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March 15, 2011

Looking Beyond the Rankings to Find the Right College Fit

In searching for colleges, the parent looks to the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings. The son looks at where he can play ultimate Frisbee. Who's right? Marty O'Connell, executive director of the nonprofit organization Colleges That Change Lives, maintains that unless the parent p...

March 14, 2011

College Process Not So Complex, New Poll Reveals

Contrary to the hype about the college-application process, the College Board finds most parents and students don't think the process is overly complex.

March 07, 2011

Colleges Need to Be Innovative to Support Diverse Learners

To help more students be successful in college and be prepared for the work world, experts gathered at the 93rd annual meeting of the American Council on Education, said that colleges need to be innovative and rethink the way they serve an increasingly diverse student body. Here are some ideas floa...

March 04, 2011

Mentors Guide High School Students Through College Process

Educators and policymakers are anxious for answers to "what works" when it comes to getting more students into college. One low-cost intervention that seems to pay off: Pairing high school students with college mentors to help them through the application process. Researchers who did randomized ex...

March 01, 2011

Schools Embrace Web to Streamline College Planning, Apps

Some districts are turning to Web-based tools to empower students to manage their academic records and make it easier to apply for college.

February 23, 2011

Grim Economy Has Colleges Looking Closer at Ability to Pay

Colleges and universities struggling to make ends meet are looking more closely at applicants' financial status as one way to boost revenues, according to an article, Buying Your Way into College, in The Wall Street Journal last weekend. Many schools begin by admitting part of the class without reg...

February 21, 2011

Tips for Making the Most of Spring Break College Visits

Thinking about swinging by a few college campuses over spring break? I spoke with Don Fraser Jr., director of education and training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about how to make the most out of your visit. Planning is critical. Research ahead of time to learn all ...

February 07, 2011

New Facebook App Predicts College Acceptance Chances

A new Facebook app matches student profiles colleges and universities to predict the likelihood of the student making the cut.

February 07, 2011

Hovering Parents Don't Do Kids a Favor in the College Search

This generation of playdate-arranging, safety-obsessed, achievement-oriented parents often has a hard time letting the child take the lead in the college process. But, the experts say, we must.

January 18, 2011

College Board: Families Need Earlier Education About Costs

A report finds just 46 percent of parents know the cost of attending a public college in their home state, and many don't know about the aid available.

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