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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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How To Think & Problem Solve Like An Expert

Can you think like an expert?  Of course, and you most likely do this already in some ways.  In the 1970’s when computers were being developed (and actually before the internet), some studies looked at human memory and problem solving approaches.  The most coveted information was on how “experts” in various fields approached problems and …

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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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How Much Writing Will You Do As A College Undergrad?

One element considered by the National Survey of Student Engagement, an annual survey done at 1,300 4-year colleges every year, looks at the type of work that college freshmen and seniors do. The recent survey found that first-year students, on average, wrote 92 pages during the academic year, while seniors wrote 146 pages. For freshmen, …

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Majority Of College Students Who Fail Had Little Planning Or Guidance

In a 2009 study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the group Public Agenda surveyed college students who did and did not graduate. Part of this study looked at the level of prior guidance and planning that students had before attending college. They study found that the majority of students, especially those who …

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58% Of American Students Take 6 Or More Years To Complete College

In it’s annual report, the Condition of Education 2009, the U.S. Department of Education described graduation rates for American students. The report focused on “traditional” students ages 18-24, and examined some basic factors: Public universities versus private colleges, males versus females, and the timeframes of 4, 5, and 6 years for those who did earn …

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