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2010-11-16 11:05:00

The impact a specific schoolteacher has on students' math and reading scores "“ whether bad or good "“ fades quite fast, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of Michigan. A recent trend in public education is to measure teacher quality based on how the students fared on standardized tests compared to previous years. If most of Mr. Green's current 5th grade students score at a higher percentile than they did as 4th graders, then Mr....

2010-11-08 13:10:00

WGU's online master's degree programs selected for affordability and credibility SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Online education consumer group GetEducated.com, www.geteducated.com, has included Western Governors University's master's degrees in nursing in its list of the most affordable accredited online nursing schools. The reviewers ranked WGU as one of the top ten most affordable programs for graduate students seeking to further their nursing education online....

2010-10-28 11:31:00

WGU to Offer Tuition Discounts and Scholarships to Employees of NACHC's member Community Health Centers SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), www.nachc.com, and Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, are joining forces to make educational opportunities more affordable and accessible for nurses and health care workers in community health centers nationwide. The "Growing From Within" partnership has been...

2010-10-21 00:00:45

In these tough economic times, many are looking to go back to college and expand their skill sets so they can advance their careers through higher education. To help the record numbers of college applicants, My Colleges and Careers have created a new section of their blog dedicated to answering common questions students have when they are looking to go back to college. Miami Beach, FL (Vocus) October 20, 2010 In these tough economic times, many are looking to go back to college and expand...

2010-10-05 07:00:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Education Association (NEA) Academy has partnered with UMassOnline, Western Governors University and Walden University to provide Master's of Education degrees to NEA members. The agreement creates the first master's degree program offered through strategic alliances with the NEA. It adds to the Academy's extensive offerings of professional learning opportunities available to the association's 3.2 million members through the NEA...

2010-09-22 12:54:00

WGU Wins Sloan-C's 2010 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, the nation's only non-profit, fully online university, has received the 2010 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education from the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). Sloan-C, an association of institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, annually presents this award to an institution that...

2010-09-01 13:25:00

Non-profit, Online University Grows by More than 30% per Year Over the Past 5 Years SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, marked another major milestone in August as enrollment at the non-profit, online university passed the 20,000 mark. Founded by a bi-partisan group of western state governors, WGU enrolled its first student in 1999, and since then has grown by more than 30 percent per year. The competency-based university offers...

2010-08-27 10:43:00

www.wgu.edu SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Back to School" isn't just for kids these days--an ever-increasing number of adults are heading back to college to finish a degree or get an advanced degree. And, there's plenty of data to show that getting a college degree can be worthwhile--according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the July 2010 unemployment rate for individuals with bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees was 4.5%, while the overall unemployment rate...

2010-08-24 15:03:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Deseret News, Utah's oldest continually published daily newspaper, today introduced a new Editorial Advisory Board, the first of its kind in a media organization. The advisory board brings together a collection of thought leaders from around the country who will provide insight to the Deseret News. The formation of the editorial advisory board reflects an expansion of the Deseret News' efforts to provide an increasingly compelling experience to...

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2010-08-24 08:43:28

If you had a dinner invitation in Utah's Escalante Valley almost 10,000 years ago, you would have come just in time to try a new menu item: mush cooked from the flour of milled sage brush seeds. After five summers of meticulous excavation, Brigham Young University archaeologists are beginning to publish what they've learned from the "North Creek Shelter." It's the oldest known site occupied by humans in the southern half of Utah and one of only three such archaeological sites state-wide that...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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