Since news broke about the college admissions cheating scandal, I have been reading a lot of articles about it, and watching a lot of news programs. It has been encouraging to see that most people are truly indignant about all the harm that has been done by parents who have attempted to get their children into elite colleges through bribery and lying. Those parents have done untold harm to their own children and to students who have been denied admission to top-tier colleges. How will those students ever recover from this scandal in the years ahead? Read more
Ms. Place’s Ninth-Grade Students Visit UC Berkeley to Picture their College Futures
Only three years ago, students at Mt Diablo High School in Concord, CA had only a vague idea of what they wanted to achieve in their lives. When asked, many simply replied that they wanted to make their parents proud. Read more
…But Be Sure to Read the Fine Print
Do you know a student who just plain cannot afford to pay any money at all for college?
Well, there is no shame in that. And the good news is, tuition-free colleges really can be found. The issue is that even though they really do exist (unlike leprechauns and unicorns), they usually only offer free tuition to students who meet certain requirements. Read more
Students Who Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions: How Does their Performance Compare to that of Students Who Entered from High School?
What percentage of students who are attending four-year American colleges started out at community colleges? Are they more, or less, likely to graduate than students who entered directly from high school? Read more
Back in 1985, a group of educators founded fairtest.org, an organization dedicated to the idea that standardized tests like the SAT and ACT should no longer be used to evaluate college applicants. In the years since, the “test optional” movement has picked up speed. On the fairtest.org website today, you can find a list of more than 1,000 colleges and universities that do not require either the SAT or the ACT. Read more
How are 120 American colleges remaining competitive and relevant today in athletics, community relationships, curriculum reform, and other areas they need to succeed? You can find out in “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples from the Sector,” a report that The Council of Independent Colleges published last March. Read more
If you have a son who has developed strongly conservative political views, should you encourage him to apply only to schools that support his outlook? Or if you have a daughter who leans left on the political spectrum, should you encourage her to apply only to schools where she can comfortably express her liberal viewpoints? Read more
It’s time for high school seniors to start thinking about their college applications. It will soon be time to get organized about visiting campuses, filling out applications, writing college essays, and lots more.