Category Archive: college completion rates

Jan 22

Seize Your Possibilities For Real College Success

This is a very interesting blog to read, as a high school student or as a college student. “When your attention is focused on getting into college it’s easy to forget about what happens after you’re admitted. The excitement of getting a ‘yes’ easily blots out thoughts of how to be successful once you’re on …

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Oct 30

How To Make Sense of College Rankings

Frank Bruni of the New York Times writes about rankings. “Rothwell, who is now at Gallup, conceded that even the best rankings were ‘deeply flawed.’ ‘They don’t measure learning outcomes,’ he told me, ‘and it seems to me that that’s probably the chief goal of higher education: to teach people.’… ‘We should not overlook the …

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Jun 26

2 Extra Years In College Could Cost You Almost $300,000

It’s very important to review colleges’ graduation statistics and retention rates because the longer a student stays in college, the more costs are incurred. In fact, sometimes what might seem like a less expensive route, for example, state schools, can end up costing more when students are closed out of courses they need and are …

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Apr 03

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids

“Here are some of the questions she plans to ask her own kid: Do you like the idea of being the smartest student in your class or surrounded by really smart kids? Is it important to find a specific course of study or to have a wide range of options? Do you like the idea …

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Mar 13

Hidden Gold in College Applications

Frank Bruni offers insight into the college admissions process. “There has been a crescendo lately in talk about how to conduct college admissions in a manner that brings greater socioeconomic diversity to campuses, making them richer places to learn and better engines of social mobility…. And he’s proof, Farmer said, that ‘if we’re viewing everybody …

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Aug 31

How Picking A College Is Like Buying A House

There are many similarities between selecting a college and buying a house. Click here to read more in an article I authored. If you’ve ever bought a house or have thought about buying a house, you are likely to consider many factors. If you want to find a house that is truly a home, think …

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May 05

How Do You Begin The College Process?

Here is a Question and Answer Series that I author for Local Luxuries. This month I was asked the following question. “How do we know where to start with college applications? It’s very intimidating these days and I’m concerned because I want my son to have lots of college choices. Is there anything I can …

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Apr 12

When It Does Matter Where You Go To College

It’s called “undermatching.” “There are all sorts of reasons why students pick less-selective colleges. They might want to stay close to home or go to the least-expensive college (this is particularly true of poorer students). Or maybe they are worried they won’t be able to keep up with their classmates. Bowen and the other researchers …

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Dec 28

Universities Are Using Statistics To See If A Student Is A Good Gamble For Them. It Is Working!

Universities are predicting the outcomes of accepting students into their universities. It is working! “Dupaul, the associate provost for enrollment management at Southern Methodist University, is one of a growing number of university administrators consulting the performance data of former students to predict the outcomes of current ones. The little-known effort is being quietly employed …

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Nov 30

How Helicopter Parents Are Ruining College Students

“The study showed that those college students with ‘helicopter parents’ had a hard time believing in their own ability to accomplish goals. They were more dependent on others, had poor coping strategies and didn’t have soft skills, like responsibility and conscientiousness throughout college, the authors found.” Read more by clicking here.    

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