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Researching whether a college will close
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Researching whether a college will close

Researching whether a college will closeFor most colleges and universities, competing for high school seniors has been a cutthroat Hunger Games exercise for many years. Before the pandemic hit, the majority of colleges were failing to meet their freshmen admission goals every year. At the start of the pandemic, some respected higher-ed observers predicted that many colleges would close by the summer, but that hasn’t happened. So far, most schools are still open for business. Whether this will last, remains an open question. Whatever happens, it makes sense to do your own research on whether colleges on your child’s list are financially stable. Resources to evaluate a college’s financial health To help you with that task, I’m sharing some new and old resources that attempt to divine how fin...
8 Tips For Freshman Year In College: Make The Best Out Of It!
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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...
A Decade of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!
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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...
How Your Social Media Can Actually Help You Get Into College
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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...
Make Up For The Cancelled 10th Boards- The Profile Building Program
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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 ...
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We Are Not in the Same Boat

We Are Not in the Same Boat “We are all in the same boat …” This phrase has been uttered a million times since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Frankly it quickly became cliché coming from everywhere -- from friends on social media, from the leadership within my institution, from local businesses in their endless radio/TV/internet advertisements, even from government officials. Sometime in late April, a new sentiment emerged and was immediately picked up across social media platforms … “I heard that we are in the same boat. But it's not that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship can be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa …” This new sentiment is usually attributed to an unknown author, but it may have originated with this tweet by Damian Barr. Fu...
‘Grasp’ and the Post-Pandemic University
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‘Grasp’ and the Post-Pandemic University

‘Grasp’ and the Post-Pandemic UniversityGrasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn by Sanjay Sarma and Luke Yoquinto Published in August of 2020. Before we talk about why Grasp is an important contribution to the literature on learning science and higher education change, we need to talk about how this book is written. Grasp is an absolute pleasure to read. Rarely are academic books written with such attention to style. The quality of the writing in Grasp raises, at least for me, a couple of questions. My first question is about the audience. Is Grasp intended for a specialized audience of academic educators and university leaders? Or is Grasp written for a non-specialized readership - say, anyone outside of academia interested in how the scientific understanding of learning is evolving?...
A Great Free Book on Campus Finances That You Should Read
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A Great Free Book on Campus Finances That You Should Read

A Great Free Book on Campus Finances That You Should ReadDuring the past decade, higher education came under attack from all sides. Critics on the right complained about declining academic standards and rigor and the suppression of free speech, while those on the left called out overpaid senior leadership and administrative bloat and, at times, an overemphasis on research at the expense of teaching and vocationalism at the expense of the liberal arts. Despite disagreement about the root causes, all sides agreed that tuition and student and parental debt were far too high and graduation rates much too low. A belief that graduates were ill-prepared for the workforce also gained widespread acceptance. Efforts to elevate the conversation about higher education finance, however, have fallen lar...
The importance of developing cultural intelligence
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The importance of developing cultural intelligence

The importance of developing cultural intelligenceUNITED KINGDOM-UNITED STATES As two of the top host countries in the world, the United States and United Kingdom have long benefited from attracting large numbers of international students. Internationalisation dialogue and policy have primarily focused on income and reputational growth. Currently, both countries have a political climate that is challenging for those engaged in recruitment.We would argue that although income is, of course, important, of equal importance is the opportunity for our home students to learn in an international learning environment and for all students enrolled at our universities to foster the capability to be effective contributors in our diverse societies and globalised workplaces. This is what should be dr...
A breathtaking shift from autocracy to an open HE system
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A breathtaking shift from autocracy to an open HE system

A breathtaking shift from autocracy to an open HE systemUZBEKISTAN The higher education landscape in Uzbekistan, Central Asia, has been changing rapidly over the past three years. Since the passing of Uzbekistan’s first president, Islam Karimov, in 2016, who had been in power since 1991, the country has seen an about-face under the leadership of his successor, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.Under Mirziyoyev, a swathe of policies aim to transform higher education into what one government minister has called ‘Universities 3.0’.These policies will give universities more autonomy to choose their own leaders and to manage their own affairs through their governing bodies, will give universities greater control over student numbers and course offerings and will liberalise price controls on tuition fees an...
I’m A Parent – What Should I Be Doing While My Child Applies To Colleges?
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I’m A Parent – What Should I Be Doing While My Child Applies To Colleges?

I’m A Parent – What Should I Be Doing While My Child Applies To Colleges?Parents may be watching as your child gets ready to fly the nest, but there’s still more for you to do first! Provide support without taking over. It can be hard for parents to let students take the lead during college applications, but it’s crucial. You can – and should – be a cheerleader for your child, you can offer advice and help, but your role is that of an assistant, not a manager. Your child should take the lead, with you staying at the periphery. Check in to help your child stay on track. It’s a good idea to schedule regular check-ins, whether it be once a week or once a month. Your child can come to you with issues at any time, but regular check-ins allow you to gauge their mental state, any concerns they h...
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Bridging the Gap Between Curriculum and Career

Bridging the Gap Between Curriculum and CareerStudents don’t graduate for many reasons, but one critical reason, within an institution’s power to change, is that students don’t see a connection between their studies and a possible career. Way too often higher education relegates career preparation to select majors, separate classes, and special offices on campus. But breaking down these barriers helps all students succeed.  Unfortunately, many campuses have created an artificial and increasingly damaging divide between subject-matter learning in the classroom, and learning designated as career-relevant. In part, this divide has arisen because “career-ready” has become a false synonym for technical learning or skills, rather than the development of skills most often associated with successf...
Why learning isn’t the most important thing kids lost during the pandemic
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Why learning isn’t the most important thing kids lost during the pandemic

Why learning isn’t the most important thing kids lost during the pandemicThe last 12 months have been a furious, unrelenting assault on the senses. In March 2020, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, the in-person school year was first suspended, and then abruptly canceled. Many children from historically marginalized communities simply failed to appear online, their absence pointing to enduring, systemic inequities in our school systems. Only a few months later, as our collective sense of dislocation grew increasingly taut and unbearable, George Floyd was killed in Minnesota, setting off months of some of the largest protests in U.S. history. Published at Fri, 23 Apr 2021 18:55:03 +0000 Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/04/23/why-learning-isnt-most-imp...
Understanding the Difference Between Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans
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Understanding the Difference Between Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans

Understanding the Difference Between Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans Are you worried about how you’ll pay for college or looking for ways to lower your family’s out-of-pocket costs? While it’s true that a college education comes with a high price tag, securing financial aid can help you confidently pursue your educational goals. There are many different funding opportunities that can help you finance your college education, including scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans. You’ll find that these opportunities each have their own requirements. Learn more about different financial aid options for your undergraduate studies, and determine what’s right for your needs. Scholarships Scholarships are one of the best ways to pay for college. You don’t have to repay scholarship...
Financial Aid Award Letters: 8 Things to Consider
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Financial Aid Award Letters: 8 Things to Consider

Financial Aid Award Letters: 8 Things to ConsiderTwitterFacebookLinkedinemailiStock You’ve been accepted to college? Perhaps more than one? Congratulations! Now it’s decision time, and determining financial fit is part of the process. Here are eight things to consider as you review your award letters. 1: Expected Family Contribution (EFC) After successfully completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be provided a Student Aid Report (SAR). On the SAR is a number called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)—and you’ll see that number come into play on each of your financial aid award letters. The EFC determines your eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA) and many private scholarship organizations also use it to assist in making award decisions. Your EFC wil...