Fall 2010 Update

It’s been a busy summer, with a lot of great meetings and progress.  Unfortunately, writing blog posts hasn’t been part of that, and I’m hoping to post more once school is fully underway.  I’m also planning to add an audio page to my website, and to finish some needed updates of the pages. A few …

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True Stories: A College Failure Turned To Success

“James” was a 21 year-old-man when I met him.  From the Pittsburgh area, he graduated from a well respected suburban high school with a 2.8 GPA and above average SAT scores.  He attended a large state university in the mid-south, and his struggles began almost immediately, manifesting fully during his third semester.  He was placed …

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College Transition Planning Is The Key To College Success

Making an effective transition to college is the key first-year success, and to ultimately seeing graduation.  In many cases, transition planning is not formally done, and the mistakes of not thinking about it become apparent only in hindsight, after something goes wrong. An effective transition should be defined by what a successful transition would look …

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Parents Often Left At A Distance For College

Besides the normal social, independence, and geographic reasons that parents find increasing the distance from their students when they head off to college, there’s another barrier that will keep them wanting for information:  Federal law.  Parents are often surprised that they are unable to find out anything about their child from the college due to …

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Does College Require “Financial Risk Management?” Yes, It Does.

The word “risk” in financial terms generally refers to the odds of incurring monetary losses from a given endeavor.  Businesses think of risk in terms of losses due to theft or liability, and investors research their decisions to ensure that their assets appreciate, rather than reduce in value.  Research, planning, and using preventive measures are …

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Young Men Less Likely To Marry, See Job Stability Due To Lack Of Degree

In it’s January, 2010 Report “Women, Men, And The New Economics Of Marriage,” the Pew Research Center highlighted an important trend in marriage among Americans ages 30-44.  While women in the 1970’s gained more economically by marrying, the trend is now reversed:  Men are now the ones who have more to gain economically from marriage.  …

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