerings. The fastest adopters of online learning include both public and private colleges and universities, including some academic heavyweights like Harvard and Johns Hopkins. 

Online degrees are most commonly offered in fields like business and health, which have long been popular among distance learners. But they are increasingly common for other fields like education and engineering.

The craze over Massive Open Online Courses, which led some enthusiasts to prophesize the decline of traditional universities, has died down. But our analysis suggests that traditional universities are steadily embracing online courses.


We began our analysis by examining how many schools offer at least one online degree program. We only looked at nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. that primarily award bachelor's degrees -- a set of 1,844 institutions in total. We focused on the time period between 2012, when the government began to collect comprehensive data on online education, and 2014, the most recent year for which a complete dataset is available.

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Quote:Data source: Center for Online Education

Of these 1,844 schools, 46% had at least one online degree program in 2012. That figure jumped to nearly 60% in 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, online course enrollment increased nearly 4%, which suggests that schools are adding programs to meet student demand for distance learning options.

We also wanted know which schools offer the most online degrees, and which are adding degrees the fastest. We were specifically interested in top schools with long histories of high-quality, on-campus instruction. Are they embracing online learning, or sticking with tradition?

We gathered data on the number of distance education programs at the top 100 universities as determined by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked the schools by the number of online courses they offered in 2014.

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Quote:Data source: Center for Online Education

This ranking show that distance learners don't have to compromise quality: of the 100 top schools, nearly 75% offered at least one online degree program in 2014. Together, they offer 1037 online courses.

Just over half of the 20 schools with the most online degree programs are public universities -- online education is well-suited to help state schools carry out their mission of increasing access to education. 

But online education isn't only for public institutions, as 9 of the top 20 schools on this list are private universities. Three of them -- Harvard, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins -- rank among U.S. News & World Report's top 20 universities, indicating that learners can now earn online degrees from among the most prestigious schools in the world.

We were also interested in identifying which schools are growing their online degree programs. To do this, we ranked the same set of 100 top schools according to how online degree availability changed between 2012 and 2014.

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Quote:Data source: Center for Online Education

Our analysis shows that just under half of the top 100 universities are growing their online degree offerings. The program at North Carolina State University at Raleigh grew fastest, adding 34 distinct courses of study in just two years. At the other end of the spectrum, 14 schools offered fewer online courses of study in 2014 than they had in 2012. While this may indicate a shifting of priorities away from online education, it doesn't mean these schools aren't involved: Northeastern University, which has cut the most programs according to the IPEDS dataset, still offered 60+ online degrees as of 2016.

Online education is growing even faster at large universities. We were able to obtain data for 93 of the 100 largest schools by undergraduate enrollment, and we found that 83 of the 93 had at least one online degree program, and that the majority grew their online course offerings. This is not surprising, given that many of the largest schools are large precisely because they've committed to online education.
Liberty University, for example, has more than 110,000 students across all its degree programs, 95,000 of whom are online learners.

At the top 100 liberal arts colleges, however, only four -- St. John's University, the University of Richmond, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Willamette University -- offered any online courses of study in 2014. This is likely owing to the liberal arts emphasis on providing intimate learning experiences.


Online education is increasingly common, but is it limited to specific courses of study like business administration?

To find out, we pooled the U.S. News & World Report top 100 universities and top 100 liberal arts colleges, as well as the largest 100 universities, generating a list of 263 schools. (There is some overlap between the rankings.) We then tallied the number of courses of study they offered in each of 38 subject categories used by IPEDS. 

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Quote:Data source: Center for Online Education

Business has long been the most popular major subject for online learners, but our data show that, among major universities, education trumps business with respect to program availability. Of the 263 schools we considered, 75, or just over a quarter, offered online courses of study in education in 2014. This is a category that includes training programs required for teacher certification, as well as education administration programs. 

The second and third positions go to health professions, which include nursing and healthcare administration, and business. Both are distance learning staples. Engineering and computer and information sciences round out the top 5. The availability of online courses of study in these fields is good news for distance learners: these specializations dominate the list of best-paying college majors.

We also wanted predict which fields may account for a larger share of the online degree market in the future, so we examined trends in program growth between 2012 and 2014. We again focused on our sample of 263 large and/or highly ranked schools.

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Quote:Data source: Center for Online Education

Online degree offerings increased in 32 out of 38 categories, which suggests that the range of specialization options for online learners is expanding. There was a net decrease in online degree availability in only two fields: philosophy and religious studies, and mechanic and repair technologies.

The top five fields for growth are identical to the top five for program availability: education stands at the top of the list, followed by health professions, business, engineering, and computer and information sciences. This suggests that the breakdown of online degree programs by discipline is unlikely to change substantially in the foreseeable future. 

That said, fields that have long been inaccessible to distance learners saw modest growth. Specializations like visual and performing arts are increasingly available to online students thanks to technological advances that permit a high degree of interaction. As such advances accumulate, these programs may come to account for a larger proportion of online degree programs.


So, in an age when more than a quarter of higher education students take at least one online course, are established universities adapting?

Our analysis suggests that many large and prestigious universities are embracing online degrees. Well over half of all nonprofit, four-year colleges and universities offer at least one online course of study. While liberal arts schools remain an exception, elite schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins are expanding their online degree offerings. 

The range of disciplines online students can study is broadening too. Colleges offer online degrees in fields that have long been served by distance study, like business and health professions, but also in specialities like biological sciences and visual and performing arts -- subjects that once seemed impossible to learn from a distance.

Daphne Koller, CEO of the online education platform Coursera, routinely makes headlines when she suggests that online degrees will become commonplace. But our analysis shows that future may already be here. The headlines -- and our conception of what higher education looks like -- just needs to catch up.

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  Beware of Invention Scams
Posted by: The Bison - 08-15-2016, 02:43 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - No Replies


Get answers to these questions in writing from any
promotion, marketing or licensing company wanting to
help you. Helpful hints are given in the brackets.
Total number of inventions evaluated for commercial
potential in the past five years by the Company
. H
of those evaluations were positive
accepted by
the Company
ow many were negative
by the Company.
Total number of customers, known by the Company,
who have received a net financial profit as a direct result
of the Company’s promotion services
. W
hat is the
success rate over the past five years [that is,
the number of
who made more money from
their invention than they paid].
Names and addresses of all previous invention
promotion companies with which the Company or its
officers have collectively or individually been affiliated in
the previous 10 years and what other names has the
Company used in this or other states.
Total number of customers, known by the Company,
have received license agreements for their inventions
as a
direct result of the Company’s services. [lf the
success rate
is low, say less than 5%, then think
about going elsewhere].
How many customers
have contracted with the Company
promotional services in the past 5 years; excluding
who have purchased trade show services research,
advertising or other non-marketing service: and
excluding those who have defaulted on payment to the
Is there an up-front fee and, if so, how much is it and
what are you getting for it? How much will the complete
process cost from submission of my invention to
obtaining a patent and a licensing agreement?
[Reputable firms have relatively small, upfront or
fees because they make their real money from
royalty arrangements for the inventions they
Has the Company ever been investigated by or been in
trouble with the Federal Trade Commission, Better
Business Bureau, any
consumer protection agency or
Attorney General's Office and if
so, when and where?
Who selects and pays for the patent attorney or agent
to do the patent search, patentability opinion and patent
application preparation? [You should be able to select
your own, because the attorney or agent represents you,
not the Company].
Provide you with the names, addresses and phone
numbers of five clients of the Company in
geographical area and copies of all contracts and forms
to review [Do this before signing or paying any money].
Does the Company provide a written opinion of the
"marketability" (that is, potential success) of your

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  When Will Hillary Snuff It?
Posted by: Armando Ramos - 08-12-2016, 06:04 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (18)

When will Hillary snuff it?

Before the election?
After the election but before inauguration day?
After inauguration day?

Note that inauguration day isn't necessarily HER inauguration, just that of whoever wins.

Quote:New anonymous Leaked Medical records of Hillary may confirm early stage dementia

August 9, 2016 Connor Balough

It appears that the internet hacking group “Anonymous” has just got a hold of Hillary’s medical records, since she won’t release them, and they are brutal.

If these are real, they may disqualify Hillary from holding the Oval Office:


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Lisa R Bardack, M.D. appears to be a real Doctor (internist) at Mount Kisco, nearby Clinton’s residence in Mid Westchester County, NY.

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  National Review: Trump University was a sham
Posted by: The Bison - 08-12-2016, 10:58 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (6)

The National Review is hardly anyone's idea of a liberal publication. So if they are taking a shot at the Republican nominee for President and the institution which bares his name it pekes my interest. Read on....

This article goes back to February but I think its still noteworthy.


In all fairness I believe what happened was that Donald is that he was approached by investors looking to start a school which featured lecture by supposed experts. Donald then sold his name to the school and let the school run itself.

Students were admitted to ten lectures on real estate investment by nobodys. No one who paid reports seeing Trump.

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  Rich Douglas BANNED from DI
Posted by: DL-PMP-MBA-JD-PhD-SOB - 07-22-2016, 09:09 AM - Forum: Nominees, second-stringers, others - Replies (4)

That's right, the know-it-all blowhard bastard is FINALLY canned. Don't know if anyone here noticed, but I thought I'd post it just in case.

Funny thing is, he has no life because if you check his profile you can see he's still lurking around even today less than an hour ago before this post.

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  JohnBear I have a question for you
Posted by: The Bison - 07-20-2016, 03:37 AM - Forum: John Bear - No Replies

I presume you are not a poser or a phony. Anyone can pretend to be anyone online. I can say that I am President Obama but it would not make it true.

If you are really John then I applaud your courage in coming into hostile territory to give your side of the story.

Anyway, I wanted to discuss Warren National University, also called Kennedy-Western.

I am a graduate there and I believe there is a great deal of misinformation regarding the school.

The primary source was from a 2003 GAO investigation where no students, faculty nor administrators were allowed to give testimony! The star witness was an officer in the Coast Guard who claimed to have earned 40% of her credit in 16 hours. This is, in reality misleading since it is possible she was given credit coming into the university. Also since she, by her own admission took only one class.

I believe that if this is true, she may have cheated. I certainly think she cherry picked the course looking for a very easy class.

What I do know is that I communicated with many other graduates and found that this is not normal at all. Many students took up to a year or two years to complete 60 hours. Note that the University did require a minimum of 60 credit hours to enter any program.

I also heard many ridiculous claims and statements from disgruntled former employees who said that "any one who can write a check can get admitted." And any junior college could say the same. The same goes for many four year schools. I do not think that the University of Pheonix, for example has very strict admission standards either.

I do know that the now defunct Cheyenne Herold (the work of really just one man) published a long string of articles on Kennedy Western/Warren National and the editor/publisher virtually declared war on the school and its students.

I am not going to say that criticisms are without merit. In fact, now that the school is out of business, many students cannot get transcripts or copies of diplomas. This is a serious problem affecting many students.

But I would say a lot of this is due to the destruction of the school well intentioned individuals. The real losers in this battle were the students and graduates.

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  Bob Jones University is unacredited?
Posted by: The Bison - 07-20-2016, 03:12 AM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - No Replies


I was reading about how the founder opposed accreditation even though this school was legitimate from the beginning. Reading up they seem to have bowed to pressure and applied for accreditation. What is interesting though, is that this school did not become accredited until the early 21st century.

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