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Buying Essays

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I was reading Jay Mathew’s column in the Washington Post the other day.  He is one of my favorite education writers and I am always interested in what he is discussing.  His column was about essays that students buy online, from essay mills. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. However, technology now makes this […] [Read More]

Merit Aid versus Need Based Aid

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This article in the New York Times discusses the rise of merit aid at some colleges.  This is not a new discussion and some folks are against the idea of merit aid and feel that it takes resources away from need based aid. As an Independent Educational Consultant, I get a lot of questions from […] [Read More]

Optimism at The University of Connecticut:

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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran this story, tilted,  Bucking the Bad Economy, a Few Universities Plan to Hire Hundreds of Faculty. (This article is only available to subscribers.) The article, written by Beth Mole, describes a visit to the campus by a prospective professor who said the vibe on campus was optimistic. To […] [Read More]

College Board Cancels Summer SAT

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Yesterday, the College Board canceled its ill-conceived idea of allowing a handful of students– whose parents had paid $4500 for a summer program– to take the SAT in August. As I wrote in this blog last week, the decision to give the SAT in the summer—when many, many students would love to take it— to […] [Read More]

SAT in the Summer?

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The NY Times has a short piece about the SAT, here. I suspect this will be the first of many on this controversial subject. Their headline says it all, “For a High Price, SAT Available in Summer”. As any Independent Educational Consultant, high school guidance counselor or high school student can tell you, the SAT […] [Read More]
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Student Debt

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Student debt is big news these days.  I have seen numerous articles about student debt with headlines like this one from the Wall Street Journal “Despite Concern, Banks Give Student Loans the Old College Try”, this from the Huffington Post “How I’m Repaying $120,000 in Student Loans” and from the Boston Globe, “How much college […] [Read More]

Is This Carrying Things Too Far?

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A colleague sent a link to this article in the NY Post about some high schools instituting guidelines about how seniors should announce their college acceptances and choice. To quote the article, “In an attempt to ease the blow of a student’s first big rejection, New York prep schools are instituting dress codes and Facebook […] [Read More]
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Charging More for Popular Classes?

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A few weeks ago, I read about a community college in California that was considering charging more for the most popular—and therefore harder to get in to—classes. The article from The Atlantic indicates that these popular classes are the ones required for graduation and to be able to transfer. Santa Monica College has 34,000 students […] [Read More]

Social Networking and Admissions: Who is Checking?

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I am not a big fan of social networking like facebook and twitter. I am sure that this is mostly due to my age and the other part is that I am not fond of  the amount of over-sharing we see.  Yes, I finally got a facebook account but that was the only way to […] [Read More]

College Decisions–By Mail or on the Web?

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Jay Mathews of The Washington Post posed this question to his readers today. Would they rather get their admissions decisions by mail –the old fashioned way– or by logging on to a website to find out their fate? Although I really like the idea of knowing an exact day and time to log on and […] [Read More]