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Cause for Alarm?

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This is a good example of an article or news story that gives information but may leave the reader confused. The headline is kind of alarming: “Study: 4 in 10 Finish College Where They Start” The article states that this study found “Fewer than half of all students who entered college in 2007 finished school […] [Read More]
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Major Problems with the Common Application

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The Common Application, which has been around since 1975 and now has over 500 colleges as members, underwent a comprehensive overhaul and made its debut on August 1, 2013 as the CA4. Having participated in a webinar back in May, I was aware of the proposed changes, including big changes to the essay, and was […] [Read More]
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Students and Social Media

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I, and many others, have been writing about students—both in secondary school and college—and what happens when they share too much on social media.  I wrote here three years ago that what students say on social media can come back and haunt them when it comes to college admissions. That was followed two months later […] [Read More]
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College Rankings

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It’s the beginning of the new school year and the beginning of the “application season” for the Class of 2014. Right on time, we have the new US News and World Report College Rankings. College Rankings, or any rankings, are only as helpful as the methodology—what information they gather and how they weight that information—they […] [Read More]
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Future Women Engineers

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I would never have known how divided girls and boys toys were if I had not had two sons before I had my daughter.  We had plenty of boy toys in the house, although at the time I think I considered most of them unisex toys.  My boys loved to build –and then destroy—things and […] [Read More]
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Cheating Really Is Wrong

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I read this article in the Washington Post Education section, “Why schools should relax about cheating”.  There is a lot about academic cheating in the news today—from kids paying others to take their SATs to administrators changing students’ answers on high stakes exams. Intrigued by the headline I decided to find out exactly what the […] [Read More]
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Some Wait-List Figures

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The New York Times has a grid that gives the yield rates and the wait list figures for some selective colleges and universities. Good news if you were one of the lucky 67 offered a spot in the freshman class from Boston University –of the over 5000 who were offered spots on the WL.  Or […] [Read More]
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Admissions Limbo: The Wait List:

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When students apply for college admission they can be accepted, rejected or offered a spot on a “Wait List”. Students who are offered a place on the wait list can tell the college to keep them on the wait list—indicating that they hope to be invited to join the incoming freshmen class—or they can say, […] [Read More]
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