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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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How Many AP Classes?

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Jay Mathews, education writer for The Washington Post, has written an article about how many AP classes a student ought to take. After initially writing in an article that students do not need to overload on AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes, he decided to solicit some opinions on the number of these […] [Read More]
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The GPA Game

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As an Independent Educational Consultant, I am often asked about what the colleges are really looking for. “Does not having community service hurt my son in admissions?” “Will one poor grade kill my daughter’s chances?”  “How many extra-curricular activities do I need?” The answers to these questions and more will be discussed at a seminar […] [Read More]
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