Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Jun 18, 2014 - 06:00 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

What’s a liberal arts major to do in a world demanding grads with a STEM degree? That questions been plaguing college students for two decades now.   The answer: Counter those demands with your own career plan.   Consider these facts:   ·        Only 15% of students major in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, or math). 85% of college students pursue something else. ·        40% of STEM students leave their major because it’s too difficult. Some leave college all t... More

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 - 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

Posted on Jun 04, 2014 - 06:00 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

Financial Aid Facts Show the Importance of College Prep Do you wish you had more information on financial aid? If, so, you’re not alone: 56% of parents with students interested in college wish they had more information on financial aid. We can believe it. Our families come in with all sorts of questions, which is why we have handbooks for grade levels 8 thorugh 12, a Knowledge Nugget video for every month of every grade level, and an entire department devoted to helping students get better financial aid. Financial Aid Facts Here’s one financial aid fact you should find ... More

Posted on Jun 02, 2014 - 06:00 AM | College Tuition | Comments (0)

In Pennsylvania, people were arrested for protesting cuts to K-12 education.   In California, they were arrested for protesting cuts to college education.   It’s easy to see why people are suddenly up in arms. These cuts are having a real impact on how students learn. The responsibility is increasingly falling on the shoulders of worried and overworked families.   Basic services schools used to provide as a matter of course are being diluted, weakened, or cut out altogether.   Consider these facts…   ·      &n... More

Posted on May 28, 2014 - 06:00 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (1)

The first question people ask when they pay their taxes is, “Where is my money going? What is the government spending it on?”   Increasingly, the answer is not financial aid. Cutting education from budgets has become a big way for the federal and state governments to save money.   Education and Financial Aid Budget Cuts   ·        The new automatic zero. Prior to 2012, families who made less than $30,000 per year were not expected to contribute financially to their student’s college education. Now it’s $20,0... More

Posted on May 21, 2014 - 03:30 PM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Are today’s 8th graders under the same pressures that high-school juniors and seniors were 40 years ago?   The answer, in short, is yes. The pressure is not quite as great, but it’s similar. These days, college and career paths begin in junior high.   Consider these facts:   ·        Twice as many high-school graduates go to college today than 40 years ago. ·        94% of parents expect their student to go to college. ·        90% of ... More




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