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College Alternatives

5 Non-Traditional Education Systems Doers Should Consider

Chirag Kulkarni | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Chirag Kulkarni

Education doesn't have to be tedious, boring, and repetitive, but it should be a self-discovery process that encompasses not only your intellectual growth, but also your professional and personal development.

Taking a Gap Year to Change the World and Yourself

Brad Jamison | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Brad Jamison

I've been wondering lately if our traditional model of launching one's career - going directly from college into the workforce, maybe hitting grad school along the way - is the best approach out there.

The Rise of College Alternatives

Dan Schawbel | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Dan Schawbel

Today, a college degree comes with both student loans and career uncertainty. We used to count on college as the answer to the job market, but now we have to count on ourselves to take responsibility for our careers.

Rethinking the Promise of a College Degree

Blake Boles | Posted 10.20.2012 | College
Blake Boles

A statistical average provides meaningful information about a population, but not an individual. Just because many people find financial security through college doesn't mean you must also.

12 Ways to Educate Yourself Without College

Blake Boles | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Blake Boles

In an era of skyrocketing tuition fees, millions of students will find themselves unable or unwilling to finance the college package deal. Luckily, higher education doesn't have to be delivered by a college institution.

How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree

Blake Boles | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
Blake Boles

Going to college doesn't necessarily equal success, and skipping college doesn't necessarily equal failure. Let's do our 18-year-olds a favor: stop promoting this false dichotomy and start experimenting more with self-directed learning.

Stop Racing! Start Living! (It Works!)

Kenneth Danford | Posted 07.01.2012 | Education
Kenneth Danford

I realized that the stereotypes and fears I had as a teacher about homeschoolers were all wrong. These teens are informed, well-socialized, involved in their communities, and all-around mature beyond their years.

For the Have-Nots, the Rocky Road Through College

Jeff Selingo | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

As some expensive private colleges compete to fill their seats and cash-strapped public colleges look for ways to handle more students, today's emerging providers will get a second look by college leaders and students seeking quality alternatives.

Can't Afford College? Consider These 5 Alternative Paths to Your Career

Amanda Krauss | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Amanda Krauss

Now that I'm in the tech sector, I work with plenty of successful people who don't have degrees at all. So let me save you the time -- up to four years -- and tell you what I've learned outside the classroom.