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Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Preparing for College
While rethinking admissions process, consider creativity
The Turning the Tide report released in January 2016 by the Harvard Graduate School of Education has colleges and universities across the country taking a hard look at what many believe is a deeply flawed admissions process.
Every Student Gets a Mentor
John Williams thinks every student should have a mentor, someone who can act as counselor, sounding board, advice giver -- and maybe, if the student is lucky, someone who can open doors in the working world. But to find a mentor, students need to learn to network. And for Williams, president of Muhlenberg College, networking has a vocabulary of its own.
Yes, Blame Mom and Dad
From Inside Higher Education. "Often when people think of helicopter parents, they think of another group of helicopters that I called professional helicopters. These parents are focused on improving academic and career success for their children. But pink helicopters are not as academically invested. They cared about academics only to the extent their children needed to stay in school. Their focus is on enabling their children to have the “best years of their lives.”
Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education
The NSSE report found that “three of the engagement indicators — higher order
learning, effective teaching practices, and supportive environment — were markedly related to all four areas of creative skill
development,” i.e., generating new ideas, taking risks, evaluating multiple approaches to a problem, and inventing new solution
Leisure College, USA
A 2010 American Enterprise Institute study referenced in the Chronicle article above found a marked decrease in the average study time logged by full-time college students since the early 1960s.
For Students, Expectations About Academic Rigor Are Far From Universal
“Fifty-four percent of freshmen and 61 percent of seniors at 585 four-year institutions in the United States and Canada said they were 'highly challenged to do their best work’” according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
University of South Carolina to consider charging different tuition for different majors
The University of South Carolina "will study the possibility of charging different tuition for different majors. President Harris Pastides told the USC Board of Trustees this week he can see charging lower tuition for some majors whose graduates will earn less, like history majors, while charging more for majors that cost more to teach and will earn more, like engineering, nursing, and business.”
The app that pays students for good grades
The KÜDZOO mobile app, which monetizes good grades with “deals and gift cards to local and national businesses,” is approaching 500,000 active student users.
Two former college presidents, both longtime scholars of higher education, discuss their new book on the problems -- real and imagined -- facing academe.