Top 5 Reported Cyber Scams: Which One Might Compromise Your Future?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

iStock_000059144354_Small_1October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Like any month set aside for intentional observation, there are themes, initiatives and resources that help keep important issues top of mind

Since the advent of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 12 years ago, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has kept the theme the same: Our Shared Responsibility. 

"We live in a global, digital age where people, networks and devices are increasingly interconnected, and everyone needs to be taking steps to use the Internet safely and more securely," said Michael Kaiser, NCSA's executive director.


Topics: Academic Advice

4 Answers to 401(k) Questions You were too Embarrassed to Ask

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 1, 2015 4:15:00 PM

401k advice, college after military, college worth itBetween navigating new health mandates, the U.S. tax code and today’s unpredictable global market, it’s not uncommon for some people to throw their hands up in defeat.

You shouldn’t be one of them! At Grantham, our passion for changing lives extends far past helping you pursue an accredited online degree.

We want to help you be successful in every area of life.

Our connection with you starts with the very first phone call. When our admissions representatives chat with prospective students, earning more money is an overwhelming key motivator for enrolling in online college classes.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetime than high school graduates. But we've found it’s more than just chasing the almighty dollar.

It comes down to


Topics: online degree programs

5 Secrets Hiring Managers Wish You Knew

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 30, 2015 3:30:00 PM

interview tips, hiring secrets, college after militaryI may have mentioned before that my parents are executive recruiters. Some people call them “Headhunters.” 

Either way, I’ve gained a great deal of insight from them over the years as I’ve launched my career and interviewed for different positions, committees and task forces.

I recently came across this article, and it validated the information I learned from my parents, other hiring professionals and my personal experience in those interviews.

Here's a combination of best tricks of the trade from the aforementioned article and a few golden nuggets I've been able to extract. Together they will, no doubt, help you leverage your accredited online degree and put your best foot forward.


Topics: Career Tips

Does hand writing versus typing notes make a difference?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 29, 2015 2:45:00 PM

note taking, information retention, online college coursesI don’t have children, but one thing that always cracks me up is when kids these days discover something from generations past and call it “retro” or “vintage."

As digital natives, they’ve never known a world without technology.

Just last week, a friend of mine had to explain to his daughter why we say “hang up the phone.” (No one she interacted with has a landline anymore.)

But there are some things that, no matter how much technology enables our lives to be more streamlined, will always stand the test of time. Cue note taking.

When you’re completing assignments in your online college classes or in a business meeting, it may be tempting to skip note taking, but here’s a free piece of advice: Don’t.

Research, time and time again, proves the linkage between jotting down notes and retention. So, we’ve established that you should take notes but does it matter whether your handwrite them or type them?


Topics: Academic Advice

4 Things You can Learn from the Introverts of the World

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 28, 2015 4:45:00 PM

introverted leaders, military friendly collegeWhen you're working toward an accredited online degree at a military friendly university like Grantham, the online format sometimes makes it challenging to distinguish the personality differences of your peers.

But in the work world – the one that forces you into a group of people to get a job done, for better or for worse – the extroverts and leaders are pretty easy to spot. Or are they?

Research suggests that many of our assumptions about introverts (and leadership) are at least a little off base.


Topics: Career Tips

Military Movies – The Facts from Fantasy

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 25, 2015 4:30:00 PM

military movies, military friendly collegeSpoiler Alert!

The movies I’m about to discuss are … hmmm, that is to say they, well, they’re not in theaters now.

But chances are good you can get them on DVD, and if you haven’t seen them yet, I’d hate to “spoil” anything for you.

On the other hand, if something I bring up causes you to want to see it, then that could hardly be called a “spoiler,” right?

Anyway, the obligatory warning has been given, and on to our reviews of some military movies.

Wait, that’s not right. These aren’t “military” movies, necessarily. Rather, there’s an element to them – that I will discuss later – that causes me to think about the hard-working men and women of our military forces.

Okay, now that both the warning and the nature of this review has been given, we press on!


Topics: military

Thinking of buying a house? 5 home loan tips from the experts!

Posted by Amanda Rosenblatt

Sep 24, 2015 4:30:00 PM

iStock_000044493998_Small_1Editor’s Note: One of the reasons people choose to go college is to increase their overall earning potential. The statistics are pretty clear. With a competitive accredited online degree from Grantham, you’ll be well on your way to moving up the ranks.

With this vertical movement comes the possibility of making important investment decisions, like owning a home. Our friends at VA Home Loans weigh in with some tips to keep in mind.

The path to owning a home is easier than previously thought and getting a mortgage is not as stressful as you may have imagined. Here are some tips on how to start your home-loan shopping process.


Topics: online degree programs

Registrar by Day, Irish Folk Singer by Night: Meet Mary Hanover

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Tullamore, 100% Online University Registar“Registrars are record keepers,” says Mary Hanover, Grantham University’s Registrar.

“They are the keeper of the student record. Our office receives and produces transcripts. We’re the ones who are going to graduate you (via paperwork).”

Talking to Mary, I’m reminded of an old Irish Ballad I sang back – way, way back – in a Junior High talent show about a Patrick O’Leary who left his Molly Malone in County Kerry to make his fortune in America.

Sad song really. He died. Scarlett fever. Tragic.

But it’s not Hanover’s day job that has me humming that old tune, it’s her other job … or gig, if you will.

Away from Grantham, Hanover is the alto vocalist of Tullamore, an Irish Folk trio with 5 CDs and several national and international tours to their credit.


Topics: online degree programs

What Job Descriptions Really Mean by Must Have “Good Communication Skills”

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 22, 2015 3:45:00 PM

iStock_000054707358_SmallAs you get closer to earning your accredited online degree, you’ll probably read a lot of job postings with employers seeking someone with excellent communication skills.

Although excellent communication skills are sought by nearly every employer, there’s no definitive definition for you to determine if it’s a skill you have or not.   

But, have no fear! It's a skill you can practice.

Employers want a Quadruple Threat
What employers won’t say is they are looking for someone who is a communication quadruple threat. According to a post at, employers want a new hire who can effectively complete any task by communicating clearly and simply in four forms:


Topics: Career Tips

5 Missteps New Online Students are Prone to Making

Posted by Eden Lord

Sep 21, 2015 4:45:00 PM

online college classes mistakesGoing back to school can be a challenge in any situation.

It’s no secret that earning an accredited online degree offers tremendous flexibility and portability while requiring a healthy amount of self-discipline.  

As an instructor and curriculum designer, I’ve seen students from every walk of life pursue their online degrees and I’m here to share some of their missteps in the hopes that you can sidestep some of the more common ones.  

Sure, you’ll have a unique set of circumstances, but these five mistakes seem to be fairly common in the digital classroom.


Topics: Academic Advice

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