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The 16 Rules of Modern Etiquette

1. Never come to visit without a call.

If you’ve ever gotten a surprise visit, you might have been caught off-guard wearing a robe and slippers. One British lady liked to say that when she saw an unexpected guest, she would put shoes on, take a hat, and grab an umbrella. If the person was pleasant, she exclaimed: “Ah well, I just came!”. If not, she said: ’Ah, what a pity I should go!’


Consider Employer Partnerships in Online Degree Programs

When Matt Tharp researched online MBA programs, employment prospects were a priority.

He eventually selected the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University—Bloomington – not just because of its robust career services, he says, but also for its strong reputation with employers.

“Employers already showed up routinely to recruit full-time students, and the ability to leverage that was one place that was of value,” says the 28-year-old Illinois resident, who recently accepted a consulting job offer and expects to graduate this year.

Whether prospective students seek a career change or plan to stay in their current field, experts say assessing an online degree program’s employer partnerships can be beneficial – especially as career aspirations remain the primary reason students pursue a degree online, according to a 2016 survey from the Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.

Through partnerships, a company might, for example, host virtual networking and recruiting events for online students. In turn, the university might offer discounted tuition, job-focused course material and a simplified application process to the company’s employees.

Sometimes, experts say, employers even provide input on the curriculum to ensure the program meets career needs – especially in online, competency-based programs, which focus on developing concrete job-specific skills.


Today’s employers more frequently partner with online degree programs than in the past as respectable schools launch online options, says Ramesh Venkataraman, chairman of the online MBA and business master’s programs at Kelley.

“More and more of the companies are realizing that there’s a talent pool that they have not always tapped,” Venkataraman says. “Since competition for talent is always so tough, especially top talent, some more forward-looking companies are actually realizing that this is actually a competitive advantage for them.”

“When we get to start working with an employer, we’ll find out what their core needs are,” says Jennifer Lasater, vice president of employer and career services at the for-profit Kaplan University, which delivers many degrees online. “Obviously when they’re coming to us, a lot of times they’re looking to hire, but there could be additional benefits, like posting jobs for students, having online information sessions with us.”

These partnerships are common at the for-profit Strayer University, which grants online degrees and where several thousand students enroll with reduced or covered tuition from employers across multiple industries, says Karl McDonnell, chief executive officer at Strayer Education, Inc.


Assessing a program’s employer partnerships not only benefits online students planning to switch careers entirely, but also those want to stay where they are for the time being, experts say.

“You may be very happy with your employer right now,” says Corinne Snell, assistant dean for student professional development at the Temple University Fox School of Business, which has an online MBA program. “But perhaps down the road you might want to consider different growth opportunities.”

Laurie Ryan, a bachelor’s student at Drexel University Online, received a substantial tuition discount when she enrolled – both for herself and her daughter, who’s also a student. That’s because Beebe Healthcare, where she works as an employee health and benefits assistant, has a partnership with Drexel.

“As you can imagine, working full time, trying to pay your bills, trying to put your kid through school – 40 percent knocked off of your tuition right off the top is just huge for us,” Ryan says.

There are a few ways prospective online students can research employer partnerships. Those who are already working can consult human resources at their company to find out about employer relationships, says Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel University Online, which partners with about 1,000 employers.

Those aiming to switch career fields or companies can also reach out to potential online programs and ask about the school’s relationships with different types of organizations and where alumni work, Aldridge says. Experts say many programs will list their employer partnerships online, and many companies list academic partnerships.

Beyond that, prospective online students should research the online faculty to understand possible networking connections, says Glenn Williamson, faculty director of the master’s in real estate program, which is offered online, at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.


“That gives them a sense of what kind of insight they might be able to pick up through the program,” he says, “and how the insights could help them through their future networking as well.”

But Shannon Gallo, manager of career services at the CUNY School for Professional Studies, which offers online degrees, says evaluating a program’s career and professional development services in general and their availability to online students is more essential than researching specific relationships.

“I think it’s more important for a student to look at how they would be supported in their own job search efforts, whatever they may be,” she says.


Ask 3 Career Questions When Choosing an Online Program

Pursuing a degree online can be a great solution for those who cannot attend an on-campus program. I decided to pursue my MBA while living abroad in Saudi Arabia as a way to advance my career – and because class sessions for the U.S. program were held late at night for me, minimizing the effect on my family.

But before you embark on this journey, you need to determine what your career objectives are and if the online programs you are considering will fulfill those needs. Here are three career-related questions to ask before pursuing an online education.

1. What field do you want to pursue, and what credentials do you need? It’s important to determine your main objectives for pursuing an online degree and your career expectations for once you graduate. Consider whether potential programs meet both of these criteria.

On that note, you should determine the academic credentials necessary to either advance your position at your current company or change careers. Though you might need an online degree to truly expand your network and career trajectory, you may be able to accomplish your needed training through a lower-cost certification program or another credential.

[Discover 10 types of credentials you can earn online.]

I chose to pursue my degree through the MBA@UNC program because of the strength of the alumni network, its high ranking and the job placement numbers. Those figures – which you can get from career services – will give you an idea of a program’s ability to help you find employment, or to improve your negotiation skills and resume if you are looking to advance in your current role.

2. How much does it cost, and how much would you make? You should research and weigh the expected salary increase you anticipate receiving after completing the online program versus the overall program cost. Are the long-term career salary benefits great enough to justify the cost of the online program you are interested in?

Approach this as you would being asked in a job interview about expected salary. Be conservative with your anticipated expected salary increase so that you do not overinflate your expected returns and make a poor long-term decision.

3. Can you balance your current career with your online education? Online programs require many hours of work a week during the semester. So, when evaluating your level of interest and availability – especially if you have a job – take that into account.

[Explore the weekly number of hours online students study.]

Succeeding in an online program requires more self-discipline than a traditional program requires. In my experience, you need to be adept at time management and work delegation. If you live outside of the time zone of the program you are pursuing, as I do, you may need to even be able to manage long-term sleep deprivation – my program took 27 months to complete – and ensure you are equipped to handle the course load without it hurting your performance at work.

The takeaway: Online programs can be very rewarding in advancing your career and providing you the flexibility to pursue a degree. However, you need to carefully consider your motivations and expectations for the degree as well as your true level of commitment to complete the program.


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How to Describe Medical Symptoms to Your Doctors

When it comes to describing medical symptoms – from sharp chest pains to sudden mood swings – the patient is the go-to member for the entire health care team.Unlike signs picked up on physical exams or laboratory results, symptoms are what you experience firsthand and concern you enough to seek health care in the first place.By explaining symptoms clearly, you help your doctor make the right diagnosis and develop the best treatment plan. So when it comes to describing symptoms, don’t be shy – dive right in and go into detail.

You don’t need to use medical jargon to be understood.
“It’s important for patients to describe things in their own words, not to try to use medical terms or what the doctor is expecting to hear, but to use their own language,” says Barrett Levesque, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the UC San Diego Health System Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.Michael Klinkman, a professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, agrees that patients shouldn’t try to sound like doctors. “They just need to sound like people. ‘My stomach hurts and it’s really bad and I’m worried about it.’ Now, that’s a place to start from,” Klinkman says.Presenting a symptom with a strong analogy can be a good way to go.“When patients say something like, ‘I’m having this headache and it feels like a hammer going off and beating on the one side of my skull,’ I remember that description vividly,” he says. “In one sentence, it tells me that it’s unilateral – on one side of the head – and it’s a throbbing, pounding headache; it might wind up being a cluster headache, just because of that description.”The basics of symptoms include how they feel, their location in the body (if physical), severity, how often they occur and how long they’ve been happening. Also consider whether they’re associated with a certain activity, specific injury, time of day, food or drink, or any other triggers or patterns you’ve picked up on.

Levesque says that for many patients, “it could be a recent trip that might have set something off, stressors, medications they’re taking, family history – all are important to learn about, because it puts their symptoms in context.”Among his patients with inflammatory bowel disease, he wants to know how their lives are affected: “Are they missing days at work? Or they can’t go out at night with their friends on the weekend because it’s always that they need to find a restroom? Or even the simple fact of the troubles they have driving into work, because they have to know where each gas station is.”Don’t hesitate to mention symptoms even if they seem embarrassing or less than urgent.“If somebody’s having bleeding in their bowel movements and not talking about [that], it can be difficult to make a diagnosis,” Levesque says. Or “leaving out something like extensive weight loss, for example, that might need additional tests to get to the answer.”You can communicate with more confidence by preparing in advance, says Penney Cowan, executive director of the American Chronic Pain Association. Her organization offers online tools, including a sheet where patients briefly explain why they’re going to the visit, new symptoms they’ve had since their last visit, how things have improved and any questions they have.

“Now they’re prepared,” Cowan says. “You have to be organized because it’s very intimidating in front of your provider.”By all means, make a list of concerns, but keep it short and focused, Klinkman advises. Too long a list can obscure what’s most significant and drain away precious office visit time.“That’s another thing that we kind of cringe about as physicians, because it’s been so hard for patients to get their appointment with me,” Klinkman says. “[Then] they have a list of 15 or 20 things they want to know about, and they start going down the list.” .Attention-grabbing phrases include “I’m worried about this” or “This is concerning to me,” he says. “After you’ve said the two or three things that are really most important, then you might want to ask your doctor something like, ‘Does that make sense to you?’ or get him to engage back with you.”For his part, Levesque has found some people “may minimize their symptoms because that might just be their personality,” but he warns that if patients say they feel better than they really do, it can affect how doctors interpret their test results.

“It’s helpful sometimes for patients for us to give them some language,” he says, by suggesting, for instance, descriptive terms like “watery” or “oatmeal” for bowel movements.Other patients have no trouble describing their symptoms in full, Levesque notes, including creative use of technology. “Patients have even become comfortable taking pictures of the toilet to give a view of what they’ve been going through,” he says.When you give health care providers a good rundown of your symptoms, it can help them make important connections, Klinkman says.“When we hear something like ‘I’m having these abdominal pains and they come on when I’m stressed, and they bother me every day with no specific pattern,’ we can see pretty quickly that it doesn’t sound like the common medical causes for abdominal pain. It doesn’t sound like an ulcer or gallbladder disease,” or other causes, he says. “But it may be that somebody’s expressing their anxiety or distress through more somatic or body-focused symptoms Someone with a condition like fibromyalgia or arthritis could go onto the American Chronic Pain Association site to maintain an interactive pain log. While the log includes the standard “rate your pain on a scale from one to 10,” it drills a lot deeper, allowing patients to concisely self-assess measures such as stress, exercise, sleep, fear of the pain, mood and isolation. Patients can then share these logs with their health team.When it comes to describing your symptoms, “It’s important to realize that it’s a partnership,” Levesque says. “Doctors will help patients sort out their symptoms and address which ones we can alleviate and which ones there could be solutions [for] outside of medicine, such as dietary changes, rest, exercise, social support – all these things that are part of healthy living – that can be addressed as well.”

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5 Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017

Online students: There’s a lot in store for you in 2017.
In the past few years, more students enrolled in online courses, more organizations offered alternative credentials such as digital badges and nanodegrees and more employers accepted online degrees from job candidates. Here are five trends experts say students might see in online education in 2017.
1. Greater emphasis on nontraditional credentials: Companies in recent years have started offering credentials other than degrees to online learners, ranging from digital badges to showcase achievements, to various certificate programs that highlight skills. In 2017, many experts predict, colleges and universities will become more involved in granting what are often referred to as “microcredentials.” At universities, “I think there’s going to be more focus on how to best serve individuals, whether they are new to education or whether they are returning professionals seeking different credentials or different learning experiences,” says Karen Pedersen, chief knowledge officer for the Online Learning Consortium, a group that aims to improve online higher education worldwide. The massive open online course, or MOOC, provider edX expects to launch more MicroMasters programs in partnership with universities worldwide, for example, a company spokeswoman says. Students complete a portion of a graduate degree through MOOCs and can then apply to finish the full curriculum on campus at a lower total cost. The U.S. Department of Education is also in the process of reviewing federal financial aid opportunities for low-income students in some non-degree programs such as coding boot camps, through eight partnerships between universities and organizations.
2. Increased use of big data to measure student performance: Because online students complete their coursework virtually, course providers and universities are collecting data “in really kind of remarkable quantities,” says Richard DeMillo, executive director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for 21st Century Universities, which tracks technology innovations in higher education. This year, faculty will increasingly analyze real-time data to measure, improve and predict how their students perform, says Jill Buban, OLC’s senior director of research and innovation. That will allow them to tailor curriculums to meet online students’ needs and provide support. “For faculty members to be able to see whether or not a student has logged in, whether or not a student has participated that week, can really help them in assessing whether a student is on track,” Buban says.
3. Greater incorporation of artificial intelligence into classes: In an online course at Georgia Tech last year in artificial intelligence, the professor used a virtual teaching assistant – named “Jill Watson” – to communicate with students. Many of the students, DeMillo says, didn’t even realize they were chatting with a computer. Some experts, including DeMillo, foresee artificial intelligence becoming more widely used to provide student assistance and improve support.
4. Growth of nonprofit online programs: Prospective students will have more nonprofit online program options this year as well-known universities offer more and different kinds of programs, experts predict. Enrollment in for-profit programs will probably continue to fall. Given that trend, more students will be able to get an online degree from a well-respected nonprofit institution, which many employers prefer over for-profit degrees. Robert Hansen, chief executive officer for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which serves more than 400 institutions, says nonprofit colleges and universities are working to catch up and meet the demand for online programs that was once satisfied primarily by for-profit institutions.
5. Online degrees in surprising and specialized disciplines: Fields such as business, nursing, cybersecurity and data analytics, among others, will probably remain among the more popular in online education. But Chip Paucek, CEO of 2U, a company that partners with universities to launch online graduate degrees, says to expect more efforts among schools in 2017 to launch degree programs in disciplines that might not initially seem suited for online learning. Currently in the works for 2U: an occupational therapy online doctoral program with New York University, for instance. In collaboration with the Syracuse University College of Law, 2U is also planning a partially online J.D. program pending American Bar Association approval. If that process is successful, Syracuse would be one of just a few blended options. As online learning continues to attract career changers, some experts say more degrees offered online in 2017 will focus on specialized areas – such as a bachelor’s in real estate or marketing rather than business administration. “They have to establish why their degrees are better and how they’re better,” says Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois—Springfield, who also directs UPCEA’s Center for Online Leadership. “A key way to do that is to focus on a smaller slice of the field.”
Trying to fund your online education? Get tips and more in the U.S. News Paying for Online Education center.


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Robots in White Coats and Stethoscopes

If the next physician you see has a robotic bedside manner, it could be for good reason: That doctor might actually be a robot. Surgical robots that help perform delicate, minimally invasive procedures have been around for more than 15 years. Now, telemedicine robots are roving through emergency rooms, allowing remote specialists to rapidly assess and diagnose patients experiencing strokes when every second counts. Here’s a glimpse at how robotic devices add another dimension to health care.
Tele-stroke networks allow patients at satellite facilities, for instance an isolated rural hospital, to receive immediate consultations from specialists based at major medical centers, says Gerry Popolow, vice president for international client services with InTouch Health, which implements and manages a global tele-stroke network and makes a range of health-care robotic devices.
One such network hub is Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, with 37 member hospitals. “There’s a specialty neurologist – a tele-stroke neurologist – on call at the big hospital,” Popolow says. “And their response time is amazing, which is vitally important because in stroke treatment, physicians say, ‘Time is brain.’” This network covers the three-state area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Robot-assisted care can start at home, as paramedics respond to an emergency call. A portable device, the Xpress, allows first responders to quickly connect a patient with a physician in the emergency department. That physician uses patient-provider access software – installed on a laptop, iPad or iPhone – to get an instant read on the patient’s condition.
From the patient’s perspective, Popolow says, this portable device looks like a computer screen showing the doctor’s face, but it’s much more sophisticated. “It is robotic in that the physician is able to have the opportunity to monitor the patient’s vital signs,” she says. “The EMT attaches diagnostic devices in the ambulance to the robot. It is robotic in that the physician in the emergency room is able to move the high-resolution camera in the device to zoom, pan and tilt to assess the patient – just as if they were in the ambulance. The patient experiences the doctor’s face and voice in a very natural way so the patient feels as if they are talking to a real person. And very importantly, the connectivity is very reliable.”
Through that connection, the doctor asks patients how they feel and what symptoms they’re having while viewing the patient – learning enough to make a diagnosis. That way, the right treatment can be started as soon as possible.
At the hospital, the ER team might include the life-size, 5-foot-6-inch “Vita” robot. “It’s moving around, controlled by the physician or automatically programmed to move about the emergency room to specific bedsides,” Popolow says. “That’s when the patient is seeing something that really looks like a robot to them.”
With navigation enabled by scanning systems, similar to operating a self-driving car, and sophisticated cameras, the robot allows the operator to zoom in and examine key stroke signs like pupil reactions. The robot transmits data from the ER, as well as images and other test results available in the tele-stroke data cloud. This allows instant access to the patient’s electronic medical record, real-time vital signs and other health monitors to enable the on-call, off-site specialist to give a diagnostic and treatment opinion from his or her remote location.
Growing Networks
Tele-stroke capabilities exist at Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and more than 1,500 other large and small hospitals throughout the world, Popolow says. Cost-efficiency, as always, is an issue. “In the U.S., we lease our solutions to hospital systems, and depending on the complexity of the requirement, these [costs] range from hundreds of dollars per month to thousands,” Popolow says. Compared to the expense of hiring a full-time specialist for individual hospitals, she says, that’s “a fraction of the cost.”


More Veterans Use GI Bill Benefits to Study Overseas

From the Philippines to Iceland, an increasing number of U.S. military veterans are heading overseas to complete degrees at global universities, thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Many veterans say appealing aspects of studying at an overseas college include learning another language and receiving cheaper tuition, thanks in part to the exchange rate.
U.S. Navy veteran Stephen Evans, 26, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, is studying for an undergraduate degree, referred to as a Master of Arts, at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. While searching for universities on the Department of Veterans Affairs website, he was surprised to find that he could use the benefits overseas.
“I decided to study in Scotland because I preferred their educational system to that of the U.S.,” he said via email. “Here, we are not required to take ‘core curriculum’ classes such as math, English, history and science, but instead have the opportunity to explore whatever subject matter the university offers as long as we take the required credit amount.”
Henry R. Charles, 31, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2011, is completing a Master of Science in international transport at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales.
Charles says he chose Cardiff University because the one-year postgraduate specialty degree was shorter than any equivalent in the U.S., helping to maximize his three years of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
The VA’s list of approved international colleges now includes around 1,800 universities or training schools in more than 100 countries, says Curtis L. Coy, VA deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity. Countries include Colombia in South America, Romania in Europe and New Zealand.
According to VA statistics, 2,007 Post-9/11 GI Bill students pursued either undergraduate or postgraduate degrees overseas in fiscal year 2015 compared with 806 in fiscal year 2010. Popular countries included the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany and various other countries in Europe.
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Choosing a University

U.S. veterans interested in pursuing an international education can either use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to review the VA’s approved list of universities or search for a specific college through the Web Enabled Approval Management System Institution Search. Both tools are available on the VA website. The GI Bill Comparison Tool also helps veterans determine which benefits package is most suitable for them, including whether the package will provide enough money to study overseas. Veterans will need to account for a country’s exchange rate in their calculations. If a veteran’s preferred college is not on the approved list, he or she can apply to have the school added, provided it meets the VA’s eligibility requirements. One of the main requirements is that any training at a foreign school must be at an institution of higher learning that will result in a college degree or equivalent, according to the VA’s website. If eligible, the VA will issue the veteran a Certificate of Eligibility, which shows the quantity and duration of benefits; veterans should obtain this before enrolling at a foreign university. Xiangyu (Sheila) Wu, international enrolment services officer at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, says that once veterans know if the foreign university is VA-approved, they should complete the school’s application process. She says, ideally, those applying to foreign colleges should submit applications for their GI Bill benefits between three to six months prior to school starting. Coy from the VA says the Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to $21,000 in tuition per year at approved foreign colleges, about $1,500 per month for housing and $1,000 annually for books.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill, which replaced the Montgomery GI Bill in 2009, has also opened up global education opportunities to eligible veterans’ family members. Active-duty service members must plan to complete 10 years of service to be eligible to transfer some or all of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a spouse or children. Coy says that after the service members leave the military, they cannot transfer the benefits; as such, they need to make plans prior to leaving the military. Rose Field, 24, of Flourtown, Pennsylvania, moved to Germany in 2009 to attend college and learn German. She recently completed her master’s in curatorial studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Her father, a major, has been a reservist in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserve since 1985. “My father has always been a reservist, but was deployed post-9/11, which is how I became GI Bill eligible,” Field said via email. Reservists who complete 90 days or more of active duty and remain on active duty become eligible for some GI Bill benefits. “I was only eligible for 50 per cent of benefits, which meant that I still had to work outside the stipend to pay for everything I needed,” Field said. Ultimately, studying in another country is an “unbelievable opportunity,” Navy veteran Evans said. “More veterans should take the opportunity to study overseas.”

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