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5 Tips for Securing Recommendation Letters

Writing college applications can prove to be a big job—especially when you have a "story" to tell. Students tend to focus on the essay—and, sometimes, the interview—in conveying key messages. In doing so, they completely overlook a potential source of powerful testimonials to their stories: letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, coaches, and mentors. Read [...]

A Newcomer Makes Good in the Credentials Market

LONDON — Rows of sweating, fidgety college-bound students sit waiting to collect their diplomas, half listening to the platitudes offered by principals and head teachers while their parents sigh with a mixture of pride and relief. It’s high school graduation season. A century ago a high school diploma was both a certificate of academic prowess [...]

Students experience political change in Morocco

During the course of the past several months, numerous countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa, including those of Tunisia and Egypt, have experienced sweeping and dramatic reforms. Citizens took to the streets in protest of their overbearing, authoritarian governments. This Arab Spring, the name given to the revolutions that have touched much of [...]

Race as a Factor in College Admissions

Fifty years ago, Congress and federal regulators redefined how the nation would deal with blatant and latent racism. Two generations have passed. Today, more minority families have succeeded in careers once closed to them because of inequities in higher education. We are a better nation, but also a different nation, and therefore we need an [...]

Federal Agency Won’t Drop Restriction on Public Advocacy by Sea Grant Recipients

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has refused to amend a guide for Sea Grant extension agents to let them take stands on matters of public debate, frustrating environmentalists who had sought the change because a University of Alaska marine-conservation specialist lost a grant for criticizing the oil industry. Read more...

6 Steps to Beating the Shortage of Financial Aid for College Students

Did you know that only about 40 to 50 percent of college students will get some type of financial assistance in the form of grants and scholarships in 2011 and 2012? According to experts, there are six steps that all college students should take to increase their chances of being among the lucky ones to [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Take Summer School

In elementary and high school, one would think those two words should be never be so close together. It seems though, that somewhere in the madness of college, students did a complete 180 and decided “summer” and “school” were long-separated lovers that needed to be right smack next to each other. At my college alone, [...]

Educators Push Efforts to Get More Latino Men Into College

Latino men are "vanishing" from the higher-education pipeline, a trend that could spell serious trouble given current demographic trends. That was the message delivered to more than 250 educators, counselors, students, and community leaders here on Friday at the Latino Male Symposium. Read more...

Even for Cashiers, College Pays Off

ALMOST a century ago, the United States decided to make high school nearly universal. Around the same time, much of Europe decided that universal high school was a waste. Not everybody, European intellectuals argued, should go to high school. It’s clear who made the right decision. The educated American masses helped create the American century, [...]

Congress Proposes Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

As college costs continue to rise, and in an economic climate where family incomes are suffering, more and more students must borrow in order to gain access to higher education. The result is that an increasing number of graduates find themselves saddled with high educational debt. As we previously reported, the Project on Student Debt [...]