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Choosing a College: What Advice Should You Follow?

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

As college students have attested, choosing which institution of higher learning to attend can be a baffling experience, particularly when even the experts can’t agree. The New York Times has enlisted a variety of experts (such as a law professor, the director of the nonprofit Colleges Change Lives, and an economist) to each give their own take on the myths associated with the college application process, cite what they think are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college, and provide resources and strategies for students who are looking for a quality education. The featured discussion offers students a spectrum of ideas and perspectives on a very difficult and often times nerve-wracking process.

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One of the Worst (and Biggest) Schools Becomes One of its State’s Best

September 28, 2010 1 comment

Faculty in Brockton High School in Massachusetts used to be ashamed of their school’s dismal performance on not only state tests, but in graduating its students. Sam Dillon of the New York Times in his article shares statistics that illustrate the school’s disastrous condition: in the year 2000, one in three students would drop out and only a quarter would pass standardized exams. Many would point to a school with a population of over 4,000 was an exemplar of what has become a maxim in the education world: the smaller the better.

But then, a number of Brockton’s teachers decided they’d had enough. They organized comprehensive reform, requiring all teachers to attend training and meetings, to incorporate writing and reading skills in all their curricula (including physical education!

The result? Over the last ten years, Brockton has not only gotten itself out of the academic hole, but its students’ test scores are now exceeding that of 90% of Massachusetts’ schools! For a student population comprised mostly of minorities and students of low economic status, teachers have not only revised their curricula, but they have also changed the way they talked to students, motivating them, and speaking to them about college as a legitimate possibility, not a fanciful dream. What school faculty can learn from this case study is that, no matter what the school size, tenacity, creativity, and handwork on behalf of a dedicated faculty can make all the difference.

Insurance for College: What You Might Not Have Considered

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment

One thing many parents either overlook or fail to talk to their college-bound children about is safety at college. In particular, Paul Sullivan of The New York Times, notes how loathe parents are, as well as college students are, to address this issue of insurance for college life. There’s property and identify theft–and liability cases…Sullvan goes over the things parents and their kids should consider and offers some pointers on taking the proper measures. Talking about insurance can be boring or scary, whether you’re thinking about all the technicalities of insurance or what might happen to you or your child in college, but Sullivan keeps his article practical and easy to follow.

The Best Colleges Can Be the Cheapest Colleges

September 6, 2010 1 comment

In an earlier post, I discussed schools that will make a “drop out” out of you–mostly schools for low income students. But I also made it clear that not all schools affordable to students from a low income family are low quality. In fact, US News compiled a list of the best schools that are also the most affordable. Both universities and liberal arts colleges are listed by region. In today’s economy, students and their families are taking cost into account more and more, but that doesn’t mean one has to sacrifice the quality of his or her education for affordability.

Education Never Ends: Using School to Get a Leg-Up in the Workforce

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

In a previous post, I emphasized the importance of developing the skills you need to get a job while you’re at college. I spoke as if college students are all young, inexperienced people about to enter the work force. But what Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times has found is that an increasing number of workers in their 30’s and 40’s are returning to school to obtain skills to add to their resumes, enter new fields that are more lucrative in this economic downturn, and to move up in their current career situation. The current reality is that your education doesn’t necessarily end in your early 20’s–in fact, more and more businesses are offering courses to their employees. Learn here about some of today’s most lucrative industries and how you can continue to expand your skill set throughout your career.

Paying For College

September 1, 2010 1 comment

SallieMae.com, a resource for college students and their parents for financial planning and paying for college, teamed up with Gallup to conduct its annual “How America Pays for College” study. Beckie Supiano of The Chronicle discussed the study in this article, pointing to a large increase in college spending (an average of $24,097, 24% more than last year). The data also showed parental income and savings was the largest source of money for college at 47%, with Scholarships and grants following in second at 23%.

The study also found a higher incidence of students and parents ruling out schools early on because they were too expensive (63% this year opposed to 50% last year). Read more…

Picking a School: Current College Students Reassess their Decisions

August 19, 2010 2 comments

Choosing the right college can be a daunting experience. Many articles to help college applicants sort out the matter quote the “experts”–the opinion of a PhD, for example. But while an expert opinion can give students some guidelines, few sources seek the opinions of current college students, who are living the outcomes of their choices–choices college applicants are making right now. In the video below, college students talk about what they would have considered if they could turn back time and redo the application process all over again. College applicants, take note: you are choosing your home for the next four years of your life, and making decisions that will impact your future career. Hindsight is 20/20. Some of these considerations may give applicants some fresh perspective: