To have more positive outcomes, we need to have a balance of positive images. We all say we want positive images, but what is positive, to whom and for what purpose?
At a well-publicized speech in Buffalo, New York on August 22, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he would create a plan for sweeping reform of higher education. The details were sketchy, but the projected plan would institute a rating system of colleges and universities nationwide.
College Financial Aid,
Federal Financial Aid,
Paying For College,
Student Financial Aid,
According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.
It has become more and more common for people to underestimate 20-somethings. The message is that you don't need to be responsible or have a direction in life when you are in your 20s. But your 20s do matter!
When you think of Christmas, you think of joy. You think of glamorous décor -- bits of tinsel littering lawns and living rooms; trees bloated with shiny bulbs; strings of colorful lights draping porches and garages. But not all Christmases are wrapped perfectly in glossy silver paper with a white bow on top.
Somewhere around 21 years old, everyone hits the mid-ish life crisis that no one ever warned you about. While most college students are thrilled that finals are over and preparing to eat every crumb of food left in their parent's fridge, college seniors are peering into the dark abyss of life.
In vocabulary, English is the richest modern language. It is constantly surprising even to those word gatherers among us who spend much time exploring dictionaries, especially the larger and older lexicons that harbor thousands of neglected words -- words that may be a bit dusty but are none the worse for disuse.
It was an up and down year for higher education, as each of these matters took a turn atop the 24-hour news cycle. While I am not particularly nostalgic, I'd like to review some of the highlights -- and lowlights -- of 2014...
One has to ask, if the system is really fair if it doesn't acknowledge or understand abusive coaching styles and how that affects an athletes' performance? We need to also realize that all people are not created equal and some thrive in environments where others are harmed and scarred for life.
The University of Michigan doesn't have any real problems with respect to its basketball program. Yes, losing seems bad. But because the pay of players is restricted by NCAA rules, Michigan is a winner even when the team loses.
Out on the sidewalk, I have absolutely no clue how this date is going -- and I'm usually pretty adept at gauging the waters. He suggests another (quieter) bar down the street. I take that as a positive.
Going to college breeds a newfound sense of independence. You redefine your sense of normal and your sense of home. Then, you're thrown back into the time warp that is your childhood home and it brings the back all the feelings of being of child without actually being a child.
Here's a checklist of eight things you should do after graduation to keep your life on track without losing track.
College campuses have always been grounds for debate and free thought. This is well known: the idea of the college campus as a home for activism is woven into the history of many of America's most important movements for social justice.
I often feel like I see two distinct angles of the current generation of 20-30 year olds. Both, riding a wave of technological advances making it easier than ever to share ideas. On Saturday, December 13, I felt the contrast in stark relief with the convergence of two cultural events: The Millions March NYC protest, and 2014 Santacon.
All lives should matter, but this is not a current reality for Black people and people of color in America.
Even though winter break bucket lists don't exist like they do for the summer break, there are definitely ways to make these three week memorable and productive. Here are five ways to spend your winter break! (Maybe you'll even come away with a "winter break story!")
Spread the word -- education is worth it, it is necessary. We need every child -- indeed everyone -- to have access to learning in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment.
I am humbled by the immediate and quick action from faculty and staff to create safe and honest dialogues on these sensitive, complicated, and deeply rooted issues that require us to look honestly at our core believes and long held stereotypes.
Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.