College News

The Year In Review

Well, here we are at the end of another year. For those of us of “advanced years,” it’s hard to imagine that 12 months have come and gone. Such is the perspective of aging. Looking back across 2015, we can see familiar happenings related to college, along with some new trends. The familiar includes the ...

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College: All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

A while back, I wrote a post here entitled B.R.O.K.E.N. In it, I railed about why the ideal of college has become corrupted and is slouching toward irrelevance. At the risk of quoting myself, I made some points to support my thesis: Generally, I’m not big on cute acronyms, but I thought I would coin one ...

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Who’s Watching You Online?

Over the years, I’ve written about the perils of young people (high schoolers and college students) being careless about what they post on the Internet about themselves. This applies mainly to the wonderful world of social media, Facebook, mainly. In a recent post, I noted, “I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do ...

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Bill Gates Never Said This

You gotta love Snopes.com. As you may be, I’m always bombarded with these annoying emails that have 17 “FWD:” indicators in front of their subject line. That means that the original message was probably sent back around the Hoover Administration. Anyway, I got one of these “forwarded forwards” last night and the subject line said: ...

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What’s Wrong with Higher Education?

The nice part about having a blog is being able to spout off about whatever topic happens to be bothering me the most. Today, I’m going to take advantage of my bully pulpit here to talk about the problems of higher education. Well, I’m going to express a few of my opinions and then hand ...

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A Warning Shot Across The Bow

One of the bigger issues in national economy discussions is the ever-surging cost of going to college. I won’t bother showing you a chart that documents that fact. Just imagine two lines. The one that looks relatively flat over the past few decades is your income. The line that appears to track the flight of ...

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Admission Highlights 2011

By most accounts, this has been a tumultuous year for college admissions, especially at the highest levels. I’ve written in past posts about the exceedingly competitive applicant pools and crushingly low acceptance rates of the Ivy League and other so-called “elite” colleges and universities. Now that the dust has begun to settle (except in the ...

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Inside Elite Admissions

Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall during college admissions committee deliberations? When it came to my own children, a son and daughter, I often fantasized about being able to witness their respective colleges’ reactions to their applications. I wasn’t as interested in hearing highly complimentary personal things about their accomplishments as ...

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Higher Education Trends

There has been so much fast-moving action in the college admissions world lately that perhaps you may have missed some of the more significant changes. Keep in mind [Warning: personal commentary ahead] that colleges and universities make changes almost exclusively because those changes will benefit them in some way, rather than the other way around. ...

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‘Got Knowledge from College?

Parents, have you ever asked yourself what you learned in college? Speaking for myself, I would have to say that I learned how to learn. I suppose that I can recall certain facts and dates about various specific subjects, but overall, the main thrust of my college “education” was extracting strategies and methodologies about how ...

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