New Job Forecast Shows Good News for Cybersecurity Professionals

With the increased sophistication of technology, cybersecurity threats to computer systems, infrastructures and other assets will continue to grow in impact, scale, scope and complexity, and employers everywhere are finding they are not ready to handle a cyberattack if it were to occur.

Recent surveys underscore the skills gap and workplace shortages in cybersecurity in the U.S. and around the world.

The 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study, an international survey of nearly 14,000 information security professionals published by ISC2, estimates the shortfall in the global security workforce to reach 1.5 million by 2020. In addition, 86 percent of respondents to the ISACA’s 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report, which surveyed more than 3,400 ISACA members, identified a technical and operational skills gap, and 92 percent of respondents planning to hire more information security professionals said they expect to have difficulty finding skilled candidates.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs

11 of the Most Common Capstone Course Questions Answered

You already know what a Capstone course is.

You just have no idea what to do about it.

Many students get confused when it comes to the Capstone. Is it a research paper? Not exactly; it is much more than that. Although you are the researcher, the Capstone goes beyond the mere collection of information. Instead, you will demonstrate the skills learned in your undergraduate studies to solve a problem based upon certain assumptions related to your topic. That means you will conduct your own field research and collect primary source data to create a scholarly, academic project that supports an argumentative thesis statement or major question with new work and ideas.

In a nutshell: this is a course unlike any other you have taken.

Topics: Taking Courses

Do You Really Need a BSN Degree?

For decades, the most common path to become a registered nurse was to earn an associate degree. In fact, up until 2010-2011, the latest data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, shows that almost half of new nurses still graduated with less than a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

However, trends in nurse employment and education have shifted since 2011, and the bachelor’s degree has emerged as the most accepted academic credential for registered nurses. Take the Bureau of Labor Statistics for instance: they now list a bachelor’s degree as the entry for qualification for professional nurses, replacing the two-year diploma and associate degree.

Topics: Nursing

How to Register for Your First Online Course [Video Tutorial]

Feel intimidated by the idea of registering for your first college courses? Are you worried about where you’re supposed to go or what you’re supposed to do?

In reality, registering for an online course is much less complicated than you might think because you already did the heavy lifting. You decided which subjects to start with, selected electives that piqued your interest, reviewed which course methods fit your learning style and determined how many courses you plan to take this year. Decision making was the hard part; the course registration process is smooth sailing from here.

Topics: Taking Courses

Beginner’s Guide: 6 Essential Ways to Transfer College Credits

If you could finish your degree in half the time – without sacrificing work and family commitments - would you be interested?  

Transferring in previously earned credit is the secret to finishing your degree on time, or even earlier than expected. You may have earned credit from community colleges and/or other 4-year institutions, completed military training, hold current licenses and certifications as part of your profession, and more. These existing credits will be included in your customized academic evaluation, a valuable tool to help determine what courses you have left to earn your degree. To reach your degree goals as quickly and efficiently as possible, take advantage of these six essential ways to transfer the college credit you earned.   

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transferring College Credit, Credit by Exam

3 Tech Tools for an Engaging Online Learning Experience

Technology has improved our lives in many ways over the years – various gadgets, apps, websites and devices help to make us more efficient and productive at home and in the workplace. This technology also allows us to instantly connect with others across continents in real time, changing the way we communicate. Especially with the rise of social media and popular networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, using this technology has become a way of life. It’s actually hard to remember a time when this kind of software or access to information did not exist.

Topics: Taking Courses

How to Answer Multiple-Choice Questions: What Exam Creators Wish You Knew

Picture a writer of multiple-choice exam questions. Who do you see? Someone who cackles with glee when she comes up with a really tricky question? Or maybe Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, muttering “Eeeexcellent” when he sees a question that has no answer?

You’ll be relieved to know that these are not the people who create your course exams. In fact, trick questions can ruin the day of an exam developer; we loathe trick questions and avoid them at all costs. This means that we avoid questions with double negatives, ambiguous meanings, no clear answer, two correct answers when there should be one, overlapping answers and many other problems.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

Alumni, Alumnae, Alumnus, Alumna: What’s the Difference? [Infographic]

Blame it on the English language.

Not only is it filled with complex grammar, vocabulary and spelling rules and exceptions, but it also has a habit of importing words from other languages.

Because of their Latin origins, traditional words for graduates like alumni, alumnae, alumnus and alumna are often misused by English speakers unfamiliar with the rules of this classical language. These nouns retain their Latin roots and change depending on gender and number.  

Topics: Graduation

The One Thing That Could Affect Your Eligibility for Financial Aid

Once you make it back to college, the last thing you need is another obstacle or unnecessary surprise on your way to a degree - especially when it comes to financial aid.

Unfortunately, most students forget to pay attention to one major thing when it comes to federal student aid, and it’s a costly and time-consuming mistake that often impacts their eligibility.

To be considered eligible for federal financial aid funds, students are expected to participate and fully engage in all academically related activities. But what is considered an “academically related activity?”

Topics: Scholarships and Financial Aid

5 Unusual and Fast-Paced Accounting Jobs That Pay Big

It is no secret that accounting professionals are in demand.

After earning a bachelor's degree in accounting, most people looking to enter the field go a common, traditional route. Some start off as staff accountants, while others may find themselves in more of a clerk or auditor role. And then there are those few that will sit for the number of exams required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

But you do not have to be like most people. If you’re looking for a change of pace, consider these five unconventional accounting careers that offer a high-energy environment in the world of number crunching.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs