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Panic at the End of the Semester

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Around this time of year with exams and papers looming and only a few weeks left in the term many students face panic at the end of the semester. It is academic crisis time.

8 Things You Should Do to Make the Most of Freshman Year

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

To help you get off on the right foot, here's what every freshman can do to ensure success long after that first year of college is in the rearview mirror.

In Defense of the College Graduation Rate

Robert Shireman | Posted 10.24.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Already there are a lot of questions about the skills of college graduates. We would be well-advised not to make it even harder to trust that colleges are maintaining the integrity of the degree.

After Orientation, the Real Work Begins

Beverly Low | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Beverly Low

For the past 20 years, I've been directing orientation programs for incoming college freshmen. All of a sudden, I am the on the other side of the equation -- I am the new face -- a little nervous, but eager to get started.

College Advice From the People Who Matter Most (Pt. II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Don't approach college like it's supposed to prepare you for anything. Take classes because they interest you, not because they'll check off some box in a future employer's job readiness assessment.

College Advice from the People Who Matter Most (Pt. I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The world enjoys no shortage of advice, both good and bad, about how students can get into college. But for all the thousands of dollars that families spend on preparation, all of that support vanishes once students actually enroll.

Choosing Your Professors and Keeping Those Ties

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 09.03.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Among the most important people who will influence your college life and, even life after, will be your professors. And they will help you increase your grades if you know how to engage them.

Feeling Burned Out? Take A Gap Year

Posted 03.31.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For UCLA student Mai Lee, a gap year program between high school and college proved to be instrumental in determining her academic trajectory. "My ...

How Your "Peeps" Can Get You Through College

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Empowered as you were by your family when you struck out on this whole college venture, your college based tribe sends you out to take on leadership roles on campus, thus enhancing your resume.

What Does Daniel Craig Have in Common With Low-Income Students?

Jessica Pliska | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Jessica Pliska

British movie star Daniel Craig is accustomed to difficult situations. He plays James Bond, the suave and shrewd British spy who manages to escape from one impossible scenario after another.

When Students Are Unprepared for College, the Solution Isn't Remedial Classes

Jessica Pliska | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Jessica Pliska

As a nation we have expanded access to college for more students than ever, a tremendous accomplishment. However, we have failed at making sure they can graduate.

The Right Fit: Low-income Students and College Success

Karen Gross | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Karen Gross

The bottom line is that determining fit is costly. It is not like stepping into a dressing room at a mall. Imagine the monies spent by wealthier families to hire college advisers and then visit campuses, often with overnight stays and plane trips, not to speak of days taken off from work.

Seven Big Mistakes College Students Make

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

College students have been known to make all kinds of mistakes, including stupid ones usually involving too much beer. Here are seven scenarios where not speaking up can be a disaster. They play out far too often on campuses daily.

What You Get for Your College Degree: The Value of Being an Alumnus

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

We think about the value of going to college but the actual value is in being a graduate from college -- being an alumnus.

Study May Have Found Key To Closing The Gap Between White And Black Graduation Rates

Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices

The chips are stacked against black males trying to make it through school and experts have pointed to everything from the Great Recession to the 1980...

Just Do What Justice Sonia Sotomayor Did

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 05.20.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Take the risk, find the allies, seek support. It works over and over. Try. Just do what Justice Sotomayor did.

College as the Dress Rehearsal for Your Career

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

If careers are built on networks then creating a reputation as someone who is great to be around, reliable, polite, and hard-working is something you want to cultivate while in college.

9 Specific Tips for a Successful Semester

Cristina Lara | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Cristina Lara

To help you start your semester off on the right foot, I've compiled a list of specific suggestions. All of these tips come from students who are going through the same, or similar, stresses as you. They know what they're talking about.

Making a Mistake Is NOT the End of Your College Career or Your Life

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 03.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Walk yourself back from the brink and look at the salvage options. When there is a plan B things usually work out. Be sure to have a plan B. Mistakes can be overcome if you know the tricks of the trade.

Ensuring Success for Low-income College Students

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

It's not really "news" that some students do not complete their degrees on a traditional timetable; what's big news is that many do ultimately earn their degrees and go on to become great examples of academic achievement to inspire their children and families.

The Really Important Book College Students Rarely Read

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 02.13.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

The college catalog is the really important book that college students rarely read. Yet it is both bible and contract for students.

The Virtue of the Noisy College Student

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 01.12.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Making noise, finding your voice is an essential life strategy. Students today claim to be communicating more than any generation before using technology. But the technology of texting, Facebook, and Twitter is silent.

An Administrator's POV: Who Is Accountable for Student Success?

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

If institutions of higher learning are genuinely committed to increasing student retention and graduation rates, it is essential that they create and sustain a culture of caring, anchored by high expectations and accountability.

Value Proposition of Higher Education

David Zorn | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
David Zorn

It is time to shift the focus of the current debate from the ownership structure of schools to how our nation can lead the world in having the most trained and most educated workforce.

Not Just Access, But Success

Jeff Abernathy | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Jeff Abernathy

Colleges recognize the key truth that those students who are most successful -- the first level of success being graduation in four years -- form the patterns that make them successful early in their academic experience.