You would think by now I'd be used to it. You'd think it would be no big deal by now. I've been doing the "going to college" thing now for five years straight. Four years with my daughter overlapped by three years with my son.
He discussed testing students as a measure of college preparedness, the issues of inequality and discrimination in the classroom, and the state of the US public education system.
Along with being a great way to kick-start a college career, a degree from a community college can still help students land a good job in the state of Illinois.
Samantha, Brianna, Anthony and so many like them at Union Settlement show us the power of giving and how far a little help can go.
Community colleges are central to addressing the burgeoning skills gap, but we can't do it alone.
The burden of college readiness seems to fall on our K-12 system. How are we preparing students for this college-ready work? This is where the controversy sets in. We all have different opinions of what that looks like in terms of instruction.
Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again.
If 10 students registered for a race but nine of them didn't have access to sufficient training to run the distance within qualifying time, we would not be surprised if only one runner actually qualified. Those in higher education circles who report college completion rates don't seem to recognize this dynamic.
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The Common Core is a reminder of the credo literature professors live by. Language is the building block of great sentences, great paragraphs, great chapters, and great books. We cannot take it for granted.
Many of the students who enroll in developmental classes are promising students, bright and capable of college-level work. The issue for a number of them is they do not know how to prepare for college -- and just as importantly, their families do not know how to prepare for college.
If you come up with a list in February, followed by some careful research, you and your family can take advantage of Spring Break and early summer to visit colleges that are good matches for you.
It's unacceptable that, at best, 34 percent of low-income first-generation students graduate from college. When I think that only about 2 percent of foster kids in America will graduate college, I'm outraged. When will we decide to honestly and effectively address this shameful situation?
When all is said and done, the best case for colleges admitting you is offering them a stellar application that articulates who you are as a student and person. Here are seven things you can do to make sure your application stands out from the crowd.
If you are able to meet face to face with an admissions representative and make a very good impression -- particularly in an official admissions interview -- that rep might become an advocate for you, arguing your case in admissions selection meetings.
For seniors, the college application process has begun (or is beginning now). In my last blog, I identified four common, but avoidable mistakes college applicants make in completing applications, and promised to follow with more.