Here's to 2014—and an exciting 2015 to come!

With the new year upon us, we will undoubtedly come across plenty of advice on "how to set a goal and keep it." We will learn that the key to a goal is to make it SMART—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. For example, "I will lose weight" is a great start, but it’s not a SMART goal. To turn it into a SMART goal, focus on "what by when"—say, "I will run 30 minutes every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday." This goal is much more specific, measurable, and attainable.

Last month, we celebrated a new milestone in our mission to provide access to high-quality education for more Americans: For the first time, we surpassed 50,000 currently enrolled students.

To succeed as an online college student, you have to be motivated and driven. A self-starter. Great at time management and determined to succeed. And when you do succeed, the rewards are many: a better job, a promotion, a new career maybe. Perhaps a raise. Definitely the satisfaction of a

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