In a 2012 poll of U.S. employers, respondents were asked which types of colleges they preferred to hire from. The results were unambiguous: Company executives and hiring managers considered online colleges inferior to every type of on-campus college. They even preferred for-profit colleges to online colleges, despite the shady track record of many for-profit schools. The curious thing about the survey is not the result, but the way the question was posed. Executives were asked to evaluate a variety of on-campus programs—“flagship public,” “private non-profit,” and so on. In contrast, only one choice was given for digital education: online. The unstated assumption is that online learning comes in just one flavor—plain vanilla—while on-campus offerings are far richer—caramel fudge swirl, mint chocolate chip, rum raisin, take your pick. Instead of teasing out insightful responses, the question encouraged respondents to fall back on bias. The … [Read more...] about What Do Employers Really Think About Online Degrees?
What universities offer online degrees
Not everyone has the time or money to get a traditional, college-level education. Years ago, this may have been a problem but that’s not the case anymore. Furthermore, these aren’t the online colleges of the past — the University of Phoenix isn’t your only option. Many of today’s top universities now offer online programs including Penn State, Boston University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Below are a few of the best options available, allowing you to spend less time browsing the blue-hued backdrop of Facebook and more time cracking down on your future career and everything it holds.Pennsylvania State University — Penn State World CampusPenn State’s offered distance learning courses for 125 years. It’s history dates back to 1892 with Penn State’s correspondence courses, though we’re not sure exactly how effective those could have been. What we do know is relevant courses came about in 1998 when Penn State … [Read more...] about You can earn most college degrees online, here’s how
Security Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San Gabriel, CA, who has dashed by major milestones as his age seems to lag behind. He graduated from community college at age 11. Four years later, he had a bachelor's in math from the University of California, Los Angeles.This year, he started online classes to get a master's in cybersecurity through the Boston area's Brandeis University. He decided to postpone that pursuit for a couple of terms, though, while he helps NASA develop surveillance technology for airplanes and drones.Between all that, he's racked up an exhausting list of extracurricular feats. He just published his second book, drawing on his experience being bullied and stories he's heard from others. He plans to have his airplane pilot's license by the year's end. At his family's home near Los Angeles, he has a trove of trophies from martial arts tournaments.Still, Cavalin insists that he's more ordinary than people think. He credits his parents for … [Read more...] about Two Degrees, Flies Planes, Author, Works at NASA. His Age? 17
Informatics NJIT professor receives Fulbright to study at University of SalernoAnthony D. Rosato, PhD, a professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at NJIT http://www.njit.edu/ has received a Fulbright Senior Research Award to study the dynamic behavior of systems composed of particles at the University of Salerno, in Fisciano, Italy. He'll start the four-month program next May. Rosato recently presented an invited seminar there entitled "Microstructure Evolution in Tapped Monodisperse Spheres via Discrete Element Modeling." This Fulbright scholarship will be one of only four awarded this year to scholars like him studying in Italy. Rosato, who will live near the university about an hour south of Naples, said what attracted him was the chance of collaboration with someone whose research is similar to his own. People don't realize it, but almost everything they touch or use is can be broken into a granular or particulate form. "The food we eat, … [Read more...] about NJIT professor receives Fulbright to study at University of Salerno
Web analytics usage has reached mainstream status, with 82 percent adoption among companies surveyed recently by Aberdeen Group. However, a vast range of maturity exists regarding analytics process, data analysis and corporate understanding of Web metrics. A fundamental impediment precluding many companies from building a successful analytics program is a lack of skilled employees required to manage, distribute and analyze Web analytics.There is a good reason for this widespread lack of qualified employees: Web analytics is hard. Nearly one-quarter of survey respondents reported that analytics data is difficult to interpret. Thirty-one percent reported difficulty converting analytics metrics to actionable information.Although these numbers are relatively small, Aberdeen believes that they reflect an underlying issue: Many companies don't realize the potential for positive impact that analytics can have on their business. In other words, they don't know enough to realize that they have … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Analytics University: The CliffsNotes
Life Sciences A newly published insight into the biology of many kinds of less-aggressive but still lethal brain tumors, or gliomas, opens up a wide array of possibilities for new therapies, according to scientists at Brown University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In paper published online Dec. 15 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, they describe how a genetic mutation leads to an abnormal metabolic process in the tumors that could be targeted by drug makers."What this tells you is that there are some forms of tumors with a fundamentally altered process," said Karl Kelsey, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and community health in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown and one of the paper's senior authors. "This is a really new way to look at potentially modifiable factors in brain tumors."Scientists have known for a couple of years that a mutation in a gene called IDH is associated with glioma. They've also observed that people … [Read more...] about Insight Offers New Angle of Attack for Brain Tumors
Data Analysis Not Quite an MIT Degree, but MITx may Still AppealThink you can hack it at MIT? If so, the world-renowned university is willing to give you a new kind of credential to prove it.Not a full-fledged diploma — that's still a possibility only for the 10,000 or so students admitted to its Cambridge, MA, campus. But MIT has announced that, for the first time, it will offer credentials — under the name "MITx" — to students who complete the online version of certain courses, starting with a pilot program this spring."This is not MIT light. This is not an easier version of MIT," said Provost L. Rafael Reif. "An MITx learner, anywhere they are, for them to earn a credential they have to demonstrate mastery of the subject just like an MIT student does."The announcement comes as elite universities like Stanford, Yale and Carnegie-Mellon are experimenting with how to use the Internet to extend their teaching to a global audience hungering for instruction on platforms … [Read more...] about Not Quite an MIT Degree, but MITx may Still Appeal
The ultra-cheap Linux computer on a circuit board has its roots in the classroom. But the bare-bones computer, dubbed "Raspberry Pi," has potential to teach industrial embedded programmers some new tricks.Raspberry Pi, a US$35 credit-card-sized computer sold without keyboard or monitor, runs several Linux distros and can hook up to a mouse, keyboard, HDTV and Ethernet. It went on worldwide sale last month and quickly sold out. It supports Python and Perl programming languages.But the tiny computer will not replace its fully endowed hardware alternatives. And several design decisions could well limit its performance."It's an advanced, innovative circuit board. It's similar to a Beagle board maybe. It's not unlike other Linux PCs. It's good at some things. It's a little slow at others," Eben Upton, director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, told LinuxInsider.The Raspberry Pi computer was supposed to be a computer for kids. But its initial audience clearly is comprised of computer geeks, … [Read more...] about What Does One Serve With Raspberry Pi?
If you thought that Amazon.com and CDNow were the undisputed kings of online music sales, think again. On Wednesday, BMG Entertainment and Universal Music Group announced the formation of an unprecedented e-commerce alliance to create online communities of music fans, promote artists, and sell CDs online. The joint venture, to be known as GetMusic, will consist of online music channels and an extremely well-crafted e-commerce site, getmusic.com.The alliance is "unprecedented" because the two companies reportedly hold a whopping 45 percent share of the U.S. music market, as well as a hefty chunk of worldwide music sales. In business, at least, size counts, and these two companies present a combined financial powerhouse that dwarfs both Amazon.com and CDnow in comparison.The entry of industry giants into the e-commerce arena has always been the greatest fear of Internet pioneers and startups, which successfully turned the cutting edge of technology into the leading edge of business. To a … [Read more...] about BMG and Universal Form Big Music/Big Dollar Powerhouse
Tesla is like Apple in that it represents a revolution in thinking. Although everyone seems to focus on the electric power plant, that is really a small part of the Tesla revolution, and I'm convinced that if Musk were to launch an almost-identical company but with gas engines, it would cut through the market like a hot knife through butter. In terms of volume, the electric part isn't as much a sales accelerant as it is an impediment.I'll share some thoughts on the Tesla revolution, focusing on what people who drive the cars often take for granted and those who don't own Teslas often don't realize. I'll close with my product of the week: the HP PageWide Pro MFP. Tesla has been holding a valuation that exceeds GM and Ford at times. Even so, old-time car company executives like Bob Lutz have expressed their conviction that the car company will fail. This reminds me a lot of Apple's early iPhone years, when very powerful executives constantly shared their views that the iPhone would be … [Read more...] about OPINION What People Don’t Get About Tesla