GHC Among Top 10 Colleges For Associate Degree in Business Administration

From Georgia Highlands College: Georgia Highlands College was recognized by Great Value Colleges as one of the “Top 10 Colleges for an Associate Degree in Business Administration Online.”

“Georgia Highlands College offers great tuition value and a gateway to an online bachelor’s from the University of Georgia,” said Jennifer Eisenberg, Editor of Great Value Colleges. “They go the extra mile in student services for online learners.”

Great Value Colleges looked at a pool of approximately 35 colleges across the country and selected the “Top Ten” with an “excellent value in the field of online associate degrees in business administration that can be earned 100 percent remotely.”

Colleges were ranked using a point system on the basis of tuition value (ten points possible), student-to-faculty ratio (ten points possible), flexibility in online degree track (six points possible), online student advisement (four points possible), job placement (three points possible), and curriculum relevancy (eight points possible) in the current job market.

Additional points were awarded for schools receiving recognition in the field of online education, being exceptionally military friendly, and the opportunity to receive course credit for life experience.
GHC received 26 points in Great Value College’s review, just under the highest score of 32 that was given to Thomas Edison State University.

In its description of GHC, Great Value Colleges said: GHC’s online associate in business administration has a track tailored specifically to feed into the online bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Georgia; this 60-62 credit hour program includes coursework in high demand skills… GHC offers personalized advising through email, phone or web-meeting, to accommodate the distance learner. Georgia Highlands also offers a broad spectrum of departmental exams to allow students to test their skill set and make certain they are on the right track toward their career goals.

In 2015, Great Value Colleges also ranked GHC second on a list of the 30 most affordable online RN-BSN degree programs in the nation.

GHC was also recently touted by for being one of the top three most affordable nursing schools in the country in an article called “30 Most Affordable Nursing Degree Programs.”
GHC will be launching two new bachelor’s degrees in healthcare management and logistics and supply chain management for fall 2017.

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Clemson, BJU named best colleges in South Carolina

Clemson University and Bob Jones University are the best four-year colleges in South Carolina, according to the website, an online resource that provides information about colleges nationwide for prospective students.

The website’s recent report, “Best Schools 2017,” ranked more than 1,600 schools across the country, and looked at affordability, flexibility, and other factors. BJU came in at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 1. out of 34 South Carolina institutions. 

Clemson was noted for its affordability. “Although its sticker price is higher than that of other schools on this list, Clemson is more affordable once financial aid is factored in,” the report said. “The university has the fifth lowest average net price for low-income students.” The estimated yearly tuition rate is $14,318 for Clemson.

The website’s survey, released earlier this month, credited Clemson for its 38 online programs and considerable flexibility. It also commended the university for retaining students and helping them advance toward graduation in six years or less.

“Students looking for online South Carolina degrees will find plenty of options at Clemson University,” the report said. “The school ranks third for the number of distance education programs it supports. Also notable is the university’s graduation rate, which is ranked second in the state.”

The report also said Clemson students graduate with lower debt levels relative to other South Carolina college graduates because of the amount of grant money available.

Clemson “ranks fifth for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees,” the report said. “Perhaps as a result of that, Clemson comes in fourth for the low median debt carried by graduates.”

The university, which has an admission rate of 51 percent, was also listed as one of the most exclusive of the Top 10 colleges in South Carolina. also spotlighted BJU for its affordability. The report said BJU ranks fifth for its average net price and ranks first for the low median debt carried by graduates.

BJU is also ranked first in the state in terms of its three-year loan repayment rate. Tuition and fees cost BJU students about $14,900 a year without financial aid, according to the university’s website.

“BJU is honored to be recognized for its affordability – both in its price and in the low debt students acquire while pursuing their college degree,” BJU President Steve Pettit said in a press release.

“We work every day to deliver affordable high-quality academic programs to students from across the United States and around the world,” he added.

BJU is a regionally accredited university with more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. The university has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. also commended BJU for its student support services.

“The university offers a number of support services to help students be successful,” the report said. “There are remedial classes for those who need to brush up on core skills, academic advising and career placement for those who earn their degree.”

The Top 10 four-year colleges in South Carolina: 

Source: “Best Schools 2017” report

  1. Clemson University
  2. Bob Jones University
  3. University of South Carolina – Columbia
  4. The Citadel
  5. Lander University
  6. North Greenville University
  7. Francis Marion University
  8. Coastal Carolina University
  9. Columbia International University
  10. University of South Carolina-Beaufort

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Elmhurst College Ranks Among State’s Best Value Colleges: Forbes

ELMHURST, IL — Elmhurst College has placed ninth among the top 10 schools in Illinois in this year’s Forbes magazine rankings of the country’s best values in higher education, according to a release from the school. Elmhurst College also placed in the top 13 percent of colleges and universities national.

The Forbes rankings, called “America’s Best Value Colleges 2017: 300 Schools Worth The Investment,” highlight where prospective college students can get the most out of their money and whether a particular college will deliver a meaningful return on investment, according to the release.

Forbes’ 2017 Best Value College ranking selected 300 schools nationally—out of the approximately 2,360 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.—that get you the most for your money, according to a release. To develop the list, Forbes used data collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard as well as PayScale, the world’s largest salary database. The rankings formula was based primarily on school quality, alumni mid-career earnings, student debt levels and on-time graduation success, as well as dropout risk rates and enrollment figures for Pell Grant recipients, according to a release.

According to the release, only 11 colleges and universities from Illinois made the list. Aside from Elmhurst, the list included the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois (the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses), Loyola University, Illinois Wesleyan University, DePaul University, Bradley University, Wheaton College and Illinois State University.

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Fairburn’s Telly Plummer includes Georgia Tech on Top 5 colleges

A 6-foot, 185 pound senior from Fairburn, Plummer cut Maryland, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia from his Top 10 list released on May 20.

This tool reveals what you’ll actually pay to go to elite colleges

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A new tool for calculating the cost of college hopes to cut down
on sticker shock.

MyinTuition is an online
questionnaire that produces an estimate for what families will
actually pay for a student’s yearly tuition — as opposed to the
stated price on the college or university’s website.

“By my calculation, something like 90% of households in the
United States would qualify for financial aid, which would bring
their price down below the $70,000 or the big numbers that you
typically hear,” Wellesley economics professor and MyinTuition
creator Phillip Levine
told WBUR

Too few families realize the sticker price isn’t what
they’ll end up paying, Levine found, so he created the platform
to demystify the experience of finding affordable

“This tool can be particularly helpful for students from
low- and middle-income families who may have misconceptions about
the true cost of higher- education opportunities,” the
MyinTuition site reads.
“The tool can show students and families that top colleges are
within reach for qualified students, regardless of their
financial situation.”

So far, the site lets students and families explore their
options at 15 schools around the US, including Dartmouth,
Columbia, Vassar, Amherst, and, of course, Wellesley.

Users input a number of demographic data to determine how much
financial aid they’re likely to receive. That includes whether
their parents are married or divorced, their parents’ combined
income, how much their house is worth, and the value of their
savings and retirement accounts.

At the end of the survey, MyinTuition spits out a Best, Low, and
High Estimate for how much parents and students will need to chip
in and how much need-based scholarship they can expect to

Over time, Levine hopes the tool can help high-achieving students
from low-income families increase their presence at elite

“Elite colleges miss too many high-achieving students who
never apply because of cost misconceptions,” the site reads.
“MyinTuition can demonstrate that a top college is within reach —
and it could even be the most affordable higher-education

Fairburn’s Telly Plummer includes Georgia Tech on Top 5 colleges list

A 6-foot, 185 pound senior from Fairburn, Plummer cut Maryland, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia from his Top 10 list released on May 20.

NBA’s Top Pick Another Miss for DC Area College Hoops

The Philadelphia 76ers made Markelle Fultz the top pick in last week’s NBA Draft, introducing another Washington, D.C.-area talent to the NBA hardwood.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Washington guard Markelle Fultz (20) is shown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz. Fultz is the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, June 22. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Just a few weeks after Maryland’s own Kevin Durant celebrated a championship with the Golden State Warriors and earned the Finals MVP award, another Prince George’s County-raised hooper was at the forefront of an NBA stage. Fultz’s rise from a unheralded guard at DeMatha High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., to a huge collegiate freshman campaign at the University of Washington, to top pick in the NBA draft is another notch in the belt for District basketball talent. But it is also another black mark against local college programs who have failed to secure blossoming local amateur high school talent in recent years.

Fultz, Durant, Michael Beasley and Carmelo Anthony were the last four freshmen to average over 20 points per game in NCAA competition, and they all played high school basketball in Maryland, yet none of them attended area colleges. Fultz starred for one season at University of Washington. Durant had a huge rookie campaign at the University of Texas. Anthony (Syracuse) and Beasley (Kansas State) both set records in their lone college seasons before declaring for the draft.

Maryland, Georgetown and Virginia are top basketball programs in the DMV region, but none have produced a top pick since Allen Iverson in 1996. The Washington Wizards drafted Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. third in 2013, but he was a star recruit from Missouri. The big-time talents simply aren’t playing for their hometown schools anymore—and that’s a serious problem for the area.

A NCAA study released in March found that Maryland produces the highest percentage of college basketball recruits of any state. But the top recruits are opting for out-of-state colleges, which has diluted college hoops in the area.

Watching former Gonzaga star Kris Jenkins sink the game-winning shot to power Villanova to their 2016 NCAA championship was just another dagger in the heart of local hoops fans. Would Jenkins have made a difference for Virginia in their 68-62 loss to Syracuse in the Elite Eight that same year? Probably. Syracuse had a few standouts in that game but received 11 points, six assists and four rebounds from unheralded swingman Michael Gbinije—who played his high school hoops for Benedictine High School in Richmond, Va. You can find top basketball recruits who grew up in the D.C. area at any college in the country—except colleges in the D.C. area.

There are a number of explanations as to why so much talent has escaped the District area during college recruitment. There are too many different variables to isolate one singular reason. Money? Academics? Exposure? A number of different components could factor in. Securing local talent is step one for any college coach in America, but the fact that local stars are electing to attend college far from home presents a perplexing problem for area universities. Georgetown, Virginia and Maryland are all great colleges, but they can’t seem to figure out why top talent can’t be kept at home.

Homeless college students a growing concern on campuses

Jennifer Carr knows she’s not the profile of a typical college student. The Detroit-area woman is 37 and has battled alcohol and heroin addiction. She’s also been homeless in the past and even now is categorized as someone who is precariously housed.

Carr’s story is not unusual. Studies suggest thousands of students at community colleges nationwide could be considered homeless or precariously housed, either because they have been thrown out of home, evicted, or sleep in a shelter, car or abandoned building.

“I didn’t have anywhere to go. I lived in my car. I didn’t have my job anymore and I got evicted from my apartment,” said Carr, who is in her first semester at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit. “I was ashamed I was living in my car.”

The few researchers who study the issue say there is scant data, but that they believe a surprisingly large number of college students are homeless. While some colleges have started to offer programs to help with housing or food needs, more needs to be done.

“For many people it’s a contradiction in terms — homeless college student,” said Paul Toro, psychology professor at Wayne State University. “If you’re a college student, you had to be with it enough to get yourself into college, so obviously you can’t be homeless.”

Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor at Temple University, in Philadelphia, recently released a homeless national survey taken at 70 community colleges across 24 states.

“We’re the third study to find either 13 or 14 percent, so it’s consistent,” Goldrick-Rab said. “But at the same time, my bigger concern, and the thing that staggers me a little bit, is thinking this could be an underestimate.”

She also found that a third of the 33,000 students surveyed said they were “food insecure.”

Goldrick-Rab is concerned the numbers could be higher because electronic surveys are not the best way to reach students. Response rates were only around 5 percent.

Toro is doing similar research in Detroit, where so far he has found about 5 percent of Wayne State students are homeless or precariously housed.

“Take Wayne State’s student population of around 30,000 and take 5 percent of it, you know, it’s a lot of people,” he said, “So you’re talking about 1,500 students, roughly, at Wayne State.”

Goldrick-Rab said a reason why the problem may go unreported is perception.

“We have sort of had this attitude of like, ‘The kids are all right,'” she said, “We framed it as the solution, right, we framed it as you want to get out of poverty you go to college. I think we falsely told ourselves, ‘Well you’d be out of poverty then when you went to college.’ You’re not, not until you complete the degree and often times not for years after that.”

Carr said the stigma needs to change.

“You need to talk about it more, I mean you can’t judge people,” Carr said. “There’s people that want it so bad, they want to go to school so bad that they’ll do anything, so we definitely need to talk about it.”

Another challenge for some students is they might not even have a bed at night because the local homeless shelter would run out of room while they’re in classes.

“I know students this is happening to and I have seen it in my research,” Goldrick-Rab said.

Barbara Duffield, executive director of a nonprofit group that promotes success for homeless children, said the problem can be fixed.

“At the K-12 level we have a very strong federal policy, a very strong program, that has clear requirements for what school districts need to do to identify these students to connect them to resources and to keep them stable in school,” said Duffield, of SchoolHouse Connection. “We don’t have a similar federal policy yet that really takes the concept of the K-12, you know, single point of contact somebody to help you navigate, and adapt it to post-secondary.”

Duffield said colleges in Michigan and Florida do have a point of contact or programs for homeless college students.

The Helping Individuals Go Higher program at Wayne State is one. The program was founded by Jacqueline Wilson, wife of Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson. It gives a one-time award ranging from $500 to $2,500 to help students in emergencies such as needing to buy food, clothing or making tuition and car payments. The awards are mostly funded through private donations.

There are similar programs at Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University.

Goldrick-Rab said more private charities or businesses should get involved with housing. She cited the Southern Scholarship Foundation in Florida, which for over 60 years has provided rent-free housing to homeless college students.

Carr, who is seven months sober and living in transitional housing, continues to pursue her education and eventually wants to study social work at Wayne State University.

“I just try to do what I need to do every day just to get up and go out and take care of stuff,” she said. “I don’t want to stay stuck. I want to move on.”

Gwinnett’s Stacks, Alexander earn spot rowing for Division I colleges

Mill Creek’s Sarah Stacks, left, and Peachtree Ridge’s Jennae Alexander are going to college this fall on rowing scholarships. Both members of the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association, Stacks is headed to Wisconsin and Alexander to Rhode Island. (Photos: Christine Troyke)

LSU ousts top seed Oregon State

OMAHA, Neb. – Nothing LSU encounters in the College World Series championship series will be any more daunting than the task the Tigers had to complete to get there.

The Tigers had to beat an Oregon State team that owned the most formidable record of any team in four decades, and they had to do it twice.

Caleb Gilbert held the No. 1 national seed Beavers to two hits in 71/3 innings, Michael Papierski homered from both sides of the plate and LSU won 6-1 on Saturday a day after beating them 3-1.

“To lose four games the entire season, and we beat them two days in a row, it’s hard to predict those things to happen, but that’s why you have to play the games,” Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said. “Our kids embraced the challenge.”

The Tigers (52-18) won their third straight elimination game and will play the Florida-TCU winner Saturday night in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday.

The Beavers (56-6) had a pair of 23-game winning streaks and finished the season with a .903 winning percentage – the best since Texas’ mark of .908 in 1982.

“It’s a tough day when you’ve had such a great year,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said. “Now is not the time to really think about that or talk about it, but I know there will be a time when they get to sit back and reflect and realize what they accomplished.”

Gilbert gave up an infield single and walk before Michael Gretler homered in the seventh. He struck out a career-high seven in his longest outing in his two seasons at LSU.

– Associated Press