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How to Choose the Right College or University

choosing-right-online-schoolBy Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

Deciding that you want to attend college is one of the biggest decisions you’ll face in your adult life. And once you’ve decided to go to college, you have to make another huge decision: Which college or university will you attend?

There are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States. Picking the school that is right for you is no easy task and feels overwhelming.

How do you start the decision-making process? Here are some different factors to think about when you’re determining which college or university to attend.

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Educators Want to Pair Math and Music in Integrated Teaching Method

music-educationBy Moriah Balingit
The Washington Post

As a child, before he started playing jazz, composer and musical icon Herbie Hancock was fond of taking things apart and putting them back together. He was perpetually inquisitive and analytical, a quality that carried from his days of tinkering with clocks and watches to his playing of music, where he threw himself into jazz as a teen.

“I would always try to figure out how things work,” Hancock said. “It was that same instinct that I have that made me learn jazz more quickly. . . . It wasn’t a talent for music. It was a talent for being able to analyze things and figure out the details.”

Hancock later studied electrical engineering at Grinnell College before starting his jazz career full-time. He says there is an intrinsic link between playing music and building things, one that he thinks should be exploited in classrooms across the country, where there has been a renewed emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Hancock joined a group of educators and researchers Tuesday at the U.S. Education Department’s headquarters to discuss how music can be better integrated into lessons on math, engineering and even computer science, ahead of International Jazz Day this weekend.

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Why Taking Courses in the Right Order Matters

course-order-importanceBy Erin Kelley-Bannister
Academic Advisor at American Public University

One of the first bits of information you receive from the university is the course progression for your program. Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

Why Foundations of Online Learning Should Be Your First Course

The reason COLL100 (Foundations of Online Learning) is recommended first is because it provides necessary information about how to interact and succeed in our online environment. You’re introduced to the classroom, library, and other basic university information that you’ll need to know as a university student.

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Financial Aid Mistakes Students Should Avoid

avoid-financial-aid-errorsBy Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

Even though the school you wish to attend will create a financial aid package of a certain amount for you, it doesn’t mean that it will be the absolute final amount of financial aid you will be able to receive. You’re able to ask schools for a higher financial aid award if you really feel it’s necessary. Often, a school may oblige you and create a financial aid package of a higher amount.

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How Forbearance Can Help You With Student Loans

Student-loan-forbearanceBy Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

Are you struggling to pay back your student loans? Instead of becoming delinquent on your loan payments or falling into loan default, explore the option of obtaining forbearance from your loan servicer. Forbearance is a temporary period of time where you do not need to pay your loan payments or you can pay smaller payments than originally scheduled. If your loan servicer accepts your forbearance request, you and your loan servicer will have to agree to all the terms and sign an agreement. Forbearance is only granted for legitimate reasons, and some of these reasons are explained below:

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Improving School Performance Through Better Sleep

students-sleep-deprivationBy J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor

You’re a college student, probably juggling studies with work and other obligations. You even may be guilty of staying up all night to cram for a test or finish a paper. If only you could get some sleep!

Sleep deprivation has some bad side effects, including decreasing your ability to focus on course work or anything else. Even if you can set aside a decent number of hours to crash, what if you can’t fall asleep?

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30 Under 30 in Science Exploring New Worlds in the Stars and in Our Cells

30under30-scienceBy Alex Knapp

When he first started working on space engineering, Jeroen Cappaert, 27, probably didn’t expect to fight pirates one day. But that’s just one of the applications the satellites he’s designed are being put to use for by the company he cofounded, Spire Global. The company was founded in 2012 and has launched eight satellites so far which focus data collection on the oceans – “The three quarters of the world that almost nobody looks at,” says Cappaert.

Cappaert is just one of the standouts on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science list, which features a group of people across an astonishing array of different sciences, from astronomy to marine biology to psychology to artificial intelligence and more.

Other standouts include Lujendra Ojha, 25, whose studies of geological formations on Mars have provided the best evidence yet that liquid water may flow on the surface of the Red Planet. The Nepalese-born Ojha is currently a grad student at Georgia Tech and when he’s not busy studying Mars, he’s a guitarist in a heavy metal band.

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Corporate Kindergarten: How a Montessori Mindset Can Transform Your Business

business-tipsBy Kotter International

I’ll spare you the perfunctory context setting about how our globalized economy is moving at a rate of change unimaginable even a decade ago. It’s a given. Business models, product cycle times and even the Fortune 500 had a much longer shelf life in the 20th century than they do today.

To remain competitive – or, dare I say, relevant – organizations must achieve vastly higher levels of strategic agility, or face the foul risk of becoming “Blockbustered.” And by strategic agility I mean the ability to tactically pivot at the drop of a hat, to launch novel initiatives and kill off those that are no longer serving you.

At its apex in 2004, Blockbuster Video had nearly 60,000 employees and over 9,000 stores worldwide. Its market value and annual revenues each exceeded $billion, and it boasted a #1 position in the space by a long shot. In fact, CEO John Antioco was doing such a stellar job that his compensation that year totaled $51.6 million.

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