Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on May 30, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Student Debt | Comments (0)

In 2007, a bipartisan Congress and a Republican president swept into law a cut in the interest rate charged on the subsidized Stafford Loan. It fell from 6.8% to 3.4%.   It’s still there, unless an extremely divided Congress fails to act before July 1.   Republicans and Democrats agree on the goal, but not the means. The political landscape in Washington, D.C., has changed dramatically. People sent to Congress to do the people’s bidding can’t even agree on a measure that is not only in their constituent’s best interest, but their own. It’s an electio... More

Posted on May 28, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

The one complaint students have about summer vacation? It’s too short.   It feels even shorter if you get nothing done.   As tempting as it is to enjoy the beach, hang out, and put in a few days a week at your job, you need to remember that you’re preparing for college, too. Your summer activities and accomplishments should be part of your college resume. They show colleges that you’re motivated all the time.   Four Ways to Stay Motivated This Summer   Set goals. Say to yourself, “Here’s what I need to accomplish this summer,&rdqu... More

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

One look at the college dropout rate reveals that high school is not preparing students for college. It’s particularly true when you examine the rates for low-income students. There’s a problem with traditional college prep that’s leading students to drop out and take major debts with them.   Problems with Traditional College Prep   ·        SAT scores based on income.  For every additional $10,000 a family makes, SAT scores go up 15 points. Income advantages in SAT and ACT tests are well documented, but preparing f... More

Posted on May 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Education Reform | Comments (0)

Change moves quickly today. Technology that was hot just a few years ago is passé now; sites that were hot just a few months ago can struggle for visitors. Viral videos last for days and the news cycle is less than 24 hours long.   The way we consume information is being revolutionized faster than I can type this sentence, but education continues to move at a snail’s pace. That doesn’t mean, of course, that change isn’t coming. In fact, in man ways, it’s already begun:   Consider these facts:   77% of colleges offer online courses ... More

Posted on May 21, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Today’s 8th or 9th graders will experience a slightly different college landscape than today’s college students and one vastly different than their parents. Traditional onsite classes will still be around, but they will have gone high tech and will be competing directly with online schools for student’s money and attention.   Some college classes, like those offered by EdX, will be free. Others will cost money. Full bachelor’s and graduate degrees will still be expensive. Everything will be fast-paced, competitive and available online.   How do you choose ... More

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

Parents and students often think they understand a guidance counselor’s role when it comes to college prep: provide the SAT or ACT schedule and some study materials, answer a few basic financial aid questions and provide college and career direction.   They also accept that college prep is hardly a guidance counselor’s only job: they have disciplinary duties, social counseling, classes to schedule and more. At some schools, they even oversee study halls and lunch duty. It’s a lot to expect when they’re under them same staffing cuts as the rest of the school. &nb... More




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