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Should I Change My Program?

advising-changing-programBy Anna Sommer
Team Manager, Academic Advising at American Public University

For many people working towards a college degree centers around selecting the right degree program, taking the right courses, and learning the right skills or knowledge that will help you get the right job. The need to get it all right creates a lot of pressure and can lead you to second guessing your degree choice or send you into a cycle of changing your degree multiple times. If you are thinking about changing your program, here are two things to consider:

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Endangered Species Day 2015: How Our Online Students Can Get Involved

Southern White Rhinoceros pictured.

Southern White Rhinoceros pictured.

By Dr. Francesca Catalano
Faculty Director, School of STEM at American Public University

Recently, a post went viral on Facebook announcing that the black rhino was declared extinct. The black rhino has actually been extinct since 2011; it’s the white rhino that is at grave risk. Sadly, the last known white rhino male is under armed guard 24 hours a day to protect it from poachers looking to earn up to $75,000 for his horn.

Currently, 41,415 plant and animal species are designated endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Endangered Earth). Of those, almost 40% of are listed as “endangered threatened with extinction.” (IBID). According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1,578 of these are found in the United States. This is a worldwide problem that requires worldwide action and response.

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The College Degrees And Skills Employers Most Want In 2015

interview-hiring-managerBy Susan Adams

The hiring picture keeps getting better for college graduates. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 9.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2014. That’s a one percent hike from the 8.6% gain a year ago and a significant jump from 2013, when employers said they would boost hiring by just 2.1% over the previous year.

A non-profit group in Bethlehem, PA, NACE links college placement offices with employers. It surveyed more than a thousand of its employer members from February 9 – March 23, 2015, and got responses from 162 companies in industries ranging from agriculture to energy to retail. Respondents included American Express, Exxon Mobil, Merck, Procter & Gamble and United Airlines.

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Finding Government Information Online: There’s Something for Everyone

government_information_researchBy Molly Fischer
Online Librarian and Editor, American Public University

Government information is a fantastic resource for students to utilize when researching and crafting academic papers. This is true for several reasons:

So how do you find government information? It is available in many places, and where you search depends on the type of information you’re seeking.

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Remaining Academically Engaged

staying-academically-engaged-fsaThere are many obvious reasons why every college student should remain academically engaged throughout the duration of his or her time in college. To obtain a degree or certificate, you must excel academically and complete all the course work that is required. However, some students may not necessarily realize that many colleges actually make academic engagement a requirement to receive Federal Student Aid (FSA) disbursements.

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Finding Affordable Resources for Your Classwork

studying-class-resourcesIf you are a college student (or an aspiring college student), then you know that tuition is not the only cost you have to incur to get your education. While textbooks can cost an inordinate amount of money, many classes require other resources to aid you in successfully completing the class. While there are ways to combat expensive text books, sometimes you have to buy them to be successful in the class. Some of your resources, however, can almost always be found for free if you know where to look.

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101 Inventions that Changed the World: A Math Perspective

taking-math-in-collegeBy Dr. Shirley Vigil
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

Recently, I toured the 101 Inventions that Changed the World exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. It reminded me of how important math is to my life.

The first invention that piqued my interest was the personal computer. Conceived to help the “normal person” crunch numbers quickly, I cannot imagine my life without it. The number of mathematical calculations saved over the years is enormous and we owe it to the mathematicians and engineers who took time to develop the miniaturized devices (another invention—the integrated circuit) behind it.

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Learning Online Doesn’t Mean You’re Learning By Yourself


AMU students at a recent community event in Washington, D.C.

By Cindy Aitken
Senior Manager, Community Engagement at American Public University System

There are extraordinary people in this world—working fathers and mothers, leaders and mentors—seeking to be part of something bigger. And many choose to join an extraordinary community of learners online in order to move their lives and the world forward. Balancing your lifelong goals with your work and family responsibilities means exploring every possibility, and online education provides an ideal solution for thousands of working adults worldwide. And while you’re using your computer or mobile device to interact daily in the virtual classroom, the fact is, the online learning model and feeling like you’re part of a tangible community aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, when you join a quality online university, you engage a community of learners that may include your professor down the street to a classmate from down under.

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