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Archive for January, 2012

Not Enough Counselors at Community Colleges!
January 10th, 2012

A Student Success Task force approved the following for Community College students:

“Under the new plan, all students will be expected to set up an education plan to move quickly toward an associate’s degree or vocational certificate. If they linger too long or take too many classes unrelated to their goal, they lose registration priority.

Though applauded for this major policy move, I can’t help but feel this is so basic and obvious its frightening that this was the Task Force’s design for reform. On a more practical level, students at community colleges already struggle to have face-time with a academic counselor when no “plan” is required. Who is going to help them devise a “plan” and follow through?

Best Public Universities 2012!
January 5th, 2012

http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/best-values-in-public-colleges-2012.html.

To get the most out of this article start by reviewing their criteria and note the ratings for some public universities vary substantially when considering as an in-state student or out-of-state student. Despite substantial cuts the University of North Carolina appears to continue to protect the classroom. A lesson the University of California should study. Good news UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego are in the top 10 this year which has not always been the case in past years. Note Kiplinger ranks private universities as well. Again the key to considering rankings whether Kiplinger, US News, Colleges that Change Lives or others is to first understand their criteria.

Perhaps most important for the entire family, the Head Start College program paces students to complete their applications by Thanksgiving.

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