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The Right Time to Take the SAT

Friday, February 27th, 2015





If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Traditionally, high school juniors take the SAT for the first time at the beginning of the second semester.  A major reason for this is because they have had enough math instruction to tackle that part of the test.  Many will [...]






College Graduates Guaranteed Minimum Salaries

Friday, February 13th, 2015





Almost everyone agrees that the rising cost of college  tuition is of great concern for most American families.  Well, a new program in Michigan is creating quite a buzz  as a way for students to handle their student loans.  An article in the USA Today reports that this program guarantees “every graduate would make more [...]






Computer Science, The Next Job Wave

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015





Alison DeNisco, writer for District Administration, reports that even though there will be 1.4 million computing jobs in the United States in 2020, there are only 400,000 students studying computer science.  The 2013 AP computer science exam results show the following: Only 30,000 students took the AP computer science exam.  That’s fewer than almost every [...]






Single Sex Classes on the Rise

Friday, December 26th, 2014





Except for their physical education classes, many parents who attended public school may have had all co-ed classes.  Enlightened thinkers believed that there was no justifiable reason to continue this practice because it promoted gender stereotypes.  New thinkers are re-visiting the idea of single-sex classes in light of improvements in academic performance where it has [...]






A College Degree, Still Worth It

Friday, December 12th, 2014





Conflicting reports about the value of a college education are confusing to prospective college students and their parents.  One editorial on the Brookings website suggests that a college education is still valuable despite some warnings to the contrary.  In his editorial, “College Is Not a Ludicrous Waste of Money,” Gary Burtless writes, “The economic reward [...]






New College Financing Tool

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014





Financing a college education is the subject of many discussions and political wrangling within the country, but a new tool may become available to prospective college students.  A recent article by Beth Akers on the Brookings Institute website explains that Income Share Agreements (ISA) could improve students’ options for financing their college education. ISAs are [...]






SAT or ACT?

Friday, November 21st, 2014





Adding to the confusion and anxiety of applying to college is the entrance exam.  A recent post on the Edweek College Bound blog reports, “Some students are opting for the SAT over the ACT because they mistakenly believe that the College Board’s exam is favored by colleges.” A survey of Kaplan SAT students found that [...]






Deciding on a College Major

Friday, October 31st, 2014





Students and their parents often focus on choosing the college, but the results of The American Community Survey suggests that it’s more important to focus on the major.  Libby Nelson’s article, “13 Charts That Explain Why Your College Major Matters,” on the Vox website provides insights about this important decision.  Here are the best and [...]






Fitness and Your GPA

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014





Attention college students:  If you want an edge for improving your overall GPA, join a gym!  An article by Nina Friend on the Huffington Post website reports a recent study led by Michigan State University kinesiology and epidemiology professor, James Pivarnik, showed that among the 4,843 freshmen and sophomores who had memberships to MSU’s recreational [...]






College Degree Attainment by State

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014





A recent post on The Huffington Post website cites the recent release of “A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education” report from the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education.  The Foundation advocates the attainment of college degrees and higher rates of degree attainment.  It recommends that [...]






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