Jan 29

Don’t Fear General Education

“One area that seems most elusive is information about a college’s ‘core curriculum’ or general education program…. Why is information about the general education program so mysterious? Why don’t colleges devote time and energy discussing their core curriculum? I think the answer probably lies in the fact that most prospective students and their parents think about general education courses and core curriculum as required obstacles to get over.”  Click here to read more.

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 campus. By all means, enjoy the moment, but when things die down and you’re making your final decision, remember that ‘success’ in college has many facets….

All that is normal, though. It’s part of the transition from the familiar to the unfamiliar; from the security of home and high school to the adventure of being in a new community. You’re expected to make a lot more decisions on your own, and at eighteen, you’re considered an adult. That’s a lot of responsibility to take on all of a sudden. To avoid feeling let down, disappointed, or anxious, go to college assuming that everything will be different from what you expected. Not better or worse, just different….

I’ve noticed over the years that the happiest students in college are those who allow themselves to be open to possibilities, who aren’t afraid to try a course outside their comfort zone or an activity they’d never tried in high school….

As you look through the course catalogue of your chosen institution, don’t ignore offerings in departments outside your major. If you’re a biology major, take an art history or a classics course; if you’re an English major, take a geology or a physics lab. What might really surprise you are the connections you may find between seemingly disparate subjects. How does the language we use influence our sense of history? How have scientific discoveries changed not only our view of the world, but even the way artists portray it? Why do people behave differently in crowds than they do individually? With luck, like Socrates, you’ll see that ‘knowing nothing’ can be the most valuable quality of all.”

Click here to read more.

 

Jan 15

Top 10 Ways To Annoy Admissions Counselors

“Ultimately, though, college admissions counselors are people. There are certain things that irritate them.” Click here to read more.

Dec 17

Five Myths of a Liberal Arts Education

“Here are the five big myths surrounding liberal arts education — and why you shouldn’t believe them:

  • Liberal arts education is only for the elite
  • It’s prohibitively expensive to attend a liberal arts college
  • Graduates have a staggering amount of debt
  • This kind of education isn’t practical
  • Liberal arts graduates are unemployable

We only need to look to our business leaders to see the value of a liberal arts education. Michael Eisner of Disney majored in English and theatre at Denison; the CEO of Procter & Gamble was a French and history major at Hamilton College. Former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson majored in English. Harold Varmus, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and one-time head of the National Institutes of Health, majored in English, as did the former CEO of Xerox and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.”  Click here to read more.

Dec 10

College Board To Offer More Accommodations For Students With Disabilities, ELLs

“The College Board announced on Thursday that it would make it easier for students with disabilities to request test accommodations…

The College Board and its competitor, ACT Inc., have increasingly faced criticism—and questions from the U.S. Department of Justice—for testing practices that put students with disabilities at a disadvantage compared to students without disabilities.

Now, the College Board has announced, starting on January 1, most students who use testing accommodations at their school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the PSAT 10, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement exams.”

Click here to read more of this article.

Here are a few other related articles.

Click here for College Board’s New Process for Accommodations article.

Click here for The Washington Post’s article.

 

Dec 04

A Guide To Getting A Bachelor’s Abroad

“While graduate programs have long attracted international students, undergraduates are seizing upon the vast opportunities to enroll in foreign colleges for a complete bachelor’s degree. The number of options to do so is growing by the year.”  Click here to read more.

Nov 13

Colleges are paying to get personal information on students — here’s how they’re using it to make admissions decisions

“Just as companies pay for consumer data to make informed decisions, it turns out, colleges and universities do the same, according to a report by non-partisan think tank New America.,,,

The report also explained how colleges rank students based on this data. Admissions teams individually score students’ likelihood of becoming an applicant, being admitted, and deciding to enroll, usually on a scale of 0-10 based on factors like: race and ethnicity, zip code, high school, and anticipated major, according to the authors.”  Read more by clicking here.

Nov 06

Letters of recommendation: An unfair part of college admissions

“But ironically, many of these calls for reform seem to overlook, and even re-emphasize, one of the biggest barriers to college admission at selective institutions: The letter of recommendation, which is either required or recommended by over 1,100 of the 1,943 four-year, private and public universities that grant degrees and admit freshmen, according to federal data….

I tell my own kids all the time that life isn’t fair, and I’ve even said that about the college admissions process.  But the letter of recommendation seems to make it even less so, especially when very selective institutions use the letters to illuminate nuances of character, intellect, curiosity, and special talent that help an applicant rise above the masses of otherwise similar students….

This seems grossly unfair: The letter has virtually nothing to do with the student’s performance, and a lot to do with the teacher’s ability to turn a phrase, note interesting character traits, structure a cogent series of paragraphs that tell a story, and even throw in a few instances of discordia concors to show his or her own wit and charm.  In short, it’s as much about the teacher as the student. Is that the intent?” Read more by clicking here.

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 effort that it takes to be a serious student,’ Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California system, told me recently…. ‘You get out of it what you put into it,’ she said.” Read more here.

Oct 16

What’s The Latest? Women in Engineering and Computer Science

“Last year, women publicly asserted their place in engineering through a movement that caught fire on social media. Seeking to dispel stereotypes, they posted pictures of themselves at work with the hashtag #ilooklikeanengineer.” Click here to read more.

“This table shows the number of bachelor’s degrees in engineering and in computer science awarded in 2014-15 at colleges and universities, as well as the share of those degrees earned by women.” Click here to read more.

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