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Five Free Online Courses (MOOCs) to Help Your Career

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have become all the buzz among higher-education experts. The idea is that anyone, anywhere can sign up to take a course from the nation’s top institutions like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Stanford. This is undoubtedly an exciting idea. With tuition costs rising and student loan debt topping $1 trillion, the future of our higher education system will rely on innovations like MOOCs.

But what do MOOCs really do? What impact are these courses having on the higher education system or the job force? The MOOCs overseen by the likes of Harvard and MIT, called edX, just announced in September that it would let students take a final exam in order to “help its learners improve their employability and career prospects.” However, would putting one of these certifications on your resume really help you snag an interview?

October 23, 2012

The Value of an Online Education

Our nation has seen a huge increase in students enrolling in non-traditional colleges. From 1998 to 2008, enrollment in for-profit institutions more than tripled. In 2008, there were 2.4 million students enrolled in these types of colleges. Students at for-profit institutions make up 13 percent of all of the college students in the United States. The for-profit education industry boomed and has come under a lot of scrutiny.

In fact, due to criticism of high debt loads and poor job prospects for graduates of these institutions, enrollment has dropped drastically. At University of Phoenix, one of the largest for-profit higher education companies, enrollment dropped a drastic 30 percent from 2010 to 2011. Despite limited alternatives such as overcrowded community colleges, potential students have become wary of the value of for-profit education.

September 25, 2012

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