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Don't Wait to Get off a College Waitlist

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.31.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Anything you submit must be new and compelling evidence about why you are a great fit for the college. Do not repeat information you already provided. Prepare the materials now!

Board Member Advocacy

Richard D. Legon | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Richard D. Legon

Recently, we've seen policy leaders in a number of states propose draconian cuts to their investments in public higher education. And while all of our institutions are looking to contain costs and invest wisely, some of the proposals appear to be more about politics than they are about smarter higher education policy.

Explaining Feminism to a Frat Boy

Jessica Beeli | Posted 03.31.2015 | College
Jessica Beeli

Students in every level of schooling are often assigned the extremely basic task of defining terms. As a person who has been going to school for pretty much her entire life, I'd like to say that I've mastered the art of the simple definition. Except for that one word.

Why You Need to Be Concerned About FratPAC Lobbying

Erin Spencer | Posted 03.31.2015 | College
Erin Spencer

While still in the early stages, the FratPAC agenda is already raising serious questions--ones that need to be addressed. One thing that is clear, however, is that making it harder for survivors of sexual assault to report doesn't sound like a step in the right direction.

Denying Higher Education to Undocumented Students is a Roadblock to Future Economic Growth

Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Zenen Jaimes Pérez

Every year, of the at least 122,600 undocumented seniors in the country's high schools, only around 2,000 are expected to graduate with a college degree.

Why you Should Never Trash Your Safety School

The Prospect | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
The Prospect

There is so much hate for safety schools. They're treated like dirty words. But you know what? All schools are awesome. And any school that accepts you deserves your respect. Your safety school is probably somebody's reach.

College Meal Plans Are Stunting Our Growth

Emily Reich | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
Emily Reich

Requiring meal plans keeps college students dependent on someone else during the period when we are learning to be autonomous. For all of the freedom afforded to us in college environments, meal plans serve as a slap in the face of our independence.

Colleges of the Future Must Go Back to the Future

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Robert E. Johnson

Higher education must educate young people for jobs that do not yet exist, to solve problems that have yet to be identified. Upon graduation, they must be fully capable of adapting to change and reinventing themselves throughout their professional careers.

Everyday Abolition: We Are Responsible for the Prison Industrial Complex

justin adkins | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

I have been thinking a lot about violence at the hands of the state -- the police state we have become -- and the prison industrial complex (PIC) that we've developed. And since I work in higher education, I have been thinking especially of everyday abolition in the college setting.

10 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Australia

College Tourist | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
College Tourist

Did you know that around 80 percent of plants and animals found in Australia are unique to this country only? The variety of animals you can see here over any other place in the world is astounding.

More Attention Given to a Small Liberal Arts College Closing Than a Giant For-Profit College System Shutting Down

John A. Tures | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
John A. Tures

When tiny Sweet Briar College announced its closing, it was front page news. It was heralded as the beginning of the end for liberal arts colleges and single sex schools. But when the large Corinthian College system closed campuses across the country, it did not receive the same level of attention.

Seeing the College Admissions Glass as Half-Full

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.27.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

The happiest students in this process are willing to attend several colleges on their lists; they realize that these colleges will offer them extraordinary programming, including merit scholarships.

The History of March Madness in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Fun fact: The first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament was held in Evanston in 1939? Did you know that despite hosting the first tournament, Northwestern University has yet to make an appearance? Or that only one Illinois college has won the national championship in the tournament's 75-year history?

A Professor's (Minimally) Academic Farewell to Glee

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 03.27.2015 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

At this point, you've seen myriad so-longs, farewells, Auf Wiedersehens and goodbyes to the now-departed, cultural phenomenon of one syllable: Glee.

Why I Root For The Underdogs (And You Should Too)

Tyler Lewis | Posted 03.27.2015 | College
Tyler Lewis

After spending several Marchs in front of a television, I have finally come to a conclusion about sports: I love the underdog.

Get In, Get Info, Get Out: The Awesome Art Of Skimming

Uloop | Posted 03.26.2015 | College
Uloop

Whether you blatantly ignored the assignment the night before, had nine more to do or genuinely forgot, everyone has missed a reading assignment. The sheer volume of reading asked of college students is onerous and unrealistic.

Rethinking The Drinking Age

Ann Lewis Hamilton | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Ann Lewis Hamilton

Why don't we trust our 18-year-olds? When I was growing up, my parents (and many other parents) were realistic about teenagers and drinking. At that time, the drinking age in Virginia was 18 for wine and beer and 21 for hard liquor.

Money Management Gap Between Parents and Teens Shows Need for Education

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Jack E. Kosakowski

Many young people want to learn about managing money from their parents. A significant majority of teens we surveyed (84 percent) say they look to their parents for information about how to manage money.

March Madness: A Game Plan for Higher Education and College Athletes

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Helping student-athletes understand how the brain works should enable them to view the brain as something that can be strengthened and optimized, like the body. Through hard work and training, academic skills can develop in tandem with physical abilities.

The 7 Types Of Bosses College Students Want

Uloop | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Uloop

In my experience, and thanks to some feedback from current and former students, college students appear to want a boss who has the following characteristics.

The Most Important Lesson From College? Learning How to Take Care of Yourself

Nora Turriago | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Nora Turriago

Taking care of oneself is a learned act that requires purpose and patience. As a college student, I have had to develop tactics to successfully navigate being in a stressful environment. Ultimately, I've learned that taking care of yourself and listening to what your body needs is rule number one.

The Penn State Kappa Delta Rho Member's Defense Is Flawed

Jamie Ballard | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Jamie Ballard

The news that the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State had allegedly run secret Facebook pages where they posted images of nude, unconscious women should have come as a surprise. But given the numerous incidents of fraternity misconduct in recent months, it didn't.

How to Make the Most of Your Last Semester of Undergrad

Kaitlyn Russell | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Kaitlyn Russell

Although the next couple of months are encompassed with the unknown, embrace all that you have become familiar with during the past few years. College offers incredible experiences so grasp onto them before you set off into an entirely new adventure.

Creating the College List

Jeannie Borin | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

If you are flexible and your goal is to attend a university that is a good fit for you, your interests, and your future, then creating a college list is paramount.

Beyond the Classroom: Experiencing Technology Innovation Up-Close-And-Personal at SXSW

Anna Hodge | Posted 03.24.2015 | Technology
Anna Hodge

Putting technology into the hands of millennials, and putting them in front of the innovators of the 21st century at events like SXSW is game changing. There is truly no stopping the next generation of thinkers and doers.