All across America, students have been waiting eagerly to start college or return to the campuses they love. Some of them are lucky enough to have their schools welcome them to campus. But as soon as students are starting to arrive, some of them have wasted no time in making the mistake of heading off to parties on or off campus. Read more
The Chronicle of Higher Education Now Offers Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans
Are you planning to pack the car and move to campus in time for orientation, or for the start of fall semester? And will your college be open and waiting for you?
Thankfully, the Chronicle of Higher Education is now offering an online directory of the plans that more than 1,030 colleges are making for the fall. And even better, the Chronicle is making this list available for free online. Read more
. . . what do they say about our schools and your school?
Over the years, Black student associations at colleges across America have created accounts on Instagram. If you look back through what those groups have posted in the past, you will see that a sizable portion of it has been fairly traditional Instagram fare. Student groups have posted praise for faculty members, announced events, and occasionally reported on troubling experiences fueled by racial discrimination on campus. Read more
Unfortunately, the best answer could be, “who knows?”
Is your college welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, going completely online, shutting down entirely . . . or doing something else? And is it cutting tuition or giving refunds if it is not planning to deliver what it promised?
Because North American colleges and universities are not run by one governing body, each college and university is answering those questions differently. We seem to have entered a chaotic period in higher education. Hopefully, we will never see this level of uncertainty again. Read more
Don’t Throw Away Your Sharpened Pencils . . .
“The University of California Board of Regents today (May 21) unanimously approved the suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024. The suspension will allow the University to create a new test that better aligns with the content the University expects students to have mastered for college readiness. However, if a new test does not meet specified criteria in time for fall 2025 admission, UC will eliminate the standardized testing requirement for California students.” Read more
New College Freshmen . . .
This is the time of year when high school seniors have traditionally made their final college selections, mailed in deposits, bought college apparel, contacted their future roommates, and gotten ready to make the exciting transition to college.
But now students, their families and colleges all seem to be in the same pickle, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are just a few of the issues that have risen to the surface.
There are many reasons why it makes sense for this year’s graduating high school seniors to take a year off – a gap year – before starting college.
Students who opt for gap years could . . . Read more
“Thousands of Students In New York Face Shuttered Schools,” an article in The New York Times on March 10, 2020, reports that more schools could close because of the current Coronavirus scare. The article reports that public schools have closed in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York. And it you do a little searching online, chances are you will find that public schools near you are have either closed down temporarily or have contingency plans to do so if students, teachers or administrators become ill. Read more
Dozens of summer STEM programs are available for high school students. Many are held on college campuses. Some courses are taught by their regular faculty members, others by undergraduate and graduate students.
What subjects can your high schoolers study at these programs? Course offerings vary, but most programs offer courses like these: Read more