This week marks the tragic first anniversary of the nine shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, and in December 2016 it will be four years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children, ages six and seven, were killed. As a parent and grandparent, I know we all want our kids to grow up healthy and happy, and provide them with a safe place in which to grow. I don’t own a gun and never had the desire to, but leaving politics aside, those who do own guns certainly bear a greater responsibility to the rest of us […]
IN today’s WSJ Opinion section, the writers tried to convince readers that due to rampant grade inflation at the high school level, using the SAT is an absolute requirement (the only one left?) for selection of aspiring college applicants. They try to make a case by pulling random data and quotes to justify the precipitous decline in a student’s college preparedness attributing it to a massive inflation of the academic GPA. The writers conclusion seems to advocate or even insist that admissions officers must rely mainly on standardized test results to […]
The new SAT will soon become the standard bearer for the College Board’s standardized test. It faced an enormous amount of criticism when it first surfaced in sample form last year and the CB spokespeople had a difficult time explaining their reasoning and why the drastic change was being implemented.
A couple of answers to this appeared to make a lot of sense: the old SAT had some biases, it was not based on current educational standards and higher predictive outcomes were seen as favoring the “haves” while disenfranchising the […]
To stem the tide of overwhelming student debt, the Federal Government has come up with a number of programs that can ameliorate the borrower’s level of pain. Some entail public service based efforts which when a stipulated period of service is completed, the balance of the loan is forgiven. Another attractive offering is the IBR or income based repayment.
This program, which was established in 2012, allows the borrower to pay a percentage of their discretionary income to meet their monthly payment obligation and can reduce the budget squeeze of a much larger payment as per the original loan agreement. On […]
MBTI personality assessment for college-bound students has been a great tool to find college majors for students. As the school year starts Chip and I are so grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to work with a diverse group of young men and women who are entering college for the first time this fall 2015. We remember the process by which students grew in confidence and strength, and began to realize the true depth of their own potential. Through the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and many conversations […]
Rape in College
If you’ve read “I am Charlotte Simmons”, by Tom Wolfe you see how Charlotte, a first year college student is sexually assaulted in college. brutally by a fraternity brother. She turns the situation around by adhering to her home values, and in the end, her attacker gets his comeuppance.
Charlotte was excited about starting college, meeting new people and be popular. Like in the musical Wicked, “popular” is the drumbeat at Charlotte’s college, and she is surrounded by girls who, like in the musical, are as cool and pretty as Glinda. Charlotte is more like Elphaba, who does not fit in because she comes from […]
Are you interested in nursing? There are two avenues to gaining admission to nursing programs: direct entry immediately upon graduating from high school and entry after two years of college. Direct admission to a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing or BSN is super competitive these days. The colleges that take high school graduates directly into this major require higher grade point average and standardized test scores than for general admission to Arts & Sciences.
So it is helpful for students to think through and decide whether or not they are completely sure of wanting to major in nursing or should instead apply […]
It’s February and time for the annual pandemic of ADD!
Aha, if you are thinking this story is either wacko or just another rant about Attention Deficit Disorder you are incorrect. This seasonal event starts in late December and can last until April and in some cases even into the summer. This ADD has to do with college admissions and only students truly immune from this syndrome are those that have had the joy of receiving an offer of admission from the college to which they applied via the Early Decision process.
The ADD in this case is Admitted, Deferred or Denied. For the […]
When students with learning disabilities decide to go to college, they face not only the challenge of finding the right college match but also the right type and the right level of learning support services.
In our private practice we encounter a variety of students who will need learning supports in order to be successful in college. Some may have learning disabilities that were never diagnosed and may be performing way below their potential. Others are fortunate to be receiving the highest level of support from their high school, called an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). A lower level of support just […]
As the search for a solution to the one trillion dollar of student loan debt rages on, let’s not forget that this trillion is still in repayment: people are still making monthly payments on their student loans. The government and taxpayer are likely not going to lose all of this trillion. Most of the borrowers are repaying this debt. We may not recoup the entire trillion but more than likely we won’t have one trillion in defaulted loans. I’m writing this in reference to this article: http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/education-planning/why-african-americans-were-denied-parent-plus-loans-colleg
It does not mean that an entire trillion is lost. The majority of borrowers are in repayment […]