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News Article | November 24, 2016
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AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading higher education information resource provider, has released its picks for the Best Colleges in the U.S. to earn an Online Teaching Degree from in 2016-2017. Comparing data on affordability and student success from thousands of schools with online teaching programs, the rankings list the top 100 two-year and four-year schools respectively. Schools topping the four-year list include Dickinson State University, Fort Hays State University, North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University and University of Southern Mississippi; schools topping the two-year list include East Mississippi Community College, Arizona Western College, Holmes Community College, Northeast Community College and Odessa College. "There were 3.5 million teachers working in elementary and secondary education in the U.S. in 2014,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “It’s important for us to help aspiring teachers and those looking to advance their career in education find the best opportunities to earn an affordable, quality online teaching degree.” Schools who earn a spot on the Best Online Teaching Degrees lists must qualify by meeting certain baseline requirements. AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires all schools to be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions to be eligible. Colleges must also meet minimum affordability standards, offering in-state tuition under $5,000 per year at two-year schools and under $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Final scoring and ranks are determined by comparing data on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative measures, such as financial aid availability and graduation rates. All schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Teaching Degrees list can be found below. The attached map shows how many schools were honored by state. The full rankings can be found along with data and methodology details at: Allen County Community College Amarillo College Arizona Western College Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Baltimore City Community College Bay Mills Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Casper College Central Texas College Coconino Community College College of Southern Idaho Collin College Colorado Northwestern Community College Dakota College at Bottineau Dawson Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Wyoming College Edgecombe Community College El Paso Community College Front Range Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Haywood Community College Henry Ford Community College Holmes Community College Kilgore College Lenoir Community College Lone Star College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Navarro College Nebraska Indian Community College North Central Missouri College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pima Community College Shoreline Community College Stanly Community College Tri-County Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Washtenaw Community College Western Oklahoma State College Yavapai College Appalachian State University Arkansas Tech University Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Chadron State College Chaminade University of Honolulu Concordia University - Saint Paul Dickinson State University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Great Basin College Hobe Sound Bible College Indiana State University Judson College Lesley University Liberty University Mayville State University Minot State University Newman University North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University Northeastern State University Northern Arizona University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Southwestern College Sterling College SUNY College at Oswego The University of West Florida University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Central Missouri University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Missouri - Columbia University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Northern Colorado University of South Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of the Southwest University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University Winston-Salem State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | November 1, 2016
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Colleges with the Best Mechanic Degree Programs in the nation have been ranked for 2016-2017 by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). As a leading higher education information and resource provider, the site analyzed data from thousands of colleges across the U.S. to determine the list of top 50 two-year schools and top 50 four-year schools. Highest marks came in for Idaho State University, Montana State University Northern, South Seattle College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Midland College among four-year schools; Western Wyoming Community College, Texas State Technical College Waco, Sinclair College, Hinds Community College and Augusta Technical College among two-year schools. “The field of automotive service is growing on pace with the national average,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on this list are offering excellent education programs for up-and-coming service technicians and mechanics, and are also committed to connecting students with job opportunities after graduation.” Colleges must meet several specific requirements to qualify for the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ Best Mechanic Programs list. Each must carry regional accreditation and hold public or private not-for-profit status. Schools are also required to provide career placement or assistance to give students a head start after graduation. More than a dozen additional statistics and data points are compared for each qualifying institution to determine rank on the list, including financial aid offerings, student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A complete list of schools honored for having the Best Mechanic Programs is included below. For details on the data and methodology used, as well as a complete list of rankings visit: The Best Mechanic Programs at two-year schools for 2016-2017: Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ashland Community and Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Beaufort County Community College Blue Ridge Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Cape Fear Community College Casper College Central Community College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Columbus State Community College Dodge City Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Fox Valley Technical College Gadsden State Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Guilford Technical Community College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Hinds Community College JF Drake State Community and Technical College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kirtland Community College Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College North Dakota State College of Science North Georgia Technical College Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Owensboro Community and Technical College Rend Lake College San Juan College Sinclair College Somerset Community College South Georgia Technical College Spokane Community College Texas State Technical College - Waco Wake Technical Community College Washington County Community College Wayne Community College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Nebraska Community College Western Wyoming Community College Wilkes Community College The Best Mechanic Programs at four-year schools for 2016-2017: Arkansas Tech University Baker College of Auburn Hills Baker College of Flint Baker College of Port Huron Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bismarck State College Brigham Young University - Idaho Broward College College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dixie State University Farmingdale State College Ferris State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Idaho State University Indian River State College Jackson College Lake Washington Institute of Technology Lewis-Clark State College Midland College Montana State University-Billings Montana State University-Northern Morrisville State College New England Institute of Technology Northern Michigan University Palm Beach State College Peninsula College Pennsylvania College of Technology Pittsburg State University Ranken Technical College Santa Fe College Seattle Community College - South Campus Seminole State College of Florida Siena Heights University Snow College SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Central Missouri University of Hawaii Maui College University of Northwestern Ohio Utah Valley University Vermont Technical College Vincennes University Washburn University Weber State University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), an online leader in higher education information, has released its list of the Best Pharmacy Technician Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. Data from both on-campus and online programs was compiled to determine top programs across the U.S., with Pensacola State College, Vincennes University, North Seattle College, Baker College and Seminole State College of Florida scoring in the top five for four-year schools and Arkansas State University Beebe, Eastern New Mexico University Roswell Campus, Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Cape Fear Community College and Eastern Arizona College scoring in the top five for two-year schools. “A majority of jobs in the U.S., including pharmacy technician positions, do not require a Bachelor’s degree,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “This list focuses on ranking the schools that provide top-quality pharmacological training that prepares students to make a successful, efficient transition from the classroom into the workplace.” Whether offering on-campus or online programs, schools are required to meet specific standards to land a spot on the Best Pharmacy Technician Programs list. Each institution must be an accredited two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit college or university. Each must also offer career placement services for students after they graduate. A dozen other data points were compared to determine where each school scored in the ranking, including financial aid information and tuition rates. Community for Accredited Online Schools’ complete list of the Best Pharmacy Technician Programs for 2016-2017 is printed below. For specific data and details on each school’s ranking visit: Albany Technical College Angelina College Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ashland Community and Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Cape Fear Community College Casper College Central Georgia Technical College Central Louisiana Technical Community College Cerritos College Chemeketa Community College Clark College College of the Mainland Columbus Technical College Crowder College Davidson County Community College Durham Technical Community College Eastern Arizona College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus El Paso Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Guilford Technical Community College Hutchinson Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College Johnston Community College Jones County Junior College Lakeshore Technical College Lone Star College Miles Community College National Park College North Dakota State College of Science North Georgia Technical College North Iowa Area Community College Pikes Peak Community College Renton Technical College Sinclair College Somerset Community College Southern Regional Technical College Spokane Community College State Fair Community College Texas State Technical College - Waco Tulsa Community College Vance-Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College Wayne County Community College District Western Iowa Tech Community College Baker College Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Florida State College at Jacksonville Gulf Coast State College Indian River State College Jackson College Louisiana State University - Alexandria Marygrove College Miami Dade College North Seattle College Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Pasco-Hernando State College Pensacola State College Remington College - Dallas Campus Remington College - Memphis Campus Remington College - Shreveport Campus Robert Morris University Illinois Seminole State College of Florida Snow College South Texas College The University of Montana University of Alaska Anchorage University of Rio Grande Vincennes University West Virginia University at Parkersburg About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


Reynolds J.H.,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Thompson W.L.,National Park Service | Russell B.,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Russell B.,Casper College
Biological Conservation | Year: 2011

Selecting a survey design to detect change through time in an ecological resource requires balancing the speed with which a given level of change can be detected against the cost of monitoring. Planning studies allow one to assess these tradeoffs and identify the optimal design choices for a specific scenario of change. However, such studies seldom are conducted. Even worse, they seem least likely to be undertaken when they offer the most insight - when survey methods and monitoring designs are complex and not well captured by simple statistical models. This may be due to limited technical capacity within management agencies. Without such planning, managers risk a potentially severe waste of monitoring resources on ineffective and inefficient monitoring, and institutions will remain ignorant of the true costs of information and the potential efficiency gains afforded by a moderate increase in technical capacity. We discuss the importance of planning studies, outline their main components, and illustrate the process through an investigation of competing designs for monitoring for declining brown bear (Ursus arctos) densities in southwestern Alaska. The results provide guidance on how long monitoring must be sustained before any change is likely to be detected (under a scenario of rather strong true decline), the optimal designs for detecting a change, and a tradeoff where accepting a delay of 2. years in detecting the change could reduce the monitoring cost by almost 50%. This report emphasizes the importance of planning studies for guiding monitoring decisions. © 2010.


Massare J.A.,The College at Brockport | Wahl W.R.,Wyoming Dinosaur Center | Ross M.,2614 Navarre Street | Connely M.V.,Casper College
Geological Magazine | Year: 2014

The Redwater Shale Member (Oxfordian) of the Sundance Formation was deposited in the foreland basin of the Cordillera during the last and largest marine transgression of the Jurassic in North America. One ichthyosaur (Ophthalmosaurus natans), two cryptocleidoid plesiosaurs (Tatenectes laramiensis, Pantosaurus striatus) and one pliosauromorph (Megalneusaurus rex) are known from the Redwater Shale Member. Ichthyosaurs are much more abundant than plesiosaurs, making up almost 60% of the fauna. No actinopterygian fish have been found, although four species have been identified from the lower Sundance Formation. At least one hybodont shark and one neoselachian are known from rare isolated teeth. The main food source for the marine reptiles was belemnoids, as indicated by preserved gut contents for all four species. In comparison, the better known and slightly older Peterborough Member of the Oxford Clay Formation of England, has a much higher taxonomic and ecological diversity, especially in the plesiosaurs, marine crocodiles, and fish. The lower diversity in the Redwater Shale Member probably reflects a much lower primary productivity in the Sundance Sea, as well as restricted migration from the open ocean to the north. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2013.


Deus K.M.,Colorado State University | Deus K.M.,Casper College | Saavedra-Rodriguez K.,Colorado State University | Butters M.P.,Colorado State University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Medical Entomology | Year: 2012

Seven different strains of Aedes aegypti (L.), including a genetically diverse laboratory strain, three laboratory-selected permethrin-resistant strains, a standard reference strain, and two recently colonized strains were fed on human blood containing various concentrations of ivermectin. Ivermectin reduced adult survival, fecundity, and hatch rate of eggs laid by ivermectin-treated adults in all seven strains. The LC 50 of ivermectin for adults and the concentration that prevented 50% of eggs from hatching was calculated for all strains. Considerable variation in adult survival after an ivermectin-bloodmeal occurred among strains, and all three permethrin-resistant strains were significantly less susceptible to ivermectin than the standard reference strain. The hatch rate after an ivermectin bloodmeal was less variable among strains, and only one of the permethrin-resistant strains differed significantly from the standard reference strain. Our studies suggest that ivermectin induces adult mortality and decreases the hatch rate of eggs through different mechanisms. A correlation analysis of log-transformed LC 50 among strains suggests that permethrin and ivermectin cross-resistance may occur. © 2012 Entomological Society of America.


Laudner K.G.,Illinois State University | Laudner K.G.,The Texas Institute | Moline M.T.,Casper College | Meister K.,The Texas Institute
American Journal of Sports Medicine | Year: 2010

Background: Excessive and untimely scapular dyskinesis during the throwing motion has been associated with several shoulder injuries. The scapula provides attachment for many soft tissue structures. Therefore, many have hypothesized that posterior shoulder tightness may alter proper scapular kinematics. Hypothesis: As posterior shoulder tightness increases, so will forward scapular posture. Baseball players will have a significantly more forward scapular position of their dominant arm compared with their nondominant arm. The bilateral difference in forward scapular posture will be greater in pitchers than in position players, indicating pitchers have more forward scapular posture. Study Design: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3. Methods: Bilateral forward scapular posture, glenohumeral horizontal adduction, and rotational range of motion were measured among 20 professional baseball pitchers and 20 position players. Results: A regression analysis showed a moderate to good negative relationship between glenohumeral horizontal adduction range of motion and forward scapular posture (r2 =.50, P =.001). T tests demonstrated that the dominant shoulders of both groups had significantly more forward scapular posture compared with nondominant shoulders (P <.004). There were no other significant relationships or differences found (r2 <.04, P > .15). Conclusion: There was a moderate to good relationship between posterior shoulder tightness and forward scapular posture. Furthermore, baseball players had more forward scapular posture of the dominant arm than the nondominant arm. These results suggest that posterior shoulder tightness as evidenced by decreased glenohumeral adduction range of motion may be considered a partial predictor for excessive forward scapular posture and vice versa. Because of the association between this scapular dyskinesis and shoulder dysfunction, clinicians may find it advantageous to address these characteristics when examining and treating such athletes. © The Author(s), 2010.


Hong S.-H.,Murray State University | Lenth K.,Casper College | Aumer R.,New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | Borchers B.,New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | Hendrickx J.M.H.,New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
International Journal of Remote Sensing | Year: 2016

This study investigated the spatial scaling behaviour of root-zone soil moisture obtained from optical/thermal remote-sensing observations. The data for this study were obtained from Landsat and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellites on five different dates between early spring (April) and fall (September) in the years from 2000 to 2004 in the semi-arid middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. Soil moisture data were obtained using the Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land (SEBAL) algorithm. The data were spatially aggregated and checked for power-law behaviour over a range of scales from 30 m to 15 km for Landsat and from 1 to 28 km for MODIS images. Results of this study demonstrate that power-law scaling of soil moisture in the middle Rio Grande area holds up to 1 km2 pixel size, but is no longer valid beyond that scale. Whereas previous studies have studied soil moisture in the top 5 cm of the soil using radar and point measurements, our study uses SEBAL to estimate root-zone soil moisture. Our study is consistent with these previous studies in showing that variation in root-zone soil follows an empirical power law for pixel sizes of up to about 106 m2 and that there is an apparent break in the scaling at larger scales. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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