Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire

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Public college in every state with the best ROI - Mooresville Tribune

Public college in every state with the best ROI - Mooresville Tribune

Public college in every state with the best ROI - Mooresville Tribune

Posted: 19 Dec 2020 12:00 AM PST

Since at least the post-World War II period, a college education has been considered a gateway to the American middle class, enabling Americans to build careers and accumulate wealth that can be passed on to their family.

But college is expensive. Nearly 45 million Americans are saddled with $1.64 trillion in student loan debt. Sixty-nine percent of the graduating class of 2019 took out student loans, and their average debt is $29,900, according to Studies have indicated high student debt can have harmful consequences for the economy, such as delaying homeownership and postponing starting a family.

The escalating cost of university education, as well as soaring student loan debt, have raised questions about whether college is worth the expense. One recent report said it is.

According to a 2019 study from Georgetown University, workers with a bachelor's degree on average earn 80% more than those who only graduated high school. Stacker compiled a list of the public colleges with the best return on investment (ROI) in every state, using the study by Anthony P. Carnevale, Ban Cheah, and Martin Van Der Werf at Georgetown University. Public colleges that primarily issue bachelor's degrees were considered. The college with the highest 40-year ROI in every state was included. The study incorporated net present value, that calculates future earnings based on income ten and forty years, respectively, after starting college.  

Schools with the best ROI range from small schools with enrollments of fewer than 1,000 undergraduates to large state universities with student bodies of up to 40,000 undergraduates. Virtually all the students at the public college in every state with the best ROI have a debt load below the national average.

The schools that provide the "best bang for the buck" do so in various ways. Some schools offer special classes in areas like STEM, health care, and maritime services that steer graduates to jobs in those fields, and others focus on startup creation, merit programs, and connecting students to employers.

Peruse Stacker's list to find out more about how each institution is providing the best value for its students.

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100 colleges with the best ROI | Smart Change: Personal Finance - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Posted: 31 Dec 2020 08:30 AM PST

They say the college years are the best of your life. They shape the way you see the world, the passions you wish to pursue, and the person you hope to be. But much more than an emotional, personal, and professional starting point, college is a significant financial investment.

In the last 10 years, the cost of college has gone up by more than 25%, according to CNBC. For the 2019 academic year, private colleges cost an average of $48,510 per year, and public ones cost $21,370. After four years, and in many cases five to six years, that cost can stack up significantly, so you're going to want to ensure that you're putting your dollars into an institution that is going to make it worth your while. Luckily, those who have a bachelor's degree earn about $32,000 more annually than those without, reports the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities. But some colleges have a higher return on investment than others.

Stacker compiled a list of the colleges with the best return on investment, using a 2019 study by Anthony P. Carnevale, Ban Cheah, and Martin Van Der Werf at Georgetown University. Colleges that primarily issue bachelor's degrees were considered. Colleges are ranked by the highest 40-year ROI, with ties broken by 10-year ROI. The study considered net present value, balancing today's costs against future earnings.

Universities that specialize in STEM studies (science, technology, engineering, and math) tend to have a higher return on investment for their graduates. STEM has gained ground over the past 10 years as more and more careers have a need for science and tech knowledge. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 8.5 million STEM jobs in 2015, which represented 6.2% of employment in the United States. Ninety-three percent of STEM occupations have wages above the national average, as well.

Colleges that focus in pharmaceuticals also show the strongest return on investment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019 there were more than 300,000 pharmacist jobs, and the median wage was $128,090.

Now it's time to take a look at the colleges that made the cut. Keep reading to see the 100 colleges with the best ROI. Is your college on the list?

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2020 in review: Top stories of the year in Orange County education - Los Angeles Times

Posted: 31 Dec 2020 06:08 PM PST

It's been tough for students this year.

With schools closing in March and remaining that way through much of the rest of the calendar year, parents, teachers and students have grappled with what is the best way to learn in the midst of a pandemic and how to bring kids back into classrooms safely.

But, in spite of the obstacles, people have found ways to still celebrate the accomplishments of their children this year.

Here are some of the top stories in education in Orange County in 2020:

Pictured is Corona del Mar High School.

Corona del Mar High School was closed, along with all other Newport-Mesa Unified School District campuses, in March. Secondary schools didn't reopen until November.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Area schools close in March

Schools in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley all moved to close their campuses in March in an effort to slow the transmission of the coronavirus.

Students and teachers made the transition to online learning, initially hopeful of an April return before the closures were extended through the end of the school year. The same held true of campuses in the Coast Community College District and at UC Irvine.

Marina High School athletes work out on campus on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Marina High School athletes work out on campus on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Athletics benched at local districts

School-based athletics were sent to the sidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

While there have been no games since that time, local school districts began to issue guidance for the return of athletics with modifications in August.

Huntington Beach Union High School District rolled out a plan with three phases, which allowed for teams to resume workouts outdoors in groups of 10 or less in Phase I.

The guidance classified sports and performing arts into three categories — low risk, moderate risk or high risk — based on their potential for virus transmission.

The California Department of Public Health came out with updated guidance for youth sports on Dec. 14. It assigned sports to one of four color-coded tiers, much like the state's reopening framework, and competitions between two teams cannot be held prior to Jan. 25 at the earliest.

A graduate waves to friends as he drives up to the Laguna Beach High drive-through graduation at Guyer Field.

A graduate waves to friends as he drives up to the Laguna Beach High drive-through graduation at Guyer Field.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

High school graduations pivot from tradition

Though seniors this year had to go without Grad Night and a prom, they didn't have to miss out on their graduation ceremonies — school districts and parents made sure of that.

In the Huntington Beach Union High School and Laguna Beach Unified School districts, schools held graduations by way of drive-through celebrations. Students rode through their campuses in caravans to receive their diplomas and take pictures for a last hurrah.

In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, students celebrated their accomplishments through virtual commencement broadcasts at home. Parents, too, organized ways to celebrate in-person, including a car parade and a walk along the coastline of Newport Beach.

For full coverage of graduations and profiles of the 2020 senior class, visit

Laguna Beach parents demonstrate to open Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach High School.

Laguna Beach parents demonstrate to open Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach High School at Main Beach in downtown Laguna Beach in October.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Parents, students challenge slow campus reopenings

Protests occurred in several districts over reopening school campuses in the intervening months between the end and beginning of the school years.

Students began the fall semester with classes online.

Parents and students raised concerns on both sides of the argument, with some uncertain about student retention and mental health while others argued that it is not safe to return students and teachers to classrooms as the pandemic continues.

Protests also occurred earlier this year over graduation ceremonies.

Orange County Board of Education President Ken Williams.

Orange County Board of Education President Ken Williams speaks in August at a news conference held in Costa Mesa to share news of a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen schools.

(Courtesy of Mari Barke)

O.C. Board of Education tries to overturn order to close schools

As opposition to California's coronavirus mandates regarding mask wearing and school closures reached a fever pitch this summer, the Orange County Board of Education made several moves challenging state officials and guidelines.

Following a June 24 community forum, in which members of an expert panel advised against mandating masks to prevent the spread of the virus, the board decided in a July 13 meeting to issue its own guidelines recommending public schools reopen without facial coverings or social distancing.

Later that month, members approved pursuing litigation to overturn an order from Gov. Gavin Newsom that mandated schools in counties under state watch due to high coronavirus case counts — including Orange County — return to distance learning in the new school year.

Murrieta-based law firm Tyler & Bursch filed an Aug. 24 complaint with the state Supreme Court claiming Newsom's mandate violated federal and state protections. Ultimately, the court decided not to hear the matter.

OCC has been building an 814-unit student housing apartments that is due to open mid-September.

Orange Coast College is building 323 units of student housing due to open in September. But as classes resumed online this week, many have been looking to postpone leases or back out altogether.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Orange Coast College completes facilities

The Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa announced that several of its construction projects neared completion this year, including its student housing development, student union and college center. Its $51-million aquatics center was completed in April.

The facilities were funded by Measure M, a $698-million bond measure for Coast Community College District passed by district voters in 2012.

Campuses in the district have been closed since fall and will remain closed through the upcoming spring semester. Classes have been taught largely remotely.

Several students with housing contracts have tried to exit their agreements in response to the ongoing pandemic. In August, the number of leases dropped from 508 to 404, which includes 50 new contracts signed in July. A total of 154 lessees appeared to have backed out of their agreements.

Diane Parras, an alumni of Perry Elementary School in Huntington Beach, holds a sign.

Diane Parras, an alumni of Perry Elementary School in Huntington Beach, holds a sign during a protest of the schools closure on Tuesday, June 23.

(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Parents push back as Huntington Beach City School District closes school

In January, the Huntington Beach City School District discussed the possibility of closing a school. Parents rallied at a district meeting and launched a petition, fearful of rumors that John R. Peterson Elementary School might be considered for permanent closure. Previously, the school district had considered closing Joseph R. Perry Elementary School and Isaac L. Sowers Middle School.

In the end, it was Perry Elementary School that the district decided to close in spite of recommendations from a district committee that said both Perry and Sowers should remain open.

The district had been considering closing one of its seven schools for more than a year, and Perry had been first on the list in 2018.

Parents protested the closure of the campus at 19231 Harding Lane in June, expressing frustration that the move was made in the middle of a pandemic and that information on the closure was only presented in English. District officials said the closures would help the district absolve $6.8 million in potential budget cuts.

Brethren Christian High School is closing down.

Brethren Christian High School is closing down.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Brethren Christian High School closes in Huntington Beach

Parents and coaches at the private school confirmed in July that Brethren Christian High School would be closing down due to declining enrollment and financial difficulties. Alumni said they found out about the closure through social media posts.

The school was on the Gisler Middle School campus on 21141 Strathmoor Lane until recently, after a long-term lease with the Huntington Beach City School District ended in 2019. The school relocated to 6931 Edinger Ave. last year.

Brethren Christian High School was founded in 1947 and was initially located at Seal Beach Brethren Church before expanding to Long Beach and Paramount, then moving to Cypress and eventually to Huntington Beach.

Kindergartners walk past "welcome back" posters.

Kindergartners walk past "welcome back" posters as elementary students return for in-person learning at Top of the World elementary as part of the Laguna Beach Unified School District's hybrid learning model.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Elementary, secondary schools begin reopening

With much fanfare and months of debate and planning, elementary schools across the six public school districts in the Daily Pilot's coverage area reopened in the fall.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District reopened its elementary schools in late September, while schools in Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach reopened in October.

In Laguna Beach, secondary students have yet to return to in-person instruction. Huntington Beach high schoolers returned in November. In Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, secondary students also were unable to return to campuses until November, but now aren't expected to see the inside of their classrooms again until late January.

Russell Lee-Sung makes comments during a 2018 event at Early College High School.

Russell Lee-Sung makes comments during a 2018 event at Early College High School. The administrator was recently named superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

(File Photo)

Leadership changes across districts

In an election year unlike many others, board trustees have been shuffled across districts. Additionally, Supt. Gregg Haulk of the Huntington Beach City School District and Supt. Fred Navarro of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District stepped down.

Deputy Supt. Leisa Winston of the Laguna Beach Unified School District will replace interim Supt. Greg Magnuson in Huntington Beach in January and in August, Newport-Mesa Unified school board members made interim Supt. Russell Lee-Sung the superintendent through June 2022.

Meanwhile, board members sworn in after the November election were:

  • Newport-Mesa Unified School District: Leah Ersoylu, Carol Crane, Krista Weigand
  • Huntington Beach Union School District: Susan Henry, Michael Simons
  • Huntington Beach City School District: Bridget Kaub
  • Fountain Valley School District: Steve Schultz, Jeanne Galindo
  • Laguna Beach Unified School District: Kelly Osborne, Jan Vickers
  • Coast Community College District: Jerry Patterson, Mary Hornbuckle

Sara Cardine and Andrew Turner contributed to this report.

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What is instructional design? Examples and online courses - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 31 Dec 2020 04:14 AM PST

Instructional design courses and certificate programs

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Instructional Design Foundations and Applications (Coursera) 

This is the first course of the two-course MasterTrack certificate offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an excellent foray into the world of instructional design. Taught by Dr. Eunjung Grace, this four-week course takes students through the conceptual and theoretical background of instructional design. Because it's free to audit, taking this intro course is a good idea if you are considering enrolling in the full MasterTrack, as it will let you know what to expect and if this particular program is the right choice for you. You can read a full review of this MasterTrack here.

Become an Instructional Designer (LinkedIn Learning)

This is a series of nine videos on instructional design, perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the field of instructional design and gain foundational knowledge without committing to a longer certificate program. Available through LinkedIn Learning with a $29.99/month subscription, it will take you through the basics of instructional design, from storyboarding to assessing your work, and covers learning design for both corporate and educational environments. When you complete the learning path, LinkedIn will provide you with a certificate of completion to add to your LinkedIn profile.

Introduction to Instructional Design: Online Course Creation (Udemy)

This introductory course is a good choice for anyone interested in using instructional design to develop online courses. It's taught by an instructional designer, whose goal is sharing everything he wished he knew when he was starting out in instructional design. Through video lectures and curated resources (including e-books and podcasts), this course takes you through the basics of instructional design theory and gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to an e-learning project. This is a short, self-directed course, with only about an hour and a half of total video content, so it's a quick way to get a grasp of the field or to brush up on your instructional design knowledge.

The IDOL Academy

IDOL (Instructional Design and Online Learning) is an instructional design agency that offers courses for people specifically interested in corporate instructional design. IDOL offers an eight-week academy to get you started for $1,497 at the basic level and $2,497 for additional features. The academy is incredibly comprehensive, teaching students graphic design and animation skills alongside instructional design theory and e-learning processes. By the end of the course, you will have built a complete instructional design portfolio from scratch and will be completely ready to apply for instructional design jobs in the corporate world. This is one of the best choices out there if you're serious about starting a career in corporate instructional design, but don't want to pay for a master's degree. 

E-Learning Instructional Design certificate (Association for Talent Development) 

This certificate program is for those who are not entirely new to instructional design and are interested in learning additional learning models for developing e-learning materials. This course is designed to be applicable for a range of instructional design applications, including HR specialists and curriculum designers. In this program, students are introduced to the Association for Talent Development's very own e-learning design model and are given the opportunity to practice and apply the model. This course is $1,695 for non-ATD members.  

Instructional Designer Certificate Program (Online Learning Consortium) 

This certificate program, offered by the Online Learning Consortium, is the industry standard for those interested in working in online course development for schools and universities. The program is a series of four online courses, each one taking students through a different aspect of online learning design. The program is designed for people with some experience working in instructional design and are interested in strengthening their skills. The program costs $2000 for non-OLC members. 

Instructional Design and Technology (edX)

This program on instructional design and technology is a series of four courses that will take about eight months to complete. Priced at $1,076.40, you will receive an edX MicroMasters certificate from the University System of Maryland, which is very reasonable for the amount of instruction you'll receive. Designed for those interested in developing online learning, this program will take you through learning theory and data analytics, while also providing hands-on practice in developing and publishing online courses. The program combines instructional design with training in e-learning technology and will prepare you for a career in online learning development.


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