Connect with us

Academics

Viewpoint: The Value of Education is Lost in Online Learning

Online Degrees: blessing or curse?

Published

on

Since the advent of the internet, it has been seen as both a tool for advancing technology and a hindrance to the average person’s day to day life. Similarly, higher education has been praised as a way to advance a person’s career and specialize in their desired field but has also been critiqued for its high costs, crippling debt left on graduates, and lack of access to all of America.

One tool praised to bring educational accessibility to broader audiences is online programs. Obviously not all programs are available to online education, but for those who work full time, online education seems to be a great option to help them further their education.

Over the past few years, online education has seen notable growth, but retention and completion rates have remained low. While there is not single answer for why this trend exists, we can see that more and more people are attempting online courses and degrees.

These programs might not be for everyone: online courses lack face-to-face interaction with peers and professors, and costs and time commitments can vary greatly from program to program. Some will say that the solitude of an online program is not desirable, while others may love the individualized structure and pacing of it. But overall, online education still cannot compare to traditional classroom environments.

Obviously these programs require the student to have access to a computer and reliable internet, leaving online education with a very narrow target audience. In addition to this, students might feel as though they don’t have the same grasp of content that they would in a traditional educational setting. Recent studies have also revealed that while online programs are assumed to have lower costs, the programs are often more expensive than its non-online counterpart.

Students also don’t get the same level of contact with instructors as far as questions, feedback, or comments on materials. Many online courses aren’t official degrees but rather singular courses to help individuals branch out their knowledge. While it is doubtful these online programs will ever completely replace face-to-face learning, there is potential for these individual courses to help people foster education, branch out their educational background, and familiarize themselves with previously unknown topics. If you’re thinking of pursuing online education, make sure to do your research before committing to  it.

Nicole Masaki is a current student at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and is graduating in May 2018. She is a triple major in English, Environmental Studies, and Philosophy.

Academics

Inside the Ivy: New Presidents and Immigration

The one with Harvard, new presidents and immigration reform panels.

Published

on

Harvard finally names a new president

Harvard University has hired one of its own as the 29th university president, Lawrence Bacow.

The Harvard Crimson reports, “Bacow, 66, formerly served as the president of Tufts University and the chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also held roles at the Kennedy School, the Graduate School of Education, the Law School—and, most recently, on Harvard’s own search committee.”

Bacow will be taking over at a precarious time for higher education and Harvard; he will face a presidency that goes against university ideals and has enacted tax policies that will cost the university millions, an underperforming endowment and the roll out of Harvard’s controversial policy that penalizes membership in single-gender social organizations.

Jeb Bush and Joe Biden at Penn’s Silfen Forum

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports, “Members of the Senate failed to advance any immigration laws on Feb. 15, leaving the fate of various U.S. immigrants in an ongoing state of limbo. News of the vote came in as hundreds of attendees sat in Irvine Auditorium, listening to former Vice President Joe Biden and former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush discuss immigration policy with Penn President Amy Gutmann.”

The event, “Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugee’s and Immigration Policy,” was part of an annual series of panel discussions on modern issues.

Conversation on the panel quickly shifted to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Randoms:

A little bit of hope for a tough week and love for Valentine’s Day

Princeton has its own dating app

Quote of the Week:

“#MeToo is just so simple. It is really just a conversation starter. Or, [it can be] the whole conversation. This is a movement that’s about healing. [The phrase] comes from a place of trying to connect.

– Tarana Burke, #MeToo movement founder and leader at Brown University

Tweet of the Week

Continue Reading

Academics

Yale Starts Financial Aid Program to Cover Sorority Dues

Yale University hopes to reduce financial distress caused by membership dues with a new financial aid program.

Published

on

For people in Greek life, membership costs can be a source of financial distress. Yale University hopes to change that with a new financial aid program.

The Yale Panhellenic Council announced that they will be launching their first financial aid program this Spring semester.

Each of Yale’s four sororities, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi will receive roughly $200 to cover for membership dues according to Panhellenic Council President Lucy Friedmann ’19.

Members of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority tabling on campus.

“We decided that as a body, we have the capacity to give more money,” Friedmann said to Yale Daily News. “It’ll be up to each sorority’s discretion whether they give it to one person or distribute it among people who need financial aid.”

Friedmann also said the funding for the new financial aid program will come from registration fees the council collected in previous years and has saved. According to Yale Daily News, the registration fee for sorority recruitment was $15.

Other colleges have started initiatives like that to help with membership costs in the past. At Penn State, the Panhellenic Council founded the Panhellenic Scholarship Fund in 2013 to “help multiple women who need financial assistance with their sorority dues.”

That year the fund split $3540 between 12 recipients and in 2016 it provided $3,830  to 17 recipients, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

The move came after students at Penn indicated that sorority membership dues, which ranged from $550 to $917 for freshmen not living in-house in 2015, posed a significant obstacle for students from lower income backgrounds.

At Cornell University and Columbia University, financial aid does not cover sorority membership fees, though sororities at the two schools have the option of offering their own financial aid, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

 

At Yale University, Alpha Phi requires new members to pay $750 for their first semester, $430 for their second semester and $350 for subsequent semesters. Kappa asks new members to pay $495 and active members to pay $395 every subsequent semester.

Pi Phi required members to pay $665 for their first semester and $411 for each subsequent semester. Theta required new members to pay $662 for their first two semesters, and active members to pay $487 in the fall semester and $395 in the spring semester.

Some were doubtful whether the amount offered would make much of a difference.

Kat Corfman ’21, who participated in this year’s rush but decided not to join a sorority, said to Yale Daily News that she appreciated the Panhellenic Council’s efforts to make Greek life more accessible at Yale but is unsure whether $200 would “make much of a dent,” considering the total cost of dues for each member.

Continue Reading

Academics

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Offers new Citizens Free 1-Year Memberships

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is doing it right.

Published

on

Boston is a very progressive city, and in support of new citizens it is offering an innovate perk:

Starting July 1, 2017, new US citizens living in Massachusetts can receive a free one-year family membership to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s newest program enables the Museum to become a place for new Americans to gather, make connections within their community, and create bridges across cultures, making the MFA part of their American experience.

It’s simple too: You can come to the Museum, show a copy or photo of your naturalization certificate at any ticket desk within one year of your swearing-in, and you will get a free Museum membership for one year.

This membership consists of Free admission to the Museum for one year for two adults and unlimited children (age 17 and under), and a Free MFA mobile guide rental for MFA Citizens members (available in 9 languages).

Boom!

 

Continue Reading

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

MeToo17 hours ago

Viewpoint: There is No Problem with the #MeToo Movement

#MeToo is here to change America: Empowering survivors and giving their voice a platform.

by , Canisius College
Campus Crime1 day ago

Student Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Frat Brothers Shown No Leniency

The former Albright College student argued that his sentence should be reduced.

Apps1 day ago

There’s Another iOS bug Crashing iPhones, iMessage and Other Apps

Looks like we've got a few new bad Apples.

by , Colorado State University
Academics1 day ago

Inside the Ivy: New Presidents and Immigration

The one with Harvard, new presidents and immigration reform panels.

by , George Mason
Campus Crime1 day ago

Study: These are the Safest College Campuses in America

Brigham Young University-Idaho is the safest place you can go to college.

Joshua A. O'Connor sitting at court. Joshua A. O'Connor sitting at court.
National News2 days ago

High School Student Arrested After Grandmother Finds Journal Detailing Massacre Plans

Plans for a school shooting were thwarted just a day before the massacre in Parkland, Florida.

by , Western Governors University
Campus Crime2 days ago

Carnegie Mellon Student Under FBI Investigation for Message Fantasizing Sniper Killings

"I want to make an impact. Make life meaningful even under the eye of death itself," the message allegedly read.

National News2 days ago

Parkland Shooting: What We Know 24 Hours Later

What we've learned about the horrific crime and the 19-year-old who committed it.

Top Reads