Monday, July 11, 2011

End the 6 Year Plan!

Great article in the New York Times for MyEdu! The goal of founder Michael Crosno is to help students stay on track in college.  Having two college age students, I whole-heartedly agree.  College advising is horrible and this means students have to take charge of their college career. 

MyEdu is designed to help. tMyEdu now includes 775 colleges and universities, up from about 60 when Mr. Crosno joined. In the first five months of this year, he said, the site logged about 2.5 million users.
MyEdu also lets students compare textbook costs. Part of the money from sales made through the site comes back to the company, one revenue stream alongside contextual advertising and sponsored content. Mr. Crosno said early efforts to charge for MyEdu services fell flat.

It is a free site with professor rating, degree management and text book cost comparison. It also has a way to balance your courseload, calculate your GPA and track your credits.
 
If you are one of the many students without unlimited funds, you need tools to help you succeed - this on is free and can help!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

College Access

Hilary Pennington from the Gates Foundation spoke at the Education Commission of the States (ECS) conference this morning on the need or change in education.  One program that she pointed out is Western Governor's University as an alternative delivery model to improve college completion. 

The two biggest barriers to completion are cost and time.  Western Governor's costs $6,000 a semester and is competency based.  Many people graduate in 36 months!!  That brings college back into reach for so many more people.  They have also partnered with Straighterline which provides gen ed courses at a lower cost and shorter time requirements.

Very cool to see two great innovations being talked about at such a high level.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

College Affordability

In order to help students navigate rising college costs, the U.S. Department of Education has posted a College Affordability and Transparency Center. As far as websites go - it isn't that intuitive but if you plug away at it you can find the data you need to make an informed decision on the right college for you.

Looking at the charts - if you live in California;  move, immediately.  Head to Texas or New York

It can definitely help you find an affordable college so you then can focus on the programs that might be right for you.