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I just came across this report from November 2013 by an organization called, “Public Agenda,” called, “Is College Worth It For Me; How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School.
Some of the key findings:
- Driving Concerns: Can I afford it and can I make it work in my busy life? Adults who don’t have degree are most concerned about taking on debt and whether they can balance school with work and family obligations. Many also worry about whether they will be able to keep up academically.
- Top Priorities: High-quality teachers, applicable skills, affordable tuition. Adults want knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the workplace.
- Most hope to take at least some classes online (but many suspect that employers don’t value online education as highly).
- Adults learn about colleges from people they know, advertising, and the websites of specific schools. The most common source of information are friends, family, and colleagues, as well as TV commercials and billboard ads.
- Few distinguish between not-for-profit and for-profit colleges, but once they understand the distinction, they become more skeptical of for-profit schools.
- Many believe that more opportunities to meet and talk with college experts and other adult students could help other adults like them make better decisions.
What do you think? Do these findings resonate with your concerns and questions? If you were to offer advice to someone considering finishing a degree, what would it be?
Oh, and by the way, this study shows that college IS definitely worth it. It notes that “…public discussion today … often focuses on the undeniable fact that a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee success. But of course it doesn’t. Nothing guarantees success…” However, “the decision not to attend college for fear that it’s a bad deal is among the most economically irrational decisions anybody could make in 2014.”
An interesting read…
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Lake Tahoe Community College has online summer courses. The term starts June 30 and is 6 weeks long. The course list is below. Lake Tahoe is on the quarter system and so units will be converted for transfer to NDNU.
Let your adviser know if you have questions!
Course List: LTCC-Summer2014 online class offerings
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BUS 2048-08 Human Resources Management – MADDEN – CU09
PSY2201-01 Counseling & Psychotherapy – NYLAND – CU01
HSP2203-08 Communication Skills – ARBORE – CU09
BIO2108-08 Contemp Environment Issues – SHELLABARGER – SM208
REL2250-08 Religions Of The World – DELAPORTE – SM207
BUS2300-08 Marketing Principles – JEN – CU06
BUS2000-08 Mgmt Prin & Org Beh – BARDEN – CANADA Bldg 5-227
BUS2006-08 Contemp. Prof Writing – ROSS – CU01
CUL2248-08 Latin America In Film – GOMEZ – SM207
BUS2010-08 Prof Ethics & Social Resp – LADINE – CU07
BUS2250-08 Personal Financial Planning – RICE – CU09
REL2250-10 Religions Of The World – Beltramini – MISSION MT18A
HSP2286-08 Sex, Lies & Media – BULLER – CU23
HSP2218-08 Social Research Methods – ARBORE – CU09
PHL2420-08 Philosophy Of Love – DELAPORTE – SM207
Saturday May 17
HSP2202-08 Intro To Emotional Intelligence – SANTAMARIA – CU09
Most of our evening students complete their educations with a combination of funding sources: discounted tuition from the university and financial aid, which comes in the form of grants and loans. Some students have found scholarships, which we always celebrate as even small amounts can make a difference for students in our programs. We are working to create another scholarship opportunity to assist students who need assistance to bridge the realities of life with the limitations of financial aid. It is also important to us to find additional ways to reduce the amount of debt that students can graduate with.
One such opportunity received a boost last Friday at the 25th Anniversary of the Human Services and Intensive Business programs. We had a lovely evening, welcoming alumni, students, staff, administrators, and faculty. Many offered tributes to Dr. Don Stannard-Friel and Dr. Deb Cash, who co-founded the program. We also honored the four faculty members who have been part of the program since its inception: Dr. Patrick Arbore, Ralph Barsi, Dr. Lillian Barden, and Dyanne Ladine. Most importantly, everyone there celebrated the students and alumni who have made these programs what they are. In addition to the celebration, many who attended contributed to a scholarship fund that is designed to assist current students to complete their degrees while managing their student debt.
This scholarship fund was created when Dr. Lillian Barden retired for the first time. Her son Dan raised funds for an endowment that is intended to be paid as small, “pay-it-forward” loans to assist students in need. This attachment about the Lillian Barden Deb Cash Endowment has the rest of that story. In order to begin paying those scholarships, the fund needs to increase to $25,000. We are getting close! The donations made at the 25th Anniversary event are an important step in that direction, especially since our current Dean, Dr. Craig Brewer, has offered to match any funds received up to $5,000 as a gift from the School of Business and management to honor the many students and alumni who are part of the two programs.
If you’d like to honor the students who are part of these programs by making a donation – or if you know anyone who would – our Development Director (also an alum!) has suggested donations of $25, $250, or even $2500 would be perfect to honor these 25 years. Of course, all amounts are appreciated. Please feel free to share! Our goal is to get sufficient donations by April 15, 2014 so that we can begin offering the scholarships by next September.
Checks can be made to: The Lillian Barden/Deb Cash Endowment Fund and mailed to:
The Office of University Advancement
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002-1908
Welcome back! You can find your classroom assignments below and syllabi at this link.
Don’t forget to rsvp for the 25th Anniversary of the PSP Program (Human Services and Evening Business), coming up on Friday, March 21. A great opportunity to network with alumni and see your favorite instructors.
See you soon….
Business Policy/Barden: CU 1
Contemporary Professional Writing/Larragoiti/SM207
Human Relations in Organizations/Davis Wick/CU 11
Islam: Faith & Practice/Lipowitz/SM207
Managing Cultural Diversity/Madden/CU22
Prof Ethics and Social Responsibility/CU23
Tuesday at Canada
Operations and Info Tech Systems/Freeman/5-227
History of Systems of Psychology/Nyland/5-221
Legal Environment of Business/Freeman/CU1
Wednesday at Canada
Wednesday at Mission
Marketing for NonProfits/Barsi/MT18A
Human Services Financial Management/Kaplan/CU22
Philosophy of Science/Rende/SM203
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Mangement/Tau/CU23
Way of the Earth/Matevia/CU23
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