QU Online Blog

The QU Online Blog was created for distance learners to cover topics related to online education, professional development and industry trends. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting a career path, this blog is designed to be a valuable resource for your educational journey.

Building a Successful Professional Network

Building a Successful Professional Network

December 14, 2018

Whether you are a seasoned expert or just starting out, building a successful professional network allows you to advance your career, find inspiration, encourage mentorship, and explore new career opportunities. In today’s competitive work environment, who you know can be just as important as what you know. In fact, a recent report from Payscale.com shows that as much as 85% of all jobs are filled via networking.1 Knowing how to develop an effective professional network can be one of the most important factors towards achieving your professional goals.

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How to Choose an Online College: Essential Elements to Consider

How to Choose an Online College: Essential Elements to Consider

November 14, 2018

When picking an online college, gathering research is an important step in the decision-making process. Exploring your options is essential to ensure you have chosen the right program. To assist your further, we put together a helpful spreadsheet to assist you with your research.

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The Path to Improved Cybersecurity Culture

The Path to Improved Cybersecurity Culture

November 6, 2018

The recent ISACA-CMMI Institute cybersecurity culture research illustrates the accomplishments and gaps that are seen in organizations’ cybersecurity culture. The survey-driven research focuses on culture and continuous improvement, both essential components to a successful cyber risk management program.

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Understanding Graduate Financial Aid: How to Pay for Grad School

Understanding Graduate Financial Aid: How to Pay for Grad School

October 24, 2018

The thought of paying for graduate school can be overwhelming; however, there are programs in place to help those who want to continue their education. Research the many different opportunities to secure loans, scholarships and grants that will help you cover the cost of graduate school.

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Mitigating Organizational Risk Through Workforce Development

Mitigating Organizational Risk Through Workforce Development

May 2, 2018

What would you consider to be the greatest security risk to your organization? If you ask this question to ten C-level executives, you may get ten different responses. Securing software, database or network security, ransomware, malware, and DDoS attacks are all things that come to mind. But what about the vulnerability that your business faces due to the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage?

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Loan Repayment: What's the Best Way to Consolidate Your College Loans?

Loan Repayment: What's the Best Way to Consolidate Your College Loans?

February 20, 2017

Once you enter repayment on your loans, you may receive phone calls, letters or see posts from companies asking you if you would like to consolidate your student loans. Even if you are not in repayment, you may have heard radio ads or seen Facebook ads from companies offering to consolidate student loans. It is very important to understand that many of these ads can be misleading.

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Student loans: How much should you borrow for college?

Student loans: How much should you borrow for college?

December 2, 2016

When you open your financial aid award letter, you may find that you have been awarded more than your owing tuition and fee invoice. Students are awarded each year for the maximum amounts they qualify for, even if it is more than their tuition and fee invoice. With this in mind, ask yourself what your long term goals are with borrowing your student loans.

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How a Master's Degree Can Help Develop Leadership in Nursing

How an online MSN program develops leadership skills in nursing

June 8, 2016

If you've been a nurse for a while, it's likely you've thought about advancing your degree and asked yourself: What's the value of a masters in nursing? What can a masters do for me? What are the advantages? And of course, the answer largely depends on what you want to get out of your nursing career. It also depends on what you'd like to be able to give back to the community. But let's start with how a master of science in nursing (MSN) can help you develop nursing leadership skills and grow in your nursing career.

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What Can I Do With a Bachelor of Business Administration?

What can I do with a bachelor of business administration

April 4, 2016

Perhaps you've seen a meme or heard a joke about businesses looking to hire people in their 20s with 30 years of experience. While it's obviously an exaggeration, the thought is certainly rooted in truth. While earning a BBA isn't equivalent to working in business for 30 years, a BBA can prepare you for the business world better than any liberal arts degree and give you the exact skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

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What Exactly Is Instructional Design (and How Can It Help Me)?

What is an MS in Instructional Design

January 19, 2016

Whether you're a K-12 teacher, administrator, or corporate trainer, you already know quite a bit about how people learn – it's in your job description. With instructional design, you can use that knowledge to develop the right educational materials – including websites, apps, online courses, videos, podcasts, games, and social media outlets – to both improve the learning process for your students or employees and help you become more effective at your job.

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