How to Create a Degree Plan Strategy in 3 Steps

Have you ever played Tetris?

In this classic video game, geometric shapes comprised of four square blocks fall at random while each piece must fit into a corresponding open slot to eliminate a row.

Creating a degree plan works in a similar way. 

Instead of falling shapes, you will use transfer credits, exams and other prior learning assessment (PLA) methods to fill as many slots as possible to complete the requirements of your degree.

Then, you will take online courses to fill in the rest of the slots.

This is what’s known as a degree plan strategy. At traditional schools, students typically only identify the courses that they hope to register for in the next semester. As an adult learner with credits already earned and knowledge you can leverage for credit, you can plan more long range than the upcoming term and identify any number of methods, opportunities or courses to take in the future for earning those remaining credits.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Advising

The Ultimate TESU Glossary: 97 Common Terms Explained for Students

Have you ever been confused by a term used at the University? Whether you are finishing your degree or coming to college for the first time, it may feel overwhelming when you don’t understand what is being communicated. After all, terms that may mean one thing at your first college may mean something different at Thomas Edison. 

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Transferring College Credit, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Mentors, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Advising, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Applying

How the Academic Evaluation Process Works: Everything You Need to Know

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You’ve filled out the application, been accepted and forwarded your transcripts to the University.

And now, you wait to see what transferred.

But why do you have to wait at all?

Since your evaluation is designed as a roadmap to degree completion, it is an ever-evolving review of credits that shows you what requirements have been fulfilled or still remain to complete your degree. So while your evaluation is not an official transcript, it documents your entire degree program.

So from the moment the Office of the Registrar receives your transcripts, your personalized Academic Evaluation has a long journey to confirm your credits before it posts to your Online Student Services account.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Advising

What is a Credit Hour Residency Requirement and How Do I Know If I Have One?

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Credit Hour Residency Requirement. As a student, you probably heard this term used before. Maybe you even saw it on your academic evaluation. In any case, you may be unsure about one thing: What does it actually mean for me?

At Thomas Edison State University, a credit hour residency requirement is an academic requirement that can be fulfilled by taking courses offered by the University.  

Once you know what this requirement is and if you have it, you can figure out how to go about fulfilling it.

Topics: Taking Courses, Advising

A Beginner’s Guide to the Academic Advising Video Chat Option

Until you can meet with an academic advisor via hologram or teleportation, you can get advising help through the next best thing: live, video web conferencing. 

Similar to a web conference at work or with your proctor during an online exam, the Office of Academic Advising launched a new video conferencing appointment option this past winter. The interactive video-based chat service offers advising help in real-time. All you need for your appointment is a webcam, speaker, microphone and reliable Internet connection.

Topics: Advising

4 Rules for Success in an Online Nursing Program

Written by Maggie Ciocco MS, RN, BC; Ritamarie Giosa MSN, RN, CPN; Lisa Harris PhDc, MSN, MBA, RN; and Holly Leahan MSN, RN, CMSRN

This article originally appeared in Advance for Nurses.

There is no doubt that education plays a key role in helping nurses provide better patient care and advance in their careers. However, for many working nurses, finding time to continue their education can be a challenge. In response, countless RNs have chosen online learning for the convenience, flexibility and efficiency they need to move forward in their nursing careers.

If you are considering an online nursing program, knowing what it takes to thrive in this environment can be fundamental to your success. As experienced advisors who respond to the concerns of more than 2,500 nurses in the University’s online RN/BSN-MSN program, we have four suggestions for success if you are considering an online nursing program. 

 

Topics: Advising, Nursing

7 Surprising Courses That Fulfill Your General Education Degree Requirements

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Man’s best friend is also his best study buddy in the Biology and Behavior of Dogs.

When you think of general education requirements, do courses like math, English composition and science come to mind?

Almost every college or university has specific program requirements you must complete to earn your degree. But many students question why they have to take these classes at all if their area of study is in a completely unrelated field.

Enter the general education curriculum. It was developed to give students a well-rounded, working knowledge in a variety of disciplines. These courses (unrelated to your concentration) will help you develop skills necessary to succeed in any environment, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication and more. In reality, to advance your career, you need an integrative knowledge of multiple things. Not just your area of study.  

Topics: Taking Courses, Advising

9 Things No One Tells You About Choosing College Electives

Does a course about Children’s Literature sound fascinating? Or perhaps the Dog Behavior and Biology course interests you while you struggle to house train your own Spot or Fido?

One of the many benefits of college is that you have the flexibility to choose what you want to learn. Electives allow you to be picky and select college courses that fulfill a general education requirement, help boost your GPA or interest you “just because.” Or they may give you the opportunity to explore new hobbies and develop desirable career skills and abilities. However, your elective choices can be limited, or even nonexistent, if you don’t have the right degree plan and make the wrong course decisions. It all depends on which credits successfully transfer, your degree requirements and what you ultimately want to do. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that you can take electives that meet your personal goals, passions and degree needs.

Topics: Taking Courses, Transferring College Credit, Advising

Nobody Ever Told Me That: The Academic Evaluation

Nobody Ever Told Me That: The Academic Evaluation

When it comes to your academic evaluation, have you ever thought, “Hey, nobody ever told me that”? Your customized academic program evaluation is an invaluable planning tool that shows you where your previously earned credit, like transfer credit and/or licenses/certifications, will fit into your degree, so you can see what courses you have left to take. It is organized into the different requirements needed to earn your degree (i.e. General Education, Area of Study, Free Electives), and as each requirement is fulfilled, the credit will appear with the corresponding grade.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Advising

10 Quick Tips to Easily Solve Your Biggest Technical Issues

The online learning environment can be a demanding one. Even with the latest advances in technology, we all run into glitches but still want them solved… yesterday. Save yourself a couple of HelpDesk tickets and frantic phone calls with these 10 foolproof resolutions to your technical issues.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Advising