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: Transfer Credit, Going Back to College, Advising

7 Ways to Earn College Credit That Don’t Include Traditional Online Courses

Did you know that in just last year alone, TESU students received 273,753 credits toward their degrees that didn’t involve a single traditional online course?

That’s more than enough credits for a lifetime, for 1,000 lifetimes. Suddenly, fulfilling 120 credits for a bachelor's degree seems doable.

The truth is, almost 85 percent of the TESU student body is 25 or older, and so it makes sense that you may have acquired college-level knowledge outside of the classroom that might be worth college credit.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Transfer Credit, Credit by Exam

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, Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Transfer Credit, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Mentors, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Advising, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Applying

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?  

The secret? Transferring in previously earned college credit, which can help you finish your degree on time, or even earlier than expected.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Transfer Credit, Credit by Exam

How to Transfer From Community College to a University in 7 Easy Steps

Transferring from a two-year to a four-year college can feel like a big leap. Like most students, you may have some hesitations and questions.

What needs to be done?

How can I make the transfer process as smooth as possible?

What can I do to make sure I’m on the right track to earn a bachelor’s degree?

These questions are not uncommon.

As a graduate with an associate degree from a New Jersey community college, the Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement guarantees your degree will be fully transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at any New Jersey public four-year institution. While this agreement can take some of the guesswork out of transferring to Thomas Edison State University, you still want to ensure you’re making the right decisions for you.

Topics: Transfer Credit, Applying

A Beginner's Guide To Sending College Transcripts

Your transcripts from any other institutions you have attended are critical to your application. They can boost your candidacy for a competitive program, and allow you to transfer college credit that you have already earned and apply it to a new degree program.

The process of sending transcripts may seem confusing, and it may appear as if there’s a lot of effort involved to submit just one. Add the fact that there are many sources from which you can send a variety of transcripts. Whatever the reasons, many students forget, or just don’t bother to properly send one or more of their transcripts.

Topics: Transfer Credit, Going Back to College

5 Fundamental Rules for Transferring College Credit

Transferring credits not only means a shorter time to degree completion, but also less strain on your wallet. But figuring out on your own which credits are transferrable is not always possible. Meanwhile, requesting transcripts from any colleges and universities you previously attended can seem time consuming. At times, it’s hard to keep track of it all. So how can you make the transfer process as simple as possible?

Topics: Transfer Credit, Going Back to College

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: Transfer Credit, Going Back to College, Advising

Can Your FAA Certifications Get You College Credit?

It is no secret that the aviation industry is highly competitive. Earning an FAA certification requires years of theoretical application and practical experience, combined with a healthy dose of resolve and determination. But as the field constantly improves and evolves, it has become increasingly important for professionals to gain qualifications above and beyond other applicants.

Whether you have developed a taste for management, training, flight safety or projects, there are a multitude of career paths in the aviation industry. If you want to take advantage of these opportunities, however, your aviation-specific skills and valid certifications are just the beginning. If you have applied years of hard work toward your aviation career, your credentials can earn you college credit and a head start in the competition.

Topics: Transfer Credit, Aviation

7 Ways to Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

Remember when you were that fresh-faced teen who just graduated from high school with no experience or understanding of the world? 

Today, things are probably much different for you as an adult. Maybe you run your own business, supervise employees or manage corporate finances. Perhaps you’ve dedicated your career to law enforcement or child care. Maybe you are an accomplished musician or have a background in computer programming.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Transfer Credit, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College