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A student sits in his or her guidance counselor’s office: “Do you want to go to college?” “Yeah, I guess so.” “Do you know what you want to do for a living?” “Not really.” “Ok, well, based on that, you should take these classes.” It’s tough for any guidance counselor – no matter how smart or intuitive – to formulate much of an academic plan for you if they don’t get much help. It’s also likely they’re not going to have a great deal of ... More
College Tuition | Comments (0)
It’s no secret that college tuition has been skyrocketing – up 450% in less than three decades – but getting to the why takes a bit of work because no one culprit is at fault. The good news is that at least high-school students can change many of the mistakes their predecessors made. Reasons the Cost of College Has Gone Up This can be divided into two categories: government/institutional and personal. Government and Institutional Causes for High Tuition: · State support for colleges ... More
Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)
Students line up to see their high-school guidance counselor in the hopes that he or she will give them good advice when it comes to selecting a college, picking a major, figuring out a career, or getting great financial aid. In a report released by Inside Higher Ed, they might be disappointed by the results. College admissions officers pick public guidance counselors as they 5th best resource for getting information about higher education. And admissions deans at private colleges – typically those with the best financial aid and toughest entrance standards – were... More
Applying to College | Comments (1)
Sometime in the next few weeks, a college admissions officer will visit a prospective student’s Facebook page or Twitter feed and say, “No way! They’re not coming here!” And then it will happen again and again, and those students may never find out why they were rejected. Roughly 1/3 of college admissions deans say they check applicant profiles, particularly if they’re on the fence about admitting them. Officials are looking for something to make up their mind either way. Use Social Media to Improve Your College Application A lo... More
Teachers | Comments (0)
Teachers are taking a lot of the blame for America’s poor ranking in education (currently 26th in the world), and there’s a strong call from the Gates Foundation and plenty of others to improve the quality of teachers. They’re pushing for standardized tests, performance review, merit pay and other enforcement measures. All this talk raises another important question: if teachers improve, are we willing to pay them more? Teacher Quality vs. Teacher Pay US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, education historian Diane Ravitch and other supporters make ... More
Financial Aid | Comments (0)
When students hear they’ve won a scholarship, they’re excited. Someone has recognized a special talent or ability of theirs and is making an expensive college just a little bit more affordable. They think the scholarship will add to any financial aid they get. Most of the time, they never find out the truth. Many colleges actually deduct the scholarship you receive from your total financial aid package, meaning you’re no better off now than you were before you received the scholarship. The college simply awarded some of the need-based aid it planned to give ... More