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  • It's Graduation Time, Will Yours Be Next?

     

     

    It’s graduation season, when many proud graduates put on their cap and gown, walk across the stage for their diploma, flip their tassel, and toss their cap into the air in celebration of the accomplishments and an end to their days spent in school. For some, this graduation ceremony has only been experienced from the outside.  These could be parents in the crowd who sacrificed their own education and graduation in order to raise their kids and put their children’s needs before their own. These could be individuals who had to drop out due to financial or schedule/time reasons and weren’t able to finish their degree.  In today’s connected world, we have excellent technological tools to help us achieve our goals. If your goal is to finish your degree and view graduation from the stage instead of the audience while saving time and money, online classes might be what you’re looking for.

    Adult learners face obstacles to their education that are different than other learners. These are the biggest reasons adults list for not being able to go back to college. It could be a busy work schedule that doesn’t leave time for classes, a classroom and commute time that are too long or inconvenient for busy adults, or childcare responsibilities that conflict with traditional college classroom schedules. Perhaps it’s a financial obstacle, where the cost of tuition, commuting, textbook, college fees, and other expenses just don’t fit into your budget, especially for single parents with only one income. iStudySmart.com’s approach to education was specifically designed with adult learners in mind. Our courses were made for your busy schedule. You study when you want, on your own time, wherever you want, whenever you have free time whether it’s 30 minutes in the morning before heading to work, 15 minutes on your lunch break, or an hour before bed after tucking in the kids. You make your own schedule and study at a time that’s convenient for you. Then, when you’re ready to test, you schedule your exam when you feel prepared. Pass this one exam and you’ll earn 3-6 credits that transfer to over 3,800 universities nationwide. With iStudySmart.com you build your own class schedule and study times around your own busy schedule so you can take a lot of courses or a little, you’re in control. iStudySmart.com has over 60 courses within five major categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Business and Nursing that are all self-paced with no time limits. To browse our courses, learn more, and get started today, visit iStudySmart.com. Throughout June, courses are discounted to $149, see our site to learn more!

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  • Meet a Few Members of our Staff

          

     In today’s modern world we might call an 800 number and  speak to one person in India and another in South Dakota; yet they all work for the same company. Then there are the times you call and speak to one person at a company and they give you the information you need but you call back only to get a new person who has no idea what you’re talking about. Here at iStudySmart.com the staff is customer oriented and gives you the feeling  of the old days. The days when you knew your grocer, when you saw the same Doctor from your birth and when you would walk in the barber shop and everybody knew your name.  

    We try to fill your needs on a personal level and understand your circumstances in order  to tell you what degree plan works with your schedule, your family, and your social life.  Are you a paramedic, LPN/LVN or Respiratory Therapist looking into becoming a Registered Nurse? We will help you decide if Western Governors program fits your lifestyle or if Excelsior College is the better choice. If you  have no idea what degree you want but have a lot of college credit we might recommend you look into our partners at The National Education Alliance Counseling Center (NEACC).  The NEACC will help you find the quickest path to degree completion, the least expensive degree and show you how to get the most credit for your prior college credit, military/corporate training, licenses, certificates and/or credit by examination (AP, CLEP, DSST and ECE).  The NEACC degree exploration system will also provide you with a complete list of iStudySmart.com courses you need to complete your degree. 

    Meet some of our staff and know who you are talking to! 

    Educational Consultant:  Ashley McCoury. 

    I am here to help you through the sometimes stressful process of finding the courses you will need to graduate from college and get that life changing degree you have always wanted! If you have questions about how testing out works, where to take your test, when to take your test and which test to take (CLEP, DSST formerly the DANTES exam or ECE) I can help! 

    President:  David Wright 

    Are you a college, company or hospital interested in a partnership with  iStudySmart.com?  David is the one to contact! He can set up a discount program for your employees or students.  If you have interest in creating a library for your facility give David a call.

     

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  • Military Exclusive Opportunity for Tuition & College Credit Savings

    Until recently, tuition assistance has been available to military personnel since the late 1940’s.  However, due to recent budget cuts, military branches have been forced to suspend their tuition assistance programs.  “These cuts will have an impact on military families.  The National Education Alliance is subsidizing the cost of the in-depth study materials from iStudySmart.com to help out during the suspension of tuition assistance.  This will allow military personnel to continue to prepare for and pass exams to complete college credit.  Our goal is to support the military during this time,” said National Education Alliance President, Shara Wright.  The courses are normally $225 each but with the funds provided by the Alliance, military personnel can have online access to the iStudySmart.com traditional courses for $49.95 per month per course with the exclusive military discount on the SmartSubscription.  There is no limit to the number of courses which may be purchased in this manner.  iStudySmart.com’s test preparation materials are a flexible alternative to help military personnel complete college credit toward degree completion or for work related advancement. 

     

    Military members can prepare for their college credit equivalent exams using iStudySmart.com materials at the reduced rate and test out with DSST and CLEP exams.  These exams remain funded by the military.

     

    Students can TAP into a program that is:

    • Transferable: over 3,800 colleges accept credit by exam
    • Affordable: one course per month for only $49.95 – for military personnel
    • Portable: work at your pace – anywhere in the world

     

    iStudySmart.com is the only publisher of in-depth study materials endorsed by DSST, formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Test. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth was recognized for its superior educational performance and Chief Master Sgt. Wanda Dillon stated, “Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth went from 5 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force to 77 graduates in one year and iStudySmart.com contributed to that success.” 

     

    For military personnel to take advantage of the iStudySmart.com discount, please email info@iStudySmart.com with Military in the subject line.  Members of the Military will be given a coupon code to use at checkout.

     

    About iStudySmart.com

    iStudySmart.com offers exam preparation for DSST, CLEP and EC exams that enable students to pass the first time and a path to the degree which accelerates your progress to completion, while saving a considerable amount of time and money along the way.

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  • Wondering What Happened to Regents College?

    Now Excelsior College

    Nearly thirty years ago Regents College made history when it was founded on the philosophy that “what you know is more important than where or how you learned it.” A radical concept in its day, the College changed the way adult learners can use prior credit and knowledge to earn a college degree. It changed the way people can obtain additional credit by not making residency at the College a requirement. And, throughout this period, it has helped propel students ever upward toward their lifetime goals.

    On January 1, 2001 the College made history again. On that day it officially changed its name to Excelsior College.

    Latin for “ever upward,” the name Excelsior more closely captures the spirit of the College’s mission and philosophy. It closely mirrors the determination of its students and graduates, the spirit and commitment behind what the College does, what its degree programs have meant to thousands of lifelong learners who have realized the goal of earning a college degree, and what it will mean in the future to those who follow.

    It also reflects the many developments that have occurred since the College received its independent charter in 1998. Significant progress toward developing new programs and services has been made, from the introduction of two master’s degree programs, to the availability of online research resources at its virtual library, to increasing its alumni base to more than 89,000 graduates worldwide.

    And, as the College adopts a new name, its commitment to students becomes even stronger. Regents College was an innovator in 1971, and Excelsior College will continue to provide cutting-edge services and educational opportunities to adult learners everywhere. “Ever Upward” is more than a motto: it's a sign of things to come.

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  • Making the Transition from LPN/VN to RN

     

    Written by Roger Ruiz, RN, BSN, MBA

    The nursing shortage has created opportunities for LPNs to advance their education to become RNs… and maybe their only option for thriving in a diminishing LPN market. With a growing and aging population throughout the United States, patients are becoming increasingly complex to care for.  In the increasingly competitive healthcare market, hospitals favor hiring and retaining RNs over LPNs for many reasons.  Better nursing staff education will result in better patient outcomes. RNs have been trained to make decisions and perform patient care interventions that require critical thinking and decision making abilities…an area that LPNs lack not because they do not have the talent to do so.  Without the required formal nursing education to pass the state board examination and earn the designation of RN, many LPNs often become frustrated because they realize their shortcomings….not because they are not capable.  The “nursing law of the land” dictates that LPNs are limited in scope and practice.  Employers translate that into lower wages for LPNs as opposed to higher salaries for RNs.      

    LPN to RN transition

     

    In their journey to attain and retain Magnet status, many large hospital systems have removed LPNs from the acute care inpatient settings and re-assigned to outpatient care areas.  In reality and the broader scope of this matter, LPNs will likely be phased out the outpatient settings by attrition (taking early retirement, frozen wages, etc.).  LPNs may be retained only if they are enrolled and will complete an RN program within the next 5 years.  The message is clear, if the highly experience LPN wants to remain competitive in the health care industry….get your RN degree!  For fulltime working LPNs, an excellent choice to make the transition from LPN to RN is through a self paced distance learning program such as Excelsior College of New York.  Start your journey from LPN to RN by preparing to test out successfully and complete college credit through examination. 

    The time and money you use to finance your RN degree program are an investment in your family and most importantly….you!

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  • CLEP, ECE, and DSST Study Guides

    For 26 years [Since 1986] iStudySmart.com, has developed study guides for CLEP, ECE, and DSST proficiency exams. With iStudySmart.com, they've transitioned their products and services to the Internet. However, it is very important to make sure the college you are planning to transfer proficiency exams is accredited. Accreditation is crucial when you're talking about the college where you are going to get your degree from. A student should know what his college's policy is regarding proficiency exams before beginning a course.

    This information can be found out by calling the appropriate Admissions department at the college, or by checking out iStudySmart.com's database of colleges accepting CLEP exams. In most cases, the database verifies which specific exams the colleges accept.

    iStudySmart.com helps students determine the proficiency exams to test out of and helps them locate the closest testing centers. After they've passed the proficiency exam, they transfer the score into their college of choice.

    Most colleges accept proficiency exams as college credit. However, each college has different requirements on the number of credits accepted and the specific proficiency exams they'll allow so you should check with your university of choice.

     

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  • Distance Learning for Nurses

    There’s a nursing shortage in America – and your hospital will start losing if you’re not prepared. Studies show that educational benefits are a major component in the recruitment and retention of great nurses. iStudySmart.com has the key to maximizing your potential in this tight labor market. We can help your nurses obtain a degree through distance learning or fast track their degree at local college campus.  How? Over 3,800 colleges allow students to by pass the classroom and test out of college courses using CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Exam) and ECE (Exceslior College Exam) exams.

    1. Reduce Your Education Budget
      Because we can offer courses online and offline, we’re able to pass along cost savings that will expand your educational options and stretch your benefits dollar.
    2. Solve Scheduling Problems
      iStudySmart.com gives the student the power to control the schedule and pace of studying. No scheduling problems, no missed work.
    3. Attract and Retain Employees
      iStudySmart.com offers RN and BSN courses that have helped thousands of nurses working toward their degrees and improved the quality of care at hundreds of hospitals. Attract nurses when they’re in short supply – and keep the ones you’ve got.
    4. Custom Solutions
      We’re so convinced that iStudySmart.com will benefit your hospital that we’ll design a custom solution just for your business. We’ll conduct a free on-site seminar for your employees and help you make the most of their education.

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  • Why do more than 70 million adults want to head back to school?

    A recent study of adult Americans regarding continuing education found this:

    Nine out of 10 (89%) said the benefits of higher education are equal to or greater than the time, money, and energy invested.

    That is impressive considering the rising costs of education.

    "One of the big surprises was the mix of reasons why people thought it would be beneficial to get more education," said Lyungai Mbilinyi, PhD, author of the study report. "Although 71 percent did think additional education would help them earn more, several intangibles were rated even higher. Eighty-one percent associated higher education with a personal sense of accomplishment and 78 percent believed education would help them better develop their talents or pursue their interests."

    What is the greatest barrier to pursuing higher education? Time management. More than 73 percent of those surveyed rated time management as an issue of concern. The need for flexibility in managing schedules may be the impetus for the increase in non-traditional enrollments. The National Center for Education Statistics says that online education is growing at a rate that is 10 time faster than that of traditional postsecondary options.

    An additional concern is how to pay for college. While many colleges do a good job of helping high school students find resources for financial aid, the options for adults is not so obvious. Many do not realize that some of the same resources available to high school students are also available to them. Many working adults may also have access to tuition reimbursement through their jobs, an option few high school students have.

    Eighty-four percent of higher education enrollments are non-traditional students, such as working adults and students enrolled in distance learning. Despite whatever barriers may have existed for these working adults, more than half surveyed said they wish they had done it sooner. The overwhelming majority believe the resulting benefits have made the struggle worthwhile.


    This study was conducted for Capella University by the independent research firm TNS NFO and may be found at www.degreesofopportunity

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  • It's Not Just for the Military Anymore, It’s For Everyone!

    It's TESTING OUT!

    For decades military personnel have had the opportunity to study independently and test out of college courses.  Today, there are tens of thousands of people from all walks of life who have earned college degrees using only independent learning to test out of courses.  Passing standardized exam grades are transferred into an accepting college for credit.pass you exam

     

    10 Reasons to Skip Class and Test Out

     

    1. Earn 3 to 6 credits after passing a standardized exam

    2. Over 3,800 colleges and universities allow testing out credit to be transferred into a degree program

    3. You can test out even if you have never attended college

    4. Convenient programs available that fit into your schedule 

    5. Save money over traditional programs 

    6. No classes to attend 

    7. No waiting lists

    8. Go as fast or as slow as you want – you are in control – you set the pace 

    9. Education opens up job opportunities, promotions, and more money

    10. Today is the day to take charge of your future!

     

    Learn How You Can Prepare for and Pass DSST, CLEP & ECE Exams

     

    Testing out is not something that most people can do without studying and test preparation.  That’s where iStudySmart.com comes in.  iStudySmart.com offers three product types. 

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  • iStudySmart.com Celebrates Distance Learning Week

     

    November 8th through the 12th commemorates National Distance Learning Week (NDLW). The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presents a week-long campaign that will help to increase the awareness of distance learning among K-12, Higher Education and Corporations.

     

    In recognition of NDLW, iStudySmart.com encourages adult learners to complete college credit by taking advantage of their transferable, affordable and portable study materials.

     

    Adult learners can download a FREE Distance Learning Guide  to find out how iStudySmart.com’s study materials can help them reach their educational goals.

     

    Online Learning is the fastest growing segment of education today with 3.5 million adults and 700,000 K-12 students taking a course and/or completing their degree completely online.

     

     

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