Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

As parents, we have two visions of our children. In one, they’re finishing college with a great degree and heading into the workforce bent on making their mark in the world. In the other, they’re a college dropout, sleeping on our couch and playing video games at ten in the morning.   Both are extremes, but at a time when 85% of college graduates move back home, only 56% graduate in six years, and 35% never graduate, it’s easy to see why we worry.   So how do you make sure college is a career builder and not a career buster?   Creating a Successful Colleg... More

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | News | Comments (0)

From 2006-2011, 43 states cut the amount of money they spend on higher education. A few, like New York, Oklahoma, and Mississippi made very small cuts, but many, like South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Iowa gutted their programs.   How they cut the money is as varied as their locations and politics. Some decreased support for state universities, forcing state schools to increase tuition or cut staff. People think private colleges are expensive, but when it comes to tuition hikes over the past 10 years, they’ve been dwarfed by public universities.   Other states, l... More

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Life | Comments (0)

Every year we get a list of Top Party Colleges. The media gives it good coverage, compete with students drinking, dancing and going wild. Parents then tell their student “I don’t want you going there” and college administrators get to say “It’s not that bad,” or “We’re taking steps to correct it.”   Students, for the most part, don’t really pay attention to it. The majority of them aren’t picking colleges where they can party around the clock. The Top Party Colleges list is a gimmick and doesn’t tell students what t... More

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

“Opportunities slip quietly by, but regret wakes you up screaming in the middle of the night.”   Regrets are that moment when you realize “I should have said this” of “should have done that.” Should have and could have are the defining words of regret. You missed an opportunity and now you can’t go back and fix it. For our purposes, it’s college and career choices.   For college, you realize you’re not at the right college for you. You don’t want to go to class, you miss assignments, your grades slip. You want to change ... More

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Saving baby birds from their grunting kidnappers or fighting your way through enemy fire to take out the bad guys sound like noble goals, until you realize they’re the bases for two of the most popular games of the past few years – Angry Birds and Call of Duty.   Most people recognize these games for what they are: entertainment. Gamers may discuss them to death, but when it comes down to it, they know it’s not the most important competition to be in.   You compete in all sorts of ways, and one of them is college admissions. What school you’re going t... More

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

This is the Information Age. Instant communication. Facts at your fingertips. Upload videos from your phone. Let the world know where you are 24/7. Had a great day? Tell the world in 140 characters or less.   So why in this fast-paced world of new ideas and information do many antiquated ways of looking at college prep remain?   Old Ideas Rooted in College Prep   Start preparing junior year. This is the hardest one to quash. Despite the fact that colleges look at all four years of your high-school record, families often don’t start seriously thinking about coll... More




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