A $10,000 Degree

Texas is trying to create a bachelor degree that costs no more than $10,000. This is a laidible goal to help serve the hundreds of thousands of current and potential students who current take on enormous debt for their education. But questions arise about how they will accomplish enough cost savings to lower the price. One option is the 2-by-2 …

Internships or Jobs?

Most will agree that internships are valuable experiences that give students a “leg-up” when it comes time to apply for “real” jobs.  There is a thin-line, however, between what is an internship and what is a job. The Chronicle recently featured an article on internships, Internships Have Value, Weather or Not Students Are Paid, which upholds this longstanding tradition. The …

College Admissions vs. Student Admissions

College admissions rates give students the wrong prospective. Colleges provide this information to prospective students and the general public; this information is widely disseminated through the U.S. News rankings.  In fact, the lower a school’s admissions rate, the better it will do in the rankings; thus providing an incentive for schools to increase their already massive numbers of applications for …

Deferring Employment

Every year, a new cohort of college graduates must figure out “what to do with their lives.” Many students have had a plan for years and have done all the work preparing for what comes next. Other students recently discovered an interest in a particular field. And then there is a large group of graduates-to-be who have no clue what …

Going to class today?

This is a question that is all too common on today’s college campuses.  For parents, this could be quite a startling idea (think: “I pay how much money for you to NOT go to class!?!”).  But this is the reality.  College students are finding, more and more, that going to class just is not a good use of their time.  …

Cutting Back Financial Aid

These are tough times for everyone, including the most prestigious universities.  As more and more students need and qualify for financial aid, schools are beginning to cut their packages.  The 568 Presidents’ Group features 20 or so colleges that have committed to need-blind admissions.  Schools are beginning to drop out. Williams College began cutting back last year, when they revised …

Early Action Returns

Almost six years after Harvard University and Princeton University rid of their early admissions options, today, they announced that it will return.  Starting with the Class of 2016, Harvard will offer the opportunity to apply for early action admission.  Princeton released their news shortly thereafter. In 2006, Harvard ended its early action option stating that this (and other similar programs) …