The CLA+ Exam and What It Could Mean Reply

dv1644022Forbes just today posted a new article about the CLA+ exam, and what it could mean for accountability in higher education. You can find that article here. It’s a relatively positive take on the CLA+ and what it could do.

Here, let’s talk a bit about some of the potential issues with the CLA+ and how it could affect college education in the future.

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5 Ways To Examine Acceptance Rates Reply

spying glassOne of the pieces of information you’re likely to see called out about each and every college you look at is the college acceptance rate. This is the percentage of students who apply to the college and are actually accepted.

Lots of news reports focus on college admissions rates and what they mean, how they connect to the state of higher education as a whole. But what do they really mean for you, the student hoping to apply to these schools? How should they affect your college search? Here are 5 simple ways to understand and use college acceptance rates to improve your college search.

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3 Tips for Looking Ahead to Post-Graduation Before You’ve Applied Reply

GraduatesThere’s a slew of articles coming out now concerning the class of 2014 graduating from college. The articles talk about the issues they face, important facts of this class, and more. This article, in particular, paints a bleak picture of what faces these students post graduation.

Upon reading that, any number of reactions make sense. “It’s not worth going to college if I’m going to graduate with debt and unable to find a job,” goes one line of thinking. “I need to devote the entirety of my collegiate plans to making sure I’ll be able to get a good job after,” goes another.

So, what should you take away from this article? How should you look ahead to your post-graduation life? And how should it affect your college planning now, especially if you’re a junior in high school just getting started?

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Juniors, Listen Up — 7 Reasons You Must Start Your College Search NOW Or The World Will End Reply

Shocked and Crazy(*Disclaimer: A strange madman with the same name as my own stole my keyboard and typed out this article. After he was done, I figured that it was already typed in, so I might as well publish it. Though I might take what he says with a whole cylinder of salt.)*

You’re a junior in high school. You’ve got, like, a whole year left before you graduate, right? Plenty of time to sort out what you’re doing. If nothing else, you’ve got the whole summer between junior and senior year to figure your stuff out. No worries! It’ll be fine!

WRONG. WRONG WRONG WRONG.

You must give up your entire being to your hunt for the PERFECT COLLEGE and you must do so IMMEDIATELY, or else THE ENTIRE FUTURE of not just YOU but of the WHOLE HUMAN RACE is in DANGER.

Why, you ask? I will tell you, and your life will never be the same.

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Debt Versus Education: What You Need To Consider Reply

Education savingsGail Marksjarvis of the Chicago Tribune wrote this article (which is now unfortunately closed off to most viewers on the Chicago Tribune website), stating that students should consider debt when they decide what college to attend. In the past, we’ve argued that college shouldn’t be all about the bottom line, how much money you can make versus how much money you spend. That said, though? Gail Marksjarvis is right — you should consider debt when you decide what school to go to.

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5 Pluses and 5 Minuses about Online Education 1

Smiling confident businesswomanSo many are trying to figure out what the future of higher education will look like, when there are so many competing factors and difficulties. This Intelligence Squared debate is a great example of some of the competing tensions. It raises many, many good questions, and many potential answers. It’s worth listening to if you’ve any interest in where higher education is going. Below, you’ll find summaries of the 5 main advantages of online education, and the 5 main disadvantages of online education, as argued by the folks in the debate.
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Getting In is Only Half the Battle… Reply

iStock_000004647415XSmallMoney. It’s all about money. The admissions process is no exception, as the cost of higher education has continued to skyrocket in recent years. The price tag of a B.S., M.A., or Ph.D. has not only increased in the Ivy League and other esteemed private institutions, but also at less-competitive public schools. Tuition at many popular state and public schools, such as the University of Michigan and University of California institutions, can cost in excess of $10,000 per year for residents, while the total cost of attendance (including room, board, and supplies) can exceed $20,000. If you’re applying to one of those institutions and lack residency, you’ll likely pay nearly double those amounts.  More…

“Thank You” Reply

traditionalthankyouThe 2013-2014 application season may be winding to a close for the most part, but there’s still one important task left for many applicants: writing thank-you notes. While some probably wrote and sent such notes long ago, now’s the perfect time to send them if you haven’t yet done so. More…