Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter

Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 23 Nov 2020 09:21 AM PST Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff have worried over their students' wellbeing, not always knowing how to help or where to suggest students go when the strain seems to affect their academic success. "UNLV students are presenting to Student Counseling and Psychological Services for mental health services with increased symptoms of anxiety and depression," said Shauna Landis, director of student counseling and psychological services.  Although statistics for UNLV students were not immediately available, Landis said student visits to CAPS seems to track with national data. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 40 percent of American adults surveyed in June 2020 reported experien

Value Colleges Releases Rankings of Digital Marketing Degree Programs - PRNewswire

Value Colleges Releases Rankings of Digital Marketing Degree Programs - PRNewswire

Value Colleges Releases Rankings of Digital Marketing Degree Programs - PRNewswire

Posted: 09 Nov 2020 05:33 AM PST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Value Colleges (www.valuecolleges.com), an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education, is pleased to share three new rankings:

25 Best Value Online Digital Marketing Master's for 2021

Top 25 Best Value Online Digital Marketing Bachelor's for 2021

Top 25 Best Value Online Digital Marketing Certificates for 2021

For all rankings, Value Colleges focused specifically on fully accredited colleges and universities with an established reputation for quality.

The top 3 online Digital Marketing Master's programs are: 1) University of Florida, 2) Johns Hopkins University, and 3) Santa Clara University. The top 3 online Digital Marketing Bachelor's programs are: 1) Arizona State University; 2) Oregon State University; 3) Indiana Wesleyan University. The top 3 online Digital Marketing Certificate programs are: 1) Duke University; 2) Harvard University; 3) University of Virginia.

Value Colleges congratulates the top 3 in each category, as well as all of the top digital marketing degree schools!

The full lists, in alphabetical order, can be found below.

Digital marketing has become central to marketing in every industry, from retail to education to even government. As the editors state, "The tech industry has played a major role in democratizing the job market – rather than valuing degrees, many tech employers only care whether you can do the job or not," but a certificate or degree in digital marketing can be a valuable way to break into a growing field.  A certificate is a quick start, but getting ahead may take a bachelor's or master's. Managerial positions, and even high-level executive careers, can be had in digital marketing today. According to the editors, "Even in a mid-management position, the earning potential with a certificate, Associate's or Bachelor's degree in digital marketing is exceptionally high." Even better, "The convenience and flexibility of online learning allow you to pursue your education as well as fulfill your financial obligations."

Value Colleges has a mission to help future students - whether they are working professionals, new graduates, minority and first-generation students, or others - to find residential and online degree programs that will help them make their goals a reality. Value Colleges is independent and unbiased, ranking degree programs, providing guides for the complex financial and professional questions of college students, and offering honest facts about the potential and pitfalls of a college education.

Top 25 Best Digital Marketing Master's Programs for 2021

Benedictine University

Brandeis university

Concordia University of Chicago

East Tennessee State University

Emerson College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fort Hays State University

Johns Hopkins University

Liberty University

Messiah College

Montclair State University

National University

New England College

Northern Illinois University

Ohio Christian University

Rutgers University

Saint Leo University

Santa Clara University

Southern New Hampshire University

Temple University

University of Alabama

University of Denver - University College

University of Florida

Walden University

Yeshiva University

Top 25 Online Digital Marketing Bachelor's for 2021

Arizona State University

Bellevue College

Cambridge College

Colorado Technical University

Franklin University

Full Sail University

Granite State College

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Independence University

Indiana Wesleyan University

Johnson & Wales University

Liberty University

Lindenwood University

New England College of Business

Old Dominion University

Oregon State University

Park University

Point University

Regent University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Southeastern University

Southern New Hampshire University

University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Wisconsin Stout

Western Governor's University

Top 25 Online Digital Marketing Certificates for 2021

Brandman University

Case Western Reserve University

Community College of Philadelphia

Cornell University

Drexel University

Duke University

Harvard University

Oregon State University

Southern Methodist University

UMass Lowell

UNC Chapel Hill

University of California Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Chicago

University of Georgia

University of Illinois

University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Pennsylvania

University of San Diego

University of South Florida

University of Toronto

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of WisconsinMilwaukee

Media Contact:
Rhonda Corey
Media Manager, Value Colleges
[email protected]
(919) 864-2220

SOURCE Value Colleges

Purdue offering new financial planning certificate program online - Purdue News Service

Posted: 26 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue University will begin offering a program of highly rated Certified Financial Planner Board-registered courses online, allowing learners to satisfy the educational requirements for taking the CFP® exam in less than a year on the path to what could be a big career boost.

Demand for personal financial advisors is expected to grow at a higher than average rate over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, of the 270,000 financial advisors in the U.S. today, only about 83,000 hold the CFP® certification, the industry standard of excellence. Advisors who are certified tend to earn 30% more than their peers.

Offered through Purdue Online in partnership with Dalton Education, the online courses are taught virtual classroom-style, live online including interaction with instructors who are certified and fellow students. All classes are recorded for playback at any time as well. Learners have access to Dalton's TestBank, an extensive library of practice exam questions and exams.

"The practice questions they have and the practice exams are harder than the CFP exam," said David Evans, director of Purdue's registered financial planning bachelor's program. "Working with them moves the needle for passing the actual exam from around 50% to 90%."

Purdue Online will begin offering the program in January with cohorts starting every other month. Learners can expect to spend 8-12 hours a week on the series of courses for nine months. The cost is $5,650.

A self-paced, online option should be available by summer for those who prefer a more flexible experience.

Those who complete the program successfully will receive a Purdue certificate of completion signifying that they have met the educational requirements to sit for the CFP® exam.

The program includes six courses that cover the knowledge and skills needed to complete the exam successfully. The courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Insurance, the basics that form the foundation of knowledge students need as working financial services professionals.
  • Investment Planning, an introduction to modern portfolio theory, measuring risk and return, portfolio development and analysis, asset allocation and portfolio diversification, among other things.
  • Income Tax Planning, an introduction to individual income tax fundamentals and the calculation of income tax, as well as tax issues surrounding business entities.
  • Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits, an introduction to retirement planning and employee benefits, including public and private retirement plans, as well as group and fringe benefits.
  • Estate Planning, the basics that form the foundation of knowledge students need in the estate planning process including wills, the probate process, gift and estate taxes, planning techniques to reduce an individual's tax liability and more.
  • Capstone course, a project where students synthesize and apply elements of comprehensive financial planning and the functions of the financial planning process, applying the Certified Financial Planner Board's practice standards.

Purdue has offered its registered financial planning bachelor's degree since 2004 and regularly receives requests for a certified financial planning program from Purdue students and graduates, Evans said. Making the program available through Purdue Online opens it up for anyone who qualifies, with a top-rated university and Dalton, a leader in the field, behind it.

"This is the top certification for an in-demand field that promises to continue to be in demand going forward," said Gerry McCartney, executive vice president for Purdue Online. "The opportunity for Purdue Online to partner with Dalton Education to offer this qualification program was an easy decision to make."

For more information on taking the course series through Purdue see the program website. Registration is open now. 

Writer: Greg Kline, 765-494-8167, gkline@purdue.edu 

Sources: David Evans, daevans@purdue.edu

Gerry McCartney, mccart@purdue.edu

The New M.B.A.: Flexible, Cheaper and Lifelong - The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 07 Nov 2020 07:00 AM PST

A decade from now, students who want to study business may not have to go to graduate school or even get a degree, as more top institutions aim to sell potential students on becoming lifelong learners.

"It makes no sense that people should get all of their education in their 20s, because if we live until our 80s there should be many points in time when one could come back and get re-educated," says Debora Spar, a senior associate dean in charge of Harvard Business School Online.

Business schools are already racing to revamp their programs to add technology and data-science skills that employers want. Demand for postgraduate and lifelong learning options is expected to grow in the coming years.

"The future is likely to find not just growing demand for one-year M.B.A.s, but also for part-time, executive, blended, online and stackable degrees, potentially with the stackable M.B.A. being delivered by different schools at different times in a student's career," says a study from Carrington Crisp, a business-school consulting firm, referring to the practice of "stacking" a full degree by paying for and studying school modules when it suits the student.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, M.B.A. programs, the flagship degree of business schools, had been struggling to attract students away from a hot job market. The pandemic-related economic downturn has sent applications soaring at some of the top M.B.A. programs, but admissions experts aren't sure how long the boom will last or if some of the middle-tier M.B.A. programs will benefit in the same way.

COVID-19 highlights importance of distance learning - LubbockOnline.com

Posted: 10 Nov 2020 01:17 PM PST

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When the coronavirus gripped the nation in March, universities, colleges and schools across the U.S. were forced to move all learning online. However, Texas Tech has offered a variety of programs for virtual learners for years.

Since Nov. 9-13 is National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) – a week created to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, higher education, corporate and military while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field – we're highlighting all the amazing facets of Texas Tech's eLearning & Academic Partnerships division.

Worldwide eLearning and regional sites

Worldwide eLearning is the college-focused area of eLearning & Academic Partnerships, offering more than 80 fully online or hybrid degree programs. Students of any age are eligible to earn their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees via Worldwide eLearning. It also offers certification preparation programs and graduate certificates.

"What separates Texas Tech from many other universities is that we do not outsource our course development," said Melanie Hart, vice provost for eLearning & Academic Partnerships. "We are proud that our high-quality classes are created by our wonderful faculty in collaboration with our instructional design team."

Students also can take in-person classes at one of the nine Texas Tech regional sites:

• Texas Tech University at Collin Higher Education Center, located in McKinney

• Texas Tech University at El Paso

• Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg

• Texas Tech University at Highland Lakes, located northwest of Austin

• Texas Tech University at Hill College's Johnson County campus in Cleburne

• Texas Tech University at Junction

• Texas Tech University at Rockwall, located at the Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy in Rockwall

• Texas Tech University at Waco, located at McLennan Community College in Waco

• Texas Tech University at Austin College, located on the Austin College campus in Sherman

Degrees earned from Texas Tech regional sites are equal to those earned on campus in Lubbock. In other words, a distance learning student's diploma will read the same as the diploma of someone graduating from the on-campus degree programs in Lubbock.

TTU K-12

TTU K-12 is a state-approved online kindergarten through 12th-grade school that has fulfilled students' needs for more than 25 years.

TTU K-12 began in 1993 as a "Special Purpose District" designed to help students whose educational needs were not adequately met by traditional school districts. Since then, it has grown to serve students across the U.S. and in more than 70 nations around the world.

TTU K-12 boasts a rigorous curriculum that allows students to work ahead, make up failed credits and achieve their goals from wherever they reside. It offers open-enrollment testing solutions and a full-time Texas high school diploma program that concludes with a graduation ceremony on the Texas Tech campus.

TTU K-12's high school courses also are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Notable graduates of TTU K-12 include actor Jesse Plemons and Team USA ice skater Ashley Cain.

"Texas Tech has been a global leader in online learning at all levels and NDLW celebrates distance learning," said Justin Louder, associate vice provost for eLearning & Academic Partnerships and interim superintendent for TTU K-12. "This week, eLearning at Texas Tech will host multiple webinars showcasing best practices in online learning."


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