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In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical
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In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical

In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical There is a good chance that you are losing potential students right from your own backyard. In the post-COVID world, online education is growing and the competition for student demand is intense.  Students in your markets may be going right out of your own proverbial backyard, and if you aren’t looking at the right data, you may not even know it, let alone correct for it. Accurate insights are critical for making the most efficient program decisions and investing in drawing your students closer to home.     When Evaluating Online Attendance, Traditional Data is Misleading   Traditional data sources such as IPEDS are out of date, and they do not show the true picture of competition in the online space.  There is better data out ...
The State of Online Competition for Higher Education
Graduate Admissions

The State of Online Competition for Higher Education

The State of Online Competition for Higher Education   Years before the pandemic, online enrollment began its rise.  Using the most recent data from IPEDS through 2018 for on-campus fall enrollment, we discover a downward curve of three percent, year-over-year, since 2013.  In contrast, there is a three-percent growth in online enrollment.   Now, of course, we have a year of pandemic lessons learned behind us.  We begin to recognize the value of online programs in higher education, even while we continue to adjust to its turbulence.  If you're an on-campus institution, it's not an easy market.  Online institutions are gaining traction.  If we look at 2018 to 2019 enrollment below, we discover another problem.  Online-heavy institutions are successfully scaling up with student population...
8 Tips For Freshman Year In College: Make The Best Out Of It!
College Planning

8 Tips For Freshman Year In College: Make The Best Out Of It!

8 Tips For Freshman Year In College: Make The Best Out Of It!The first day of college can be nerve wrecking for many students. So, today we are going to be giving out some of the best tips for freshman year in college that will help you out throughout the year. So, get ready to enter into a whole new world with endless possibilities and a vision of a bright future. Every student would have big hopes and dreams about their college. The journey so far would have been a memorable one. But hey, gear up to find much more in your college. Are you ready? Without further ado, let’s jump right into it! 8 Tips For Freshman Year in College Does the word college resonate with the word fear for you? Knock that fear and anxiety out of your system because you’re a freshman and have the potential to be an...
Use this Valuable College Admission Checklist
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Use this Valuable College Admission Checklist

Use this Valuable College Admission ChecklistUsing  a college admission checklist is critical when your child is applying to colleges and universities. Allowing  a teenager to apply to any colleges without a solid game plan can be a financial and academic disaster. In fact, ignoring advance planning is one reason why ONE OUT OF THREE students who start at four-year public and private colleges and universities end up transferring somewhere else. What a terrible track record that is!! College Admission Checklist Here are five college check-list items that you and your child should accomplish before sending out applications.  If you’ve already submitted your applications, you can definitely still do some of these tasks: 1. Use net price calculators. If money is an issue, you should not allow ...
Teacher: No, my lesson to 7th graders on ocean pollution is not indoctrination — even if a state legislator thinks so
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Teacher: No, my lesson to 7th graders on ocean pollution is not indoctrination — even if a state legislator thinks so

Teacher: No, my lesson to 7th graders on ocean pollution is not indoctrination — even if a state legislator thinks soWe tend to come to teach our kids with everything with a twist to it. And I think transparency is one of the most important things we can do, and maybe what we’ve learned from this pandemic, through virtual, some of the parents actually seeing what their children are taught and how they’re taught. I saw in the Charlotte Observer the other week a English teacher was complaining because he had to do remote learning and in-person learning at the same time and it caused him to shorten his English class on environmental pollution. What you think about that? So I think ... this will help the parents going to the next grade be able to look and see what that teacher taught the year ...
A Decade of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!
College Planning

A Decade of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!

A Decade of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools! On April 22, the U.S. Department of Education named the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 27 schools, three early learning centers, five districts, and five postsecondary institutions are recognized for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impacts and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective education. The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 20 states. The 2021 cohort include 24 public schools – among them, five charter schools and one magnet school – as well as three nonpublic schools. More than half of the honorees are in communities where mo...
An Improving Pandemic Outlook for Younger Americans
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An Improving Pandemic Outlook for Younger Americans

An Improving Pandemic Outlook for Younger Americans A series of vaccine developments and the loosening of restrictions amid an improving virus trajectory may foreshadow a welcome return to normalcy for many young Americans, just as summer vacation nears. By early next week, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue an emergency use authorization allowing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be used in children 12 to 15 years old, a major step ahead in the United States’ efforts to tackle Covid-19. Pfizer also expects to seek federal clearance in September to administer the vaccine to children age 2 to 11, the company said on Tuesday. Vaccinating children is key to raising the level of immunity in the population, experts say, and to bringing down the numbers of hospitaliz...
Rising Seniors: Preparing for the Year Ahead
Graduate Admissions

Rising Seniors: Preparing for the Year Ahead

Rising Seniors: Preparing for the Year AheadWhat Rising Seniors Can Do to Prepare for the Year Ahead Many current juniors who will be rising seniors this summer are well aware that their final year of high school is exceptionally important. Students must juggle completing their personal statements, applying to colleges, and preparing for graduation, in addition to keeping up with friends and extracurriculars. While 12th grade is certainly a busy year, there are several steps rising seniors can take during summer break to set themselves up for success. Keep reading for our top tips for making the most of your final year of high school. Keep Track of Your To-Do List There’s no denying that your senior year of high school is a busy time for all students. Instead of getting stressed out, take...
How Your Social Media Can Actually Help You Get Into College
College Planning

How Your Social Media Can Actually Help You Get Into College

How Your Social Media Can Actually Help You Get Into CollegeThe internet is an integral part of most people’s lives nowadays, with every thought being documented online. But how will your social media accounts affect your college applications? Not every school or admissions officer looks at applicants’ social media, but when they do, what you post can absolutely have a positive or negative effect on their perception of you. Lots is written about the negative, and some students (and more parents) are tempted to just take everything down and go dark. It’s no surprise with the rise of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and dozens of other platforms that your social media now plays a role in public image. The question is, how can you leverage it? Clean up the bad. Comb through your social...
Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class
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Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class

Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Two years ago, on a soggy January day at the University of Oregon, Peter Laufer, a journalism professor, picked up a copy of The New York Times and presented his students with a reporting challenge. He read from a feature at the bottom of Page 2 that highlights an article from The Times’s archives each day. It covered the experience in early 1960 of a fourth grader in Roseburg, Ore., not far from the college. She had written to her congressman for the names of Russian schoolchildren with whom she and her classmates could be pen pals, but the State Department denied the request, fearing they would b...
Weeks Become Months: Teaching During a Pandemic
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Weeks Become Months: Teaching During a Pandemic

Weeks Become Months: Teaching During a PandemicIn March of 2020, I said, “See you on Monday” to my students on what I believed to be an ordinary Friday, albeit a Friday the 13th. That would be the last day I would see them for months. There was a period of uncertainty as everyone grappled with our new reality. The unadulterated meaning of pandemic, hit fast and hard.  After weeks of educational triage, sending emails and hoping that students would tune into our online classrooms, the 2019-2020 school year ended with only a brief respite before the next school year began. March to May was rough, but how could we learn from what didn’t work during “quarantine teaching?”  How do we uphold educational integrity while still acknowledging that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and a frag...
Make Up For The Cancelled 10th Boards- The Profile Building Program
College Planning

Make Up For The Cancelled 10th Boards- The Profile Building Program

Make Up For The Cancelled 10th Boards- The Profile Building Program1.4 Million. That’s the number of students who had registered for the CBSE 10th boards this year.  Now, with the 10th board exams already canceled, these students will be assessed based on their internals and practical marks. And just in case a student is dissatisfied with the scores from the above assessments, he or she has the option to apply for the 10th board exams later. Situation Now The most popular question that’s been doing the rounds since the news broke: Will the above assessment metrics hold enough individual credibility for the students in the future? Because let’s be honest, the grades of a student in a competitive exam are the very first metric that is put into evaluation in any selection process. Be it only ...
New FAFSA Changes – Winners and Losers
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New FAFSA Changes – Winners and Losers

New FAFSA Changes – Winners and LosersThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be undergoing significant changes soon and families, who hope to obtain financial aid, need to prepare for the FAFSA changes. Tucked into federal pandemic relief legislation that Congress passed during the Christmas holidays, was a dramatic overhaul to the FAFSA and financial aid rules. Last week, I talked to Mark Kantrowitz, a nationally prominent financial aid expert, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the federal financial aid system. I’d urge you to listen to my conversation with Mark, who knows more about the upcoming FAFSA changes than just about anybody in the nation. The changes will kick in for the 2023-2024 school year. This means parents filling out the FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2022 will b...
Online Colleges

6 GREAT REASONS TO ATTEND GRAD SCHOOL ONLINE

6 GREAT REASONS TO ATTEND GRAD SCHOOL ONLINEOver my five-decades of experiences with distance learning, from correspondence to online Internet, I have never seen a better time, or better reasons, to earn a graduate degree online.  Here are my favorite six motivators:1. You’re never going to be this young again.  So, take the opportunity today to start your online graduate degree program, with a lifetime of enjoyment, successes, and increased status and earnings ahead of you. 2. In my opinion, developed as founder and president emeritus of two (2) successful and accredited online universities, one in California and the other in Arizona, I believe with 100% certainty that a good online education tops a good on-campus education.    3. The benefits of a good online education include: active se...
Taking the ACT and SAT Going Forward – Or Not
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Taking the ACT and SAT Going Forward – Or Not

Taking the ACT and SAT Going Forward – Or NotIf your child is a high school junior, it could be trickier this year to decide whether to take the SAT or ACT in 2021 (assuming greater availability) and also whether to submit scores. To help with this decision, I am running an informative post written by Bruce Reed, a cofounder of Compass Education Group, which regularly creates high quality advice about standardized testing. In addition to Reed’s post below, I’d urge you to download a copy of an invaluable guide that Compass has been producing for years and regularly updates. The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing, which is 69 pages, covers such topics as the current testing landscape, test-optional developments, PSAT and PreACT, Score Choice and superscoring and much more. Taking th...