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Select An Online Degree in Finance That Fits Well With Your Current or Upcoming MBA Degree Program

If an online degree in finance is what you are seeking as part of an accredited MBA degree program, you will be pleased to know that there are several options available. This may also be relevant to you if you are considering a concentration in a specific area of business and an understanding of economics is necessary. A real, accredited MBA school will also see value an online finance degree.Two of the least expensive regionally accredited distance MBA programs are at Wayne State and Chadron State. Check out the prices there, which are reasonable considering that studying an online degree in finance is usually one of the more expensive courses.Another option is Xavier University, though not regionally accredited also offers an online degree in finance as a part of their MBA program for less than $3,000 and usually requires these fees paid in around 3 equal installments. This will interest you if you favor a theoretical/practical teaching style rather than an exam-oriented education. But do get a business degree from Xavier University evaluated by a NACES-member (at degree holder’s expense) to confirm how well accepted it would be by US employers.Xavier University is a Caribbean school, so if you do require an RA (regionally accredited) finance degree program, this program may not be for you.You may also wish to consider Amberton University, current tuition for an MBA program with a concentration in finance (an alternative to an online degree in finance?) is less than $1,000 per 3-unit course, whether graduate or undergraduate. The good news is that this includes distance courses i.e. online degrees.A number of online degrees in finance are easily available at a range of costs depending on which school you choose to study with. Always double-check accreditation, actual costs over the term of the degree and what the quality of teaching is like.If you do want to focus on finance and already hold an undergraduate degree, why not consider an online MBA degree program with a concentration on finance or accounting? Mixing and matching modules and units is becoming more popular as colleges seek to attract greater student numbers; this can only be in your interest.Selecting the right finance degree to be studied online isn’t a straightforward task, so it’s better to take your time and choose wisely rather than rushing into things.And whether a degree in finance online is for you or not at this stage, having a general understanding of how the banking system works is arguably of growing importance in a financially strained climate.

Finding the Latest Technology News

Being in touch with the latest technology news is vital in the modern society we live in so knowing how to find the latest stories could prove to be a great advantage for anybody. In order to keep yourself up to date you have to find some reliable technology news sources which can provide you with timely information. The most popular information sources for technology news are TV shows, tech magazines and the internet. From each of them you can find out loads of new information, but some of these sources are better than others and I’ll tell you why.You can very well have one or more subscriptions to various relevant magazines but the disadvantage is that you only get updated once a month or in the best case scenario once a week. Taking into consideration the fast way that technology is evolving today, you might be losing out on a lot of action and you will get informed later than most of the people around you. All in all, magazines are good to have around but they should not be you main information source.Another option you have is to inform yourself from various TV shows which feature the latest gadget and so on. This could very well be done, but you’ll have to be in from of the TV every time the show is on which means that you’ll have to make your schedule around your favorite shows. The alternative is to record them if you don’t have time when they’re being broadcasted live and to watch them at a later date but by then, you won’t be watching news at all, you’d just be catching up with the rest of the word.The best source of fresh news however is the internet where updates are instantly available for all to see. The simplest way to plug yourself in at the juiciest technology news is to find a few blogs that you like and to subscribe to their RSS feed. In this way, every time a new piece of news is being updated, you get instant messages on in your email box. Talk about real time!

Schools: Institutions or Service Providers?

For the vast majority of children raised in modern Western democracies school attendance up to the age of 16 (or older) is a normal fact of life. Primary (elementary) education and a certain amount of secondary schooling are mandated by legislation. Of course, it wasn’t always like this in countries like the US, the UK, and Australia, and an estimated 16 million children in Africa still do not receive a basic schooling.However, the heritage of compulsory education in most Western countries over the past 100-150 years has led to the sense that schools are institutions within modern society. By institutions I mean they are embedded into the way we think about society – we would find it hard to contemplate any capacity for progress without relying on primary, secondary, and tertiary education.Over the last decade or so government and societal attitudes towards education have been changing, a fact that not all schools have recognised. The shift has been from seeing schools as social institutions to seeing them as education service providers. As education service providers they are like businesses selling a product (education) and competing against each other for students and funding.There are a number of factors that have driven this shift. A major factor is competition. In years gone by, only the wealthy could afford private schooling. The vast majority of students went to either state schools or low cost Catholic schools. Today, however, the education landscape looks much different. There is an enormous range of school options from public and low cost church schools, to elitist private schools, and all the way between. Parents can find a school somewhere to meet their budget – and if they live in a major city, they probably won’t have to look very far.Increased competition is a reflection of growing wealth in Western countries, and it provides parents and children with choices unavailable to most people in the past. However, for schools, competition ups the ante. It puts pressure on schools to perform, and losing students to a competitor school can start a vicious spiral – loss of students leads to loss of staff; loss of staff leads to loss of subject choices; loss of subject choices leads to further loss of students.Going hand-in-hand with competition is the perceived quality of the education that schools provide. In many educational jurisdictions, state-wide testing of students allows schools to be compared according to the ‘quality’ of their test results. Parents and children often make choices of schools based on schools’ overall standardised test performance. Increasingly, this information is freely available online, allowing for easy comparison and increased competition for the ‘better’ schools. This ‘marketing’ and self-promotion of schools is further evidence of a competitive, commercial marketplace in the sector.The commercialisation of the school sector is further driven by the highly specialised and highly selective job market in most Western countries. Increasingly, students select courses based on what they hope to study at university, or on the availability of jobs when they leave school. Schools are not only expected to produce good students, but also good workers who can play their role in paying taxes and sustaining economic growth. As consumers, parents and children covet schools that reliably deliver admissions to the most prestigious university courses or the most sought-after jobs.The reality of the school sector is that it is increasingly becoming a commodity with a market value. Schools compete for scarce resources – students and funding. Yet many schools seem to be populated by staff with long memories. Many teachers still think they only need to teach their subjects and students just need to learn. They think the responsibility for next year’s enrollments lies with the Principal or the school board. It doesn’t. It lies with everyone.

Google Places – The Name of Your Business Does Make a Difference on the Local Business Center

Google Places, formerly Google Local Business Center, has actually provided some clear cut guidance with regard to listing the name of your business. They say that they want you to provide the actual name of your business! This would seem to be fair, reasonable, and obvious were it not for the fact that the name is the “title” of this page and therefore critical to determining how well you do in placement. Thus, the reality is that if the name of your business is Mario’s and you are an italian restaurant, listing yourself as simply Mario’s will work against you. In order to optimize the listing, you want to be Mario’s Italian Restaurant. The keywords need to be there.How does one deal with this dilemma? Here are several possibilities. It appears that as long as the name doesn’t look like keyword stuffing, Google Places is not going to challenge the name. So in this example adding Italian Restaurant is likely to be OK with Google, even if your official name on your business license is only Mario’s. On the other hand if you were to use the title Mario’s Italian Pizza and Pasta Restaurant of Lincoln Nebraska, you may get challenged.But what if you have actually chosen your business name based on keywords and you really have a corporation or DBA like the Mario’s example above, Google Places will theoretically let you use it. However, you may have to prove it. And therein lies one of the big issues with Google Places. Who do you call? As of now, unless you have an AdWords campaign and contact with the sales department, it seems almost impossible to right the wrongs of Places. Google Places has always had a help forum, and it is improving in responsiveness, but still a long way from a great resource. The also now offer an email address, but I haven’t tested that yet.Bottom Line about Name of Your Business. If your company name has no keywords, you may do well to change the name – officially. In the internet age it does not make sense to name a retail or service business with some very clever brand strategy, unless it is possible to add at least the main keyword. The Rubber Duck might be a cute name for a toy store, but I would name my toy store The Rubber Duck Toy Store.If you do not officially change the name, I would still risk adding one keyword to your Google Places “name.” You will want to add this same keyword to your address block on your home page and about us page of your website, you will increase the credibility of the “name” in Google’s eyes, and have less chance of being challenged.