We seem to hear about China on a weekly basis, and it's always in terms of competition. Many aspects of Chinese development – mostly revolving around economic matters – are perceived as a massive threat to the US. We've been the world super power for decades, critics say, and it's only a matter of time before we're dethroned – and China seems like the most probably candidate, with their massive yearly economic growth and mindbogglingly huge population. But the economy isn't the only thing booming in China. Chinese investment in education is skyrocketing at the moment, and the results have been nothing short of astounding. From primary school all the way to higher education, Chinese students – particularly in metropolitan areas like Shanghai – are topping the charts in achievement. Maybe instead of simply fearing China's progress, we could learn something from how they're making it? Our schools could certainly use a few tips.
Law school rankings generate a lot of interest and usually serve as excellent reference points for determining which law school is right for you. For the most part the ranking systems use surveys and published records regarding the schools amenities and standards for generating the lists.
The most popular law school ranking system can be found in US News & World Reports magazine’s annual "Top Graduate School" list. However if you’re basing your opinions on law schools solely on that list, you’re selling your opportunities short. Before deciding which law school is right for you, you should check out the following 15 alternatives to US News & World Reports list.
1. Cooley/ Brennan Rankings
The first edition of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s rankings, called "Judging the Law Schools" was published in 1996. This online publication, now in its seventh edition, goes as far as measuring obscure items such as library square footage and number of minority students. These rankings are designed to analyze the educational effectiveness of American law schools. In contrast to the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking methodology, each factor is given equal weight.
2. The Princeton Review’s Best 170 Law Schools
This website maintains 11 ranking lists based on various parameters. However, the website fails to maintain an overall generalized ranking system. This means you may have to go through 11 different lists ranging from ‘toughest to get into’ to ‘most welcoming of older students’ before you are able to generate a list of the schools that can best help you achieve your goals. You must register (for free) with the website in order to access the rankings.
3. The Consus Group Composite Rankings
This system ranks 100 law school programs based upon published rankings, selectivity, salary, success of the schools graduates, and the percentage of admitted candidates that matriculate to the admitting university. The site also features additional ranking systems based exclusively on published and selectivity data.
4. Internet Legal Resource Guide’s (ILRG) Law School Rankings
You really don’t need to check any other rankings once you’ve gone through ILRG’s humungous ranking lists. The rankings are based on a single factor and the methodology is implicit in the ranking (not to mention the data source is explained in detail on the main page). And to top it off, the data used is always from the schools’ most current records. The site offers various single factor rankings of law schools including employment rate at graduation, median salary and student/faculty ratio to name a few.
5. Cost-Benefit Analysis of American Law Schools
This is another type of ranking from Internet Legal Resource Guide’s (ILRG). This system re-ranks the top 50 law schools as designated by U.S. News & World Report in terms of cost-of-living adjusted median salary. We recommend you use this as purely a reference point and not a conclusive guide because the data is fairly out-dated.
6. Leiter’s Law School Rankings
Also known as Educational Quality Rankings (EQR), this ranking system is published by Brian Leiter, a professor at the University of Texas law school. The ranking system focuses exclusively on the three factors central to a good legal education: the quality of the faculty, the quality of the student body, and the quality of teaching. This site is extremely informative thanks to the rigorous discussion of the criteria used, detailed listing of schools in various categories, and the inclusion of comparative data from other ranking services.
7. LLM Guide: Master of Laws Programs Worldwide
This site uses popularity rankings based on the number of hits/views to a law school program’s website from the LLM Guide website. The site also contains a directory of other websites containing national and international law school program rankings.
8. The Study of Philosophy in Law Schools and Top Law Schools for Philosophy
This is a ranking system with a twist – it is intended for students interested in the philosophical study of law. This site is a part of Brian Leiter’s Philosophical Gourmet Report which ranks graduate programs in philosophy. The content includes descriptions of the top rated schools and links to lists of specialty rankings for law schools including legal philosophy, tax law, health law, and many others.
9. Top Law Schools: Rankings
The first thing you notice is that this ranking system doesn’t have a methodology of its own. Instead it consolidates rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Gourman Report, Educational Quality Rankings, Insider’s Guide to Law Schools and Justice Brennan rankings. Despite this, the site is very useful for comparing the variety of ranking outcomes for a particular academic program.
10. Gourman Report
While the US News’ survey is the most popular ranking system today, it was not the first. For that, you’ll have to check the Gourman Report. Dr. Jack Gourman, a professor at California State University – Northridge, is credited with being the person to rank US law schools. His system, The Gourman Report (a print book published by Princeton Review) ranks both undergraduate and graduates schools. The last edition to include law school rankings was published in 1997.
11. Hylton Rankings
The Hylton Rankings are the brainchild of Dr. J. Gordon Hylton of Marquette University’s Law School. The rankings are derived from US News data, but lack "clutter." The rankings consider only LSAT (converted median) and peer assessment (as measured by US News’ survey of law professors).
12. Law School 100
The Law School 100 lists America’s top law schools and provides a secondary list of the additional ABA-Approved schools not mentioned in the top 100. This list is supposed to be based on qualitative, rather than quantitative, criteria; however, the website isn’t regularly updated and fails to mention the methodology used for compiling the list.
13. The Insider’s Guide to Law School
This annual publication ranks the top 25 law schools. It also provides valuable information on admission tips and campus life.
14. The ABA Guide
The bar association and the admissions council does not subscribe to the ranking system and vehemently denounce all rankings. The website of the American Bar Association offers an interactive website that helps students sort and evaluate different law schools using criteria like employment rates after graduation, bar passage rate, size of faculty, student body breakdown and tuition. The site includes descriptions, photographs and admissions profiles for all A.B.A. approved law schools.
15. The Ranking Game
Created by a professor at the Indiana University School of Law, this site serves as both a ranking service and an educational tool. The actual "Ranking Game" component of the page is a Java applet which allows you to create your own law school rankings based on various criteria. The site emphasizes the use and abuse of rankings using links to a variety of pages that detail the dangers of ranking systems.
Bill and Melinda Gates put a hefty portion of their billions into philanthropic efforts involving development, healthcare, and – of course – education. The foundation that bears their name sponsors a number of amazing opportunities for impoverished or otherwise marginalized individuals to thrive academically and vocationally, whether they be accessible inside the walls of a classroom or a library. Here are at least 10 of their current projects and strategies that they have in place to ensure that more students across the world obtain the education they need in order to thrive and help build and reinforce their communities.
1. Sponsoring Thrive by Five : Along with many other private and public institutions alike, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation work in tandem with Washington State’s Thrive by Five program. Bill Gates even once served as the chair of the board of directors. This nonprofit strives to provide the best possible early learning opportunities for children before entering into kindergarten. Among their myriad projects intended to stimulate small children and grant them with a head start in their education are numerous statewide initiatives that promote and encourage learning at home and libraries as well as in recommended institutions, the building of standardized, efficient models for schools to follow, and nurture partnerships with sponsors and other schools that maximize everyone’s educational potential. Their website outlines 3 extremely specific and altruistic goals that all of their projects follow – “Help create the environment to support early learning and positive child development,” “Make effective early learning programs more available,” and “Be a voice for and assist in building early learning systems.” No matter what service the citizenry takes advantage of, they are met with ideals painstakingly constructed to offer Washington’s youth a fantastic beginning to the schooling that will last them a lifetime.
2. Calling for Financial Aid Reform : Almost anyone who has ever had to deal with the Financial Aid system will freely discuss the various migraines associated with applying, receiving, and paying off their loans. Much of the research they site paints a grim portrait of postsecondary education in America, with at least 7 major points of financial concern for low-income students. Because of these factors, those from a lower socioeconomic bracket drop out of higher education at a much higher rate than their comparatively more fiscally stable contemporaries. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation refers to the current Financial Aid situation as “antiquated and needlessly complex,” and because of this they are utilizing their considerable resources to find a way to streamline the system so that it runs smoothly and allows more lower income students to graduate from college. One such measure the Foundation is currently undertaking involves providing grants to help defray some of the cost of an education. They are also researching the effectiveness of incentives and other means of encouraging financially-strapped students to stay in school instead of dropping out due to monetary concerns. Such reforms are targeted specifically to those struggling in Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington, but will hopefully grow to encompass all Americans in due time.
3. Providing Access to State-of-the-Art Technology : Computers, their peripherals, and the internet all open up numerous educational opportunities for students of all ages. Many institutes of higher learning now offer courses – even entire degrees – online as a cheaper, more convenient alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar campuses. Using the aforementioned research regarding the high rate of low-income students dropping out of college or university prior to graduating, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to offer grants to purchase technology that encourages financially struggling students to work on their classes and diplomas in a manner that dovetails nicely with their frequently harried schedules without cutting too deeply into their bank accounts. Adaptive software, cutting-edge technologies, digital video, open content, online delivery, and data systems comprise the majority of their focus, as they believe that these form the very core of an education supplemented by the ever-expanding computer industry. At the moment, they are currently testing the myriad ways in which access to the best possible technology encourages students to remain in school and complete their degrees through online courses that work in tandem with their lifestyle needs, trying to find the strategies that work best for everyone involved.
4. Promoting Flexible Postsecondary Education : Even college and university students who do not grapple against financial difficulties still face issues with scheduling their classes. Some still have to contend with full-time jobs and families in addition to an education, feeling stressed and forced to execute a delicate balancing act. The strain only elevates once fiscal concerns and Financial Aid issues begin creeping their way into the equation – and first-generation or low-income college students have it the worst of any demographic. Because The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation believes that education is a right as opposed to a privilege, it seeks to find methods of schooling that provide a great deal of flexibility without sacrificing quality. They are currently working with a number of different state institutions to formulate strategies that provide numerous opportunities without the complete hassle of stopping and starting for multiple semesters to take care of vocational or filial obligations. Accelerated programs and improved programs may both hold the key to providing a valuable education for those trying to study within strict time and/or financial constraints, and at the moment these initiatives are in place as a means of figuring out what works and what does not.
5. Building and Promoting Libraries Worldwide : The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in conjunction with 10 different countries across the globe, is working to build state-of-the-art libraries with books and computer terminals alike in areas that sorely need them. Education extends far beyond classroom walls, and providing impoverished communities with all the necessary and updated resources needed to supplement and support former schooling. They also engage adults seeking further understanding of the world around them as well – and at no added cost, either. Current projects involve hooking up free internet access in libraries around the United States before moving on to Vietnam, Chile, Mexico, Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Botswana, Ukraine, and Romania in later phases. With 40% of Americans unable to access the internet at home, this undertaking opens up numerous vocational and educational doors to a marginalized but still expansive minority – allowing them to apply for better jobs, attend classes, and explore the world in a way that expands their horizons and helps improve their quality of life. The process works closely with each individual library to ensure that all the needs of the surrounding community are met rather than adhering to one strict universal blueprint.
6. Providing a Multitude of Grants : Grants form one of the cornerstones of the social justice projects instigated or supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and they take a 4-part approach to giving them out in 3 separate but interlocking areas. Each of the 4 stages – “Develop Strategy,” “Make Grants,” “Measure Progress,” “and Adjust Strategy” – were created by the Gateses and their colleague Warren Buffett to specifically lead into one another in a cycle rather than a straight linear path. They hope to observe their grants in action to see what works, what does not, and what may need some retooling in order to bolster efficiency and maximize the amount of people being helped. Working with a blind eye turned to national or cultural borders, grants go not only towards educational opportunities such as financial aid, libraries, scholarships, technology, and – of course – schools, these grants also help develop struggling nations (and impoverished sections of wealthy ones), address homelessness and poverty issues, and provide immunizations and treatment for a number of curable and preventable illnesses that many individuals and families sadly cannot afford. Others are set aside to assist in times of national or international emergency, and on a smaller scale the Gateses also financially nurture communities in the Pacific Northwest region they call home.
7. Intensive Partnerships : Intensive partnerships involve a level of commitment far beyond the traditional variety, as one can probably assume. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has worked with a multitude of schools, libraries, and other institutions to organize and mobilize against social and educational issues alike. Memphis City Schools and the associated governing bodies, for example, received a $90 million investment to improve the lives of both the students and the surrounding community. The money addresses different problems that arise from life in a poverty-stricken region by nurturing the schools by improving their Advanced Placement programs, measuring and implementing effective teaching strategies, providing better rewards and incentives for educators, and working directly within the school environments themselves to begin dissolving potentially harmful cultural elements. Similar programs have been put in place in Hillsborough County, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles as well. Ultimately, these programs hope to motivate students towards success in a postsecondary institution and eventually landing a rewarding, satisfying career. Doing so holds the potential to significantly increase the number of degrees conferred in the United States, a number which has been wavered little since the 1970s.
8. Access to Learning Award: Incentives lead to a much greater motivation for individuals and corporations to work harder towards accomplishing a preset goal. Awards, bonuses, benefits, and other gifts stand as entirely win-win situations for all parties involved, and because of them students across the world have far more opportunities with far more qualified teachers and better technology than they otherwise would with their own occasionally meager resources. The Access to Learning Award is given through the Global Libraries portion of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a means of bolstering faith in and rewarding the libraries who foster education in their communities through books, programs, and internet access. Past recipients span the globe from a library in a small, isolated village in Australia to one bringing computers and the internet to Veracruz. Qualified institutions have to adhere to certain criteria before receiving the $1 million prize. Unfortunately, many scams have taken to using the Access to Learning Award as a cover for their shady activities, so the Foundation provides extremely valuable information on how to avoid falling victim to their scheming.
9. Providing a Multitude of Scholarships : In addition to their broad variety of grants and awards, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also offers up over 27,000 scholarships for high school students from low-income families. This reinforces this belief that anyone who desires to attend college and earn a degree should not be prevented from doing so. While most of the money goes towards American students and institutions of higher learning, much of it also funds the projects and prospects of internationals hoping to study within disciplines that will help to build and sustain their communities back home. Some of the scholarships, for example, are available for Cambridge University, aspiring law students, University of Washington, and African women interested in a career in agriculture. Graduate and undergraduate levels are all available for those who qualify by meeting certain income and academic standards. There is even one meant for promising fifth graders, teaching them the leadership and academic skills that will help them succeed in an institute of higher learning years later.
10. Sponsoring the Native Lens Program : The nonprofit Native Lens Program and its affiliate Longhouse Media serve two extremely valuable purposes. First, they provide Native American youths with all the tools they need to plan and produce films that blend together traditional cultural and storytelling elements and modern perspectives and ideas. Second, it also provides a glimpse into the inner workings one of the most consistently overlooked and marginalized minorities in the United States, allowing others to see how these communities have to grapple against watching their culture deteriorate thanks to external oppression. Longhouse Media extends beyond the filmmaking element, striving to nurture creativity in all the Native American arts and crafts so that they do not become lost to the ebbs and flows of time. Both have attained considerable success and progress with their goals, having participated in a multitude of film festivals and enjoying recognition by PBS, Sherman Alexie, and other respectable media and creative figures.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation values education as a right afforded to anyone who seeks it rather than a privilege only for those who can pay for degrees an expensive college or university. Because of this, they provide millions of dollars worth of funding to schools and libraries alike as a means of nurturing a love of learning without cutting too deeply into pocketbooks. Doing so not only helps build up individuals, but provides them with all the tools they need to better their communities as well.
Few people will argue that applying to colleges and universities around the world is an easy, painless, and ego-boosting experience. Fortunately, there are enough resources available both online and through high schools and institutions of higher learning to help provide some semblance of stress reduction and structure to a frenzied, occasionally soul-crushing process. Take advantage of these tips and tricks from experts and expert researchers alike as a means of approaching the college application process with a clearer head and more responsible, positive outlook. Be sure to seek out lessons from teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and administrators in addition to the numerous helpful resources available online that have not been listed here. Putting forth the effort makes for one of the best investments in the future that a student can make. Vanderbilt University’s Douglas Christiansen – “Getting Into College: An Insider’s Guide” 1. It isn’t always about academics.
Vanderbilt University’s Dean of Admissions Douglas Christiansen also wants to see how active students are in their communities, schools, and extracurricular activities as well. He also emphasizes the amount of quality time spent in clubs and other pursuits as opposed to a long listing. 2. They want passion and drive.
Students need to be able to display a degree of passion for some sort of cause or activity, as doing so proves dedication and initiative. They do not discriminate based on choice of activity and want to see that some difference has been made. 3. The number of available opportunities is taken into consideration.
Extracirricular activities are held in great esteem, but some high schools may not have the resources to offer too many. Admissions administrators understand this discrepancy and weigh students’ qualifications accordingly. 4. Admissions essays need to be personable.
Grammar and structure are very important elements of a college admissions essay, but they look more closely at its honesty. They check it against letters of recommendation and other factors in order to make sure the student actually wrote the paper. 5. “Balance vs. Risk”
Colleges want to see that a student has challenged him- or herself by taking AP classes and other advanced academics, but they also want to see good grades as well. In order to avoid burning out or failing through overload, try and seek the best balance between seeking out challenges and obtaining scholarly achievements – this is what schools look for over one or the other. 6. Admissions boards keep profiles of different high schools.
There is no need for students to bend over backwards explaining what sorts of opportunities may or may not be available at their high schools. Most colleges keep a profile of private and public institutions alike that updates them on the curriculum, distributions, offerings, competitiveness, and other very important factors. 7. Students can get a good education almost anywhere.
In order to alleviate some of the anxieties associated with the college admissions process, Dean Christiansen points out that pretty much any institution of higher learning in the United States will still yield a world-class education. Do not fret over prestige – focus more attention on finding the best fit. 8. Keep a list of desired colleges private.
Opening up too much about how many and what schools have received applications so far only adds extra pressure to students. When too many peers and authority figures become invested in the process, too many earnest questions about progress and success crop up – and if the answer is negative, it only causes the student to feel more stress. 9. SAT scores matter…
…but they aren’t everything. As Dean Christiansen notes, because SAT tests are only a one-day event, an entire college admissions packet cannot hinge on it alone. The schools need them. The schools want them. But they know standardized tests aren’t the be-all, end-all of academia, either. 10. Don’t get too emotionally caught up.
A student’s self-esteem should not become wrapped up entirely on his or her successes or failures when it comes to the college admissions process. Pre-suicidal and suicidal thoughts and activities sadly crop up all too often when a student receives a rejection notice. It is heavily advises to try and create a healthy degree of emotional distance between a college application and one’s sense of self. 11. Fill out Financial Aid forms.
Alleviate some of the stresses regarding qualification for Financial Aid and apply for it anyways. Most people will be surprised to find out how much they can get to help them pay for college. 12. Financial Aid doesn’t just come from the government.
Even if the feds do not want to pay up for a college education, most institutions offer their own grant and loan programs with completely different standards for qualification. Be sure to apply for these as well. 13. Private colleges may not always cost more than public.
Depending on any scholarships, grants, waivers, Financial Aid, and other factors, some private colleges may actually end up costing a student the same as or less than their public counterparts. There is no universal answer, however, as circumstances shift from student to student. 14. Territory managers usually read through applications first.
The college admissions process does not hinge on one administrator alone, and most colleges – not just Vanderbilt – stick with a standard matrix to decide what applicants would and would not fit. The details change from college to college, however, but the first to read through is usually someone who has previously visited and recruited from the student’s high school. 15. Then a second reader comes in.
After the territory manager completes a run-through and makes notes, a second reader will come in to offer another opinion. Both administrators should be in agreement about the student before moving his or her admissions packet to the next step. 16. Then it moves to a senior staff member.
Also known as a Sign Off Officer, this individual approves or disapproves of the first two readers’ suggestions and furthers the decision from there. 17. Approved applications do get held.
Just because 3 members of the admissions board approve of a student’s application, this does not mean that the acceptance letter will be sent right away. Most schools just wait until all mailings have been received and analyzed before shipping out notices. Knowing this should quell some of the anxieties students face as they pine away and try to analyze why they must tarry so long to hear a response. 18. Territory officers do advocate for students.
Some applications are absolutely approved, some absolutely denied. But the majority end up in a “maybe” pile for various reasons. Held in limbo, these information packets are then supported by the officers assigned to each region in front of a council of 3. Even if they are not there to see it, there is almost always somebody going to bat for every student’s acceptance. 19. Give deep thought to letters of recommendation.
Having a teacher, librarian, administrator, boss, coach, or other authority figure with whom a deep rapport has been established write up letters of recommendation is the most prudent route to take. College admissions officers seriously want to see their take on how a student has grown over the years rather than a generic listing of their positive traits, so be sure to choose wisely. 20. Know the school.
Colleges and universities absolutely want to see that students have invested their time researching the schools they apply to, as this shows a genuine investment in their own future rather than seeking acceptance for the sole purpose of having somewhere to go. Attend as many functions as possible and make an effort to communicate with the faculty and staff to foster familiarity and understand the school’s goals and culture. 21. Print out applications a year or two in advance.
Dean Christiansen recommends that sophomores and juniors in high school visit the websites of schools they deem worth pursuing and print out a copy of the application form. While they should use the latest version when the time comes to actually submit, the earlier forms serve as an excellent, handy resource for them to consult when it comes to making decisions about activities and academics alike. 22. Be real.
Apply to a school that genuinely inspires enthusiasm and interest. Admissions administrators can tell if a student appears halfhearted and disinterested, especially when they forget to edit the Word document and accidentally leave in the name of another school! “Ask the Dean” at College Confidential 23. Thank those who wrote letters of recommendation.
Although it is not a requirement to formally thank teachers, coaches, bosses, clergy, and others who pen letters of recommendation for a student, it is always a good idea to extend the courtesy. Cards containing a personal note of gratitude suffice, though small and thoughtful gifts may be extended as well. They deserve something for their assistance, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may seem when compared to increasing one’s chances of getting into a college or university. 24. Formulate schedules with a guidance counselor.
While most schools do not want to see a high school student succumb to overexertion, they still want to see applicants with the most challenging schedules they can muster. Meeting with a guidance counselor when it comes time to set up a semester or trimester serves as a valuable tool to helping one achieve his or her collegiate goals. These administrators are extremely familiar with these scenarios and have the resources and training necessary to assist in finding a setup that works. 25. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the interview.
Schools requiring an interview as part of the application process may make special concessions for students in difficult situations, such as living out of state. Make sure to call and speak with an admissions officer to see what degree of flexibility the college is willing to give. 26. When in doubt about a transcript, hold it back for rolling admissions.
If anxieties about grades begin fizzing up, it may be a good idea to wait for an improved transcript when applying to colleges with rolling admissions. Doing so can be dicey, of course, but it will help one’s chances of acceptance if the grades will undoubtedly be better. It is also a wise idea to write the schools and inform them of why they needed to wait for a copy of the transcript. 27. Colleges can ask for deposits before their application deadlines.
Though it may be a practice that heaps additional stress onto a student, some schools can and do request a deposit before application deadlines. Intended to gauge how much interest their candidates actually hold, the schools nevertheless are required to give the money back should the individuals in question decide not to attend. 28. Explain every incomplete in detail.
Incompletes happen. Deaths in the family, prolonged illness, and other factors sometimes prevent otherwise active and competent students from fulfilling the requirements of a course. Should one appear on a transcript, it is vital to explain circumstances to the school. A guidance counselor really ought to help with this to add veracity to the claims, but students can (and should) send their own claims as well. 29. Donations and activism may not always pay off.
Parents who make donations to colleges and universities may only end up with a negligible increase in their child’s acceptance – barring, of course, instances where a rather portly sum of money changes hands. Volunteer work actually carries more weight than financial assistance, but even then legacy will still not fill in any potential holes in an application. 30. Send improved standardized test scores at any point.
Even if they yield positive results, some students re-take the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests to see if they can do even better. Should these new-and-improved numbers happen to fall after a college’s stated deadline, a guidance counselor can still contact schools and give the admissions office updated information. Many institutions understand this odd situation and will make allowances, though others may not. Ultimately, it is there decision – but there is no harm in making an honest effort to let them know. 31. Bouncing from school to school isn’t as detrimental as one would think.
Some students who have had to move from high school to high school may panic over what colleges may think of their erratic experiences. Unless said transfers involved serious scholastic or behavioral problems, many admissions administrators may actually view this as a very positive mark of adaptability and resourcefulness – most especially if the individual attempted to continue his or her activities after a switch. Generally, the worst result involves trying to explain any possible transcript problems that crop up. Which, of course, students are very much advised to do. 32. Take action when application pieces appear missing.
No matter how much time an applicant takes to ensure his or her admissions packet is completed to a school’s exacting specifications, it is still entirely possible that part of it gets misplaced after reaching its destination. Maintain a cool head and speak respectfully to an administrator regarding the situation. Should it prove to be an item the student has little control over sending – such as a transcript or a letter of recommendation – make sure to (nicely!) inquire those in charge of them about any possible hiccups on their end. Karen Stabiner at The Huffington Post 33. Ditch the prep courses.
Shelling out hundreds of dollars for a standardized testing preparation class may not actually prove worth it in the end. Karen Stabiner points out far cheaper methods of boosting a student’s academic skills that can possibly yield similar results. 34. Early application is dicey.
According to the article, around 25% of most incoming classes is comprised of early applicants. Depending on one’s qualifications, however, the chances of acceptance may or may not improve by taking this route. It may seem like an attractive option at first, but extremely careful consideration must go into deciding whether or not to apply early. 35. Write to Financial Aid about special circumstances.
When it comes time to fill out Financial Aid forms, some students who have to tuck away money because of health reasons or dependents or any other mitigating circumstance may appear unqualified on paper. Do not be afraid to write a letter about the situation at hand and clearly explain why Financial Aid is sorely needed in spite of what the forms say. It is surprising how many allowances the system can make for those who truly need the money. 36. Keep a few basic writing tips in mind when writing the essay.
Karen Stabiner advises parents to take a back seat when it comes time for their kids to write out the admissions essay, lest they exert too much influence and compromise the authenticity. She does, however, point out a couple of basic grammar and stylistic tips and tricks that they can look for when it comes time to proofread – some that the students themselves ought to keep in mind as well. Avoid using a passive voice, learn the difference between “its” and “it’s,” and allot only one adjective per verb are a few things to watch out for when firing off a formal essay. 37. Tour, tour, tour!…Somehow!
Colleges can gauge seriousness based on whether or not a student made an effort to explore the campus and decide how well it meets their needs. But there is no reason to panic or feel compromised in situations that require expensive travel or other circumstances that prevent setting up a visit. Many schools offer virtual tours on their websites, and some third-party services offer up DVD versions of multiple institutions as well. In addition, applicants who take the initiative to contact and establish a rapport with faculty and staff members through e-mail or phone calls can also show off how seriously they take the admissions process without having to shell out the money to visit in person. 38. Know the different applications.
Some colleges and universities require the Common Application. Others prefer the Universal Application. In spite of the fact that the two share a multitude of similarities, many schools will absolutely not accept one if they prefer the other. Make absolutely certain to double- and triple-check before submitting the paperwork (or, as is more common these days, virtual paperwork) to ensure compliance with the preferred application. 39. Stay active once the application process is over.
Waiting on a positive or negative response from a college or university can prove absolutely agonizing – especially if some unexpected potential problems crop up after the fact. In order to quell some of the anxiety and pressure, it pays to try and become immersed in hobbies and other activities until the acceptance or rejection letter pops up in the mail. Remaining passive only serves to further stoke the stress. 40. Consider Adaptster
iPhone users can pay $17.99 for the Adaptster application as a means of accessing standardized test preparation at any point in time. The Adaptster Flex sells smaller question blocks for 99¢, targeting those with less money or less need for the fuller version. But those without access to Apple technology have little to fear – applications for other smart phones as well as web-based tutorials (offered between $10 and $15) are on the way. 41. It’s not all about the Ivy Leagues.
Ivy League colleges and universities may provide students with an excellent education – but they are not the right fit for everyone who submits a qualifying application. Everyone focuses their attention on prestige, but this mindset usually proves disheartening in the long run. The truth is, high school students have a much higher chance of finding an institution of higher learning that meets their needs if they apply to a broad spectrum of schools. Keeping an open mind and understanding that a good education can be found anywhere (yes, even community colleges!) is the key to finding relaxation and satisfaction. 42. “Senioritis,” when kept in check, is mostly harmless.
High school seniors in their last semester undoubtedly want to kick back and enjoy themselves before having to walk across the stage in a silly mortarboard hat. This is natural, even helpful, for their overall sense of happiness and well-being. But, as in all things, they need to remain responsible for their actions. Because most schools want a final transcript, noses do need to stay at the grindstone. And it goes without saying that behavioral or legal trouble needs avoiding at all costs. However, there is no harm in allowing a senior a bit of fun or placing any further pressure for him or her to make valedictorian, either. Find a workable balance. Hard-working and dedicated kids have certainly earned it. 43. Public schools send notifications earlier.
Although this article focuses on controversies regarding University of California’s skyrocketing tuition rates, Karen Stabiner does bury one nugget of advice in amongst the chaos. Public schools generally send out their acceptance or rejection letters before the private. So students fretting over the reasons why one school has gotten back with them over another ought to keep this in mind as they scurry to and through the mailbox. 44. Rejection is not a poor reflection on the student.
As Karen Stabiner mentions, students who receive rejection notices from a college or university usually pass through Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief. This is natural, of course, but they need to understand that being turned down does not necessarily mean that they are undesirable. It merely means that the institution did not deem them a snug enough fit for the community they are trying to compile and speaks little of their personal or academic value. The rejected should be allowed to grieve, but parents should make an effort to let them know that the reality isn’t intending to slice away at their self-esteem. The Princeton Review 45. Always have a safety school.
They may not always be a student’s first choice, but safety schools are kind of a necessity when it comes to the college admissions process. Whether for academic or financial reasons, applying to schools that are (almost!) guaranteed helps ensure that college-bound high schoolers have an educational future ahead of them. Even if their preferred schools ship out rejection letters, they will have the security of knowing that there is somewhere to go when fall (or spring!) rolls around. 46. Essays should be reflective.
In order to show colleges that they are engaged citizens capable of growth, applicants should use their essays as a means of looking inward and sharing their experiences – not merely talking about them. Likewise, humor can always help boost one’s chances with certain administrators. However, as taste is subjective, this must also be carefully executed so as not to offend, come off as immature, or lower one’s chances of acceptance. 47. Write to a school who waitlists.
Should a student find him- or herself waitlisted at a college or university that they absolutely, passionately want to attend, it is a good idea to write them a very detailed letter of intention. Tell them that, should they accept an application, enrollment will follow. Be sure to maintain competitive grades and stay active in extracurricular projects. Guarantee these statements and request that they be added to a file so they know the exact level of dedication. It may even be a good idea to volunteer for an interview. This effort could very well mean the difference between acceptance and rejection. 48. Remain realistic about waitlists.
Regardless of the initiative some high schoolers put forth to make themselves more attractive to schools who waitlist them, they may end up rejected all the same. It is important in these admittedly stressful situations to maintain a realistic outlook – and if it comes down to the wire, some students may have to commit to a different college than the one they would prefer. 49. Trying again may not be a good idea…
Some students who do not get into their first choice of schools may decide to take a semester or year off before applying again. This is inadvisable, as they run the risk of perpetual rejection that only pushes back their education. Instead, they should attend a school that does want them for at least a few semesters. Earning excellent grades and remaining active in the academic and/or surrounding community may open up opportunities for them to try and apply as transfer students instead. 50. Make an effort to understand common essay questions.
Although some colleges throw their applicants a curveball when it comes to an essay topic, most end up sticking with a few tried-and-true prompts. Before tackling admissions packets, put forth the time and thought to become familiar with some of the more common ones out there. It definitely helps to approach them with at least some idea of what to write ahead of time. 51. Turn schools down politely.
No matter how many schools fill a mailbox with acceptance letters, students can only attend one of the colleges. Always stay polite when rejecting the schools that did not make the cut for whatever reason, especially if a rapport with any administrators cropped up along the way. If the selected institution does not prove a worthwhile fit in the long run, they may very well provide better opportunities down the line. Do not burn any bridges by acting callously. 52. Thank everyone.
Not only do adults who penned letters of recommendation require thanking, but everyone else – parents, guidance counselors, admissions officers, administrators, and others – deserves a bit of recognition as well. It does not have to come in the form of a card or a gift, of course, but make an earnest effort to let them know how much their assistance and support truly means. 53. Know the difference between early decision and early action.
The Princeton Review heavily recommends understanding exactly what early decision and early action offerings entail. Students accepted through early decision do end up obligated to the institution. Early action, on the other hand, affords a much greater degree of flexibility and does not require applicants to enroll afterwards. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, so the college bound really do need to dedicate serious thought to which one fits their needs best. 54. There is no shame in deferring enrollment.
College students at all levels sometimes find themselves in the prickly situation of having to push back their enrollment for any number of reasons. This does not deplete their status or reputation with the institution, nor does it make them any less of a student. Make sure to completely understand exactly how the process works, as it does vary from college to college. Doing so is especially important for incoming freshmen. 55. Keep a few things in mind when e-mailing colleges.
As this article by The Princeton Review illustrates, there are a couple of different elements one must consider when e-mailing an administrator or faculty member at a desired school. Potential applicants especially ought to keep these tips – which include staying succinct and listing contact information – on their mind. 56. Colleges prioritize based on graduation year.
Juniors who contact colleges will likely have to wait for them to get back with them once all seniors have been taken addressed. The same goes for sophomores, who must contend with both juniors and seniors – and so on. Admissions officials and other administrators must contend with a very high volume of mail every day, so do not take their silence as a sign of disinterest or rudeness. They just typically prioritize with preference towards those closer to their graduation date. Always practice patience and respond politely in these situations. 57. Freshmen – feel no fear!
Making the transition to high school carries with it a number of unique stresses and anxieties. While the more driven freshmen may waltz right in with college on the brain, it is a better idea to prioritize and focus more on the new layout and experiences than the future. However, The Princeton Review does offer an excellent and comprehensive guide to a few things that first-year high schoolers can think about when it comes to making an investment in the college applications that will come crashing down 3 years later. 58. Sophomores – start off slowly!
Once 10th grade begins, students already know what to expect in high school, allowing them to focus some of that energy on thinking about what colleges and degree plans appeal to them. This is not a time to be formulating anything definitive or huge, but it is a good idea to begin making a few preparations to help alleviate the strain from the junior and senior years. As with freshmen (and other class levels), The Princeton Review provides a handy, flexible schedule of what to do and when to do it. 59. Juniors – JOLT!!
While the senior year marks the final round of the application process, juniors face the roughest go. 11th grade is an excellent time to begin college visits, take the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests for the first time, buckling down on grades, volunteering, sticking with extracurricular activities, establishing connections with important people, and more. It is a busy, stressful time in the future college student’s career – but ultimately rewarding. Be sure to explore The Princeton Review’s suggestions for juniors in order to gain a much more detailed perspective on their recommendations for juniors. 60. Seniors – stand up!
Senior year should build upon the foundation established from the freshman through junior levels, though generally with less anxiety than 11th grade. As graduation crawls closer and closer, it is a good idea to begin writing essays, submitting applications, getting in some last-minute visits, retaking standardized tests, and maintaining those previously established grades, relationships, and extracurricular activities. By this point, it should come as no surprise that The Princeton Review provides an insightful guide to help seniors prioritize and get the job done right.
Beyond these resources, it is a good idea to explore what other experts and insiders have to say about the admissions process. However, the ones listed here nevertheless provide a great framework to help future college and university students relax a little and know almost everything they need to succeed in their applications.
Education policy has been the single most consistent issue in the US political discourse for the last 30 years. Historically education policy reform proposals and information have been dictated by think tanks, political parties, and more traditional avenues. Increasingly, however, some of the most interesting and innovative education policy discussions are taking place on the blogosphere. These blogs range from topics on K-12 education up to international policies and higher learning. To keep you abreast of the most interesting of these discussions, we have compiled, in no specific order, what we consider to be the 45 best and most important education policy blogs.
1. Education Policy Blog This is a multiblog about the way educational authorities can advise on educational practices and policies. They focus on the five disciplines of education: history, curriculum theory, sociology, economics, and philosophy.
2. Ed.gov From the U.S. Department of Education, offering breaking education policy news and updates for No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This blog provides insight from several federal agencies.ogy.
3. The Quick and the Ed Written by a team of policy staff from the education sector, they strive to create longer posts with independent sources of information and analysis on education policies.
4. Edspresso.com You can frequent this blog for the latest updates and news on education reform. Be prepared for no-nonsense commentary on a number of issues.
5. Intercepts Provides listening posts that follow teachers’ unions and public education. Summarizes different observations and actions of these policies and systems.
6. American Association of State Colleges and Universities Your connection to any federal legislation concerning higher education and state policy issues. A great means for state policy concerns and it also has a Congressional directory.
8. Education Policy Analysis Archives A decisive online peer review journal on education policy. This blog points at major issues that are surfacing in this occupation.
9. The Higher Ed Watch Blog This blog focuses on promoting ways to increase college accessibility, affordability, and quality. There are many frank discussions on how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal student aid program.
10. The Education Wonks An prize winning educational policy blog. There are many good links and frequent posts.
11. ShermanDorn Written by Professor Sherman Dorn who offers a rare perspective on the politics and history of education. He documents deviations in education and how they can lead to non-productive education policies.
12. This Week in Education Gives you an inner look at the latest education policies and news. Commentary is posted daily, sometimes several times a day.
13. Jay P. Greene A factual blog about thoughts and data on education policies. Professor Greene is skilled in education reform at the University of Arkansas and a senior fellow at Manhattan Institute.
14. Education for the Aughts Provides open analysis and discussion on many issues in public education. This blog will keep you informed of the hidden glitches in education policies that might be missed.
16. BoardBuzz Written by a team of editors from the National School Board Association (NSBA). Delivers versed reading on important issues to board members and to all public education advocates.
17. Education Week These articles raise the level of awareness of the public and professionals of important policies in American Education. Covers local, state, and national news from preschool through the 12th grade.
18. Schools Matter Explores topics in public education policy. This blog promotes commitment and re-exploration of the democratic purposes of schools.
19. Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas Primary posting on Texas Education with additional focus on the nation level. Read on various policy topics such as testing, accountability, bilingual education, and school finance.
20. Education at the Brink Commentary on education, policy, and politics. Offers interesting aspects on the cross between the three.
21. The Core Knowledge Blog Covers ed policy and education with attention on Kindergarten through 8th grade. They share a belief that students need a shared and specific curriculum in order to establish strong foundations of knowledge.
22. Eduwonkette Prides itself on covering serious education issues with an occasional twist. This blogs background is social science so expect plenty of analysis on culture and gender gap applied to education.
23. Education Watch International This blog targets international education policy and news. They primarily cover events taking place in the U.K., Australia, and here in the United States.
24. Cato@Liberty Documents many different aspects of education and child policies. Articles vary from elementary public education to higher learning.
25. The Tempered Radical Designated solely for stimulating topics of conversation about education. Written by a classroom teacher with broad professional policy experiences.
26. Flypaper Brought to you be the Thomas Fordham Institute, one of the most influential bodies in education reform. The blog is an extension of their weekly bulletin the Education Gadfly.
27. Learning the Language From government policy to innovations, Mary Ann Zher looks at the broad perspective of immigration and education. Her posts tackle difficult policy questions and shares stories of different cultural groups she has met along her way.
28. Campaign K-12 Written by experts on state and federal education policies. This blog regularly covers political updates that can affect education at the state and federal levels.
29. Special Education Law Blog Reported by an attorney from Chicago, Illinois who has a child with special needs. It focuses on case studies and rights for advocates.
30. Principal’s Policy Blog From the National Association of Secondary School Principals, you can be updated on the newest federal policies in education. There is also a link that lets you discuss your topics with elected official and local media in your area.
31. Thoughts on Education Policy This blog is aimed towards anyone that has any interest in education policy. The main topic is issues facing high-poverty urban schools such as teacher retention and discipline.
32. Practical Theory Articles are posted on views on education reform and policy by a high school principle. Opens your mind to education from a classroom point of view.
33. The Chronicle of Higher Education Offers higher-education news and policy from around the world. You will see postings daily on many international issues.
34. D-ed Reckoning A straight forward blog focusing on reform, policies, and news in K-12 education. Primary concerns are operating and functional educational institutions in the future.
35. The Thinking Stick Educational updates and interpretations on reform. Posts are by an international school teacher located in Bangkok, Thailand.
36. NY Times Education Daily education news stories and policy updates from The New York Times.
38. Change Agency Written by a Content Area Specialist in High School Literacy who grew tired of “Battling the Hamster Wheel”. Offers a broad variation of ideas for a better education system in the 21st Century.
39. eSchool News Centers on technology updates for the K-20 educator. Discussions are help often on new policies being implemented to bring technology to the classroom.
40. Eduwonk Penetrating analysis of education policies. This blog is full of very lively short items and is always on top of the news.
42. Susan Ohanian. Org This blog is no holds barred in confronting controversial issues in education. Posts are tough but fair regarding the education system and its policies.
43. Eduflack Ideas are expressed by an expert on educational policy with a focus in communications. These posts have the ability to take complex education issues and cut them down to easily understood thoughts.
44. Education Weak Observations on government policy in schools. Gives many compelling arguments on school choice alternatives.
45. Roy’s Blog on Schools Education blog from the chair of Strong American Schools and the former Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. They focus on education being the key for future prosperity in our society.
46. The Early Ed Watch Blog Provides up to the minute reporting on policies that affect children’s access to high quality Pre-K-3 educational programs. Brought to you by New America, a non- profit public policy institute.
47. EduBlog Insights A place to explore more possibilities for technology in education. Regular discussions are held on new policies that are being implemented.
49. Educated Nation An intuitive look at universities, colleges, and higher education. They offer news and opinions on many of the issues and policies that matter the most.
50. The School Law Blog Tracks releases on legal events that affect schools, educators and parents. Articles are about academic cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts.
The above list was compiled after having sorted through hundreds of diverse education related blogs. While any such list is bound to make important oversights and omissions, it is our hope that this list of the top 45 education policy blogs will provide you with a good starting point from which you can enter the important education policy debates of our time.
Here's some food for thought: what you eat can affect how well you study. It's true; a diet rich in essential fatty acids, fruits and vegetables does wonders for your brain power. Don't worry, pizza counts, as long as you make it whole grain and top it with lots of colorful vegetables and cheese. Check out our list of 20 foods that can help you boost memory and study more effectively.
Fish for good health…
1. Fish: Herring, salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, anchovies, sardines and other cold-water fish are your best source of Omega-3 fatty acids, the primary components of the brain, retina and other nerve tissue. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids boost energy, enhance learning ability, improve problem-solving skills, and boost memory power and enhance communication between brain cells.
Show some soy power…
2. Soy: Foods made from whole, organic soybeans like soy milk and tofu are rich in choline, lecithin and isoflavones. Choline has been proven to positively impact brain development in addition to slowing memory loss, lecithin helps in preventing deposits of plaque in the brain, and isoflavones help improve cognitive function, category fluency, logical memory, spatial cognition and memory recall.
Reap the fruits…
3. Colorful and citrus fruits: Fill your platter with all the colors of the rainbow and a few more, and you’re guaranteed to improve your brain power. Avocados are especially potent in increasing blood flow to the brain because of their mono-unsaturated fat content. Other beneficial fruits that have a positive impact on your brain and help you recall information quickly include cantaloupes, watermelon, tomatoes, plums, pineapples, oranges, apples, grapes, kiwifruits, peaches and cherries.
Berry, berry good…
4. Berries: Blueberries are known for improving motor skills and learning capacity while strawberries are rich in fisetin, a flavenoid that improves memory recall. Elderberries, blackberries and raspberries have other brain power boosting benefits through their antioxidant content.
5. Cruciferous and leafy green vegetables: Your mother had a good reason for forcing you to eat your broccoli. Cabbages, kale, turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflowers, radishes, spinach, mustard green and water cress all help retain memory. Other vegetables that are good in boosting brain power are onions, red peppers, lettuce, carrots, asparagus, okra, mushrooms, broccoli and sprouts.
Chalk it up to chocolate…
6. Chocolate: Chocolate is not only delicious, it’s also beneficial to your brain and can help enhance your mood. Natural stimulants boost the production of endorphins that improve focus and concentration. Milk chocolate has been shown to improve verbal and visual memory and boost impulse control and reaction time. Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols that boost blood supply to the brain and help improve cognitive skills.
7. Nuts: Rich in Vitamins E and B6, folate, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants, these small food items boost your brain power and improve your mood. The whole nutty family of cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts and pecans brings some benefit to your brain.
Sow the seeds of wisdom…
8. Seeds: Flaxseeds are a rich source of memory-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids. Roasted pumpkin seeds contain relaxing tryptophan and dry sunflower seeds offer thiamine, a form of Vitamin B that improves memory and cognitive functions.
Gain from grains…
9. Whole grains: The best brain stimulating foods are like financial news and information, they help the mind grow. Grains like whole wheat, wheat germ and bran that contain a high percentage of folate. Oatmeal, brown rice, whole-grain breads and cereals, barley and popcorn boost your blood flow to the brain. Wholegrain breads and cereals contain Vitamin B6 while wheat germ is rich in memory-improving thiamine.
No pea brains here…
10. Pulses and beans: The brain is fueled by glucose, and as it does not produce its own, the supply has to be kept steady from other sources. Rich in antioxidants, iron and other nutrients, beans help stabilize blood sugar levels. Peas, lentils, green beans, lima beans, black beans, kidney beans, and a variety of legumes help energize the brain.
A sage choice…
11. Sage: Whether used as a herb in your food or taken as a supplement in the form of oils and tablets, this member of the mint family has been known to boost levels of the chemical that helps transmit messages to and from the brain. Sage helps in the break down of the enzyme acetylcholine that is needed for the brain to function properly.
Currying brain favor…
12. Curry: This spicy Eastern delicacy is good for your brain because of a key ingredient, turmeric. The chemical curcumin which is abundant in turmeric helps remove plaque from the brain.
Brewing brain cells…
13. Tea: This wonder beverage, when freshly brewed, has been proven to improve memory and focus as well as combat mental fatigue. Green tea is your best bet to good relax mentally and keep your wits sharpened because of the catechines it contains. Black tea, while not as potent as green tea, also works well as a brain enhancer.
Egg those memory functions on…
14. Eggs: A rich source of Vitamin B and lecithin, eggs are good providers of EFAs (essential fatty acids) to the brain. The yolk is especially rich in choline, a basic building block of brain cells that helps improve memory.
Milk the goodness…
15. Calcium-rich foods: Yogurt, cheese, milk and other foods rich in calcium help in improving the function of nerves. Studies have proved that tyrosine, the amino acid in yogurt, is responsible for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenalin. In short, yogurt helps improve alertness and memory.
Beef up your brain cells…
16. Iron-rich foods: A deficiency in iron has been proven to be the most common cause for poor concentration, decreasing intelligence and slow thinking processes. Iron is essential to supplying the brain with the oxygen it needs to continue normal activity. Red meats and liver are the best sources of dietary iron.
Sweeten the process…
17. Carbohydrate-rich foods: When eaten without protein or fat, carbohydrates provide a soothing effect to the brain. The glucose from the carbs provides the fuel the brain needs to energize you. Avoid refined carbohydrates like white bread, pastries and pasta though, as they cause lethargy. Instead, stick to starches and sugars in the form of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
18. Supplemental herbs: Gingko biloba is one well-known supplement that improves mental clarity, alertness and memory. It stimulates blood flow to the brain by dilating blood vessels and increasing the supply of oxygen. It also destroys free radicals that are detrimental to brain cells. Others, though not as popular, are equally effective. Rhodiola rosea is a root that is used in the treatment of poor attention span, tiredness and decreased memory capacity. Herbalgram helps renovate oxygen-deprived cells while Panax ginseng has memory enhancing effects.
Oil those brain cells…
19. Organic and plant oils: Get things moving in your brain with memory-boosting essential fatty acids. These EFAs can be found in oils such as olive, walnut and flaxseed.
Irrigate your brain…
20. Water: Nearly three fourths of the brain is water, which makes this life-giving liquid an essential component for the smooth functioning of the brain. When dehydration occurs, the brain releases the hormone cortisol which shrinks dendrites, the branches in the brain that store information. This leads to a decrease in memory power. Cortisol also produces adrenaline which affects mental and cognitive functions. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your brain active and quick.
The cost of a college education is at an all-time high and is sure to get even more expensive in the future. Student loans can set you up for future debt, while scholarships and grants are often hard to come by. So how exactly is a student supposed to find money to go to school? We've detailed 20 creative ways to do just that.
1. Start young: Parents, this is for you. Don't wait until your child is in high school to start thinking about funding their education. Ask grandparents and other family members to give savings bonds for birthdays and special occasions.
2. Tutoring: If you’re a good student, find out if your school is looking for tutors. You can also freelance and offer your services to classmates who have trouble with lessons.
3. On campus opportunities: Most colleges offer students a chance to pick up some money through administrative positions at their financial aid and registrar offices. There are also often job openings at the library, cafeteria and laboratories.
4. Use the web: Set up your own website or blog. Promote it and make money using Google’s AdSense program. You can also earn more cash by performing affiliate marketing services for other websites, where you’re paid for redirecting traffic from your site to theirs.
5. Get a job: You can wait tables, work retail, and talk to customers in a call center. These types of jobs often have flexible schedules that work around your classes.
6. Federal work study programs: Find out if your college takes part in the federal work study program that allows graduate, post graduate and professional students the chance to earn tuition money as they go to school.
7. Creative options: If you have a flair for the arts and are good with your computer, you can pay your way through school using the internet. Design websites, create logos, brochures and flyers, and put together presentations for companies that need these services.
8. Drug study programs: Laboratories need healthy test subjects to study their drugs, and college students often fit the bill. Some of these pay really well, but make sure you take part in drug studies that do not affect your health.
9. Conventions: Find out if your town is hosting conventions and secure yourself a temporary help position. Reach agreements with local businesses so that they’ll ask you to fill in when they’re short-staffed or over-worked.
10. Get people to support you: Send out requests to people you know, asking each of them to contribute to your college fund. Every small amount helps when you're trying to stay out of debt.
11. Find a sponsor: There are people who are willing to pay the cost of your education if you agree to give them a percentage of your income for a fixed amount of time in the future. This is not the same as an education loan since there's no interest to pay.
12. Loan forgiveness programs: The government offers various loan forgiveness programs if you agree to work in public service. You can work off all or a percentage of your student loans by fulfilling certain conditions for a few years after you graduate. For more information, visit The National Health Service Corps and the National Association of Public Interest Law.
14. Seek help from community service clubs: Write to your local Lions, Rotary or Elks clubs and ask them for contributions to your college fund. You can also try soliciting businesses where you know senior personnel.
15. Programming skills: If you’ve got good programming skills, create your own software for small business needs and sell them to local businesses. Restaurants and bookstores need accounting, inventory and payroll packages, but may not be able to afford those on the open market.
16. Electronic repairs: Tinker around with broken and faulty electronic goods and computers for money. Being known as the resident handyman could bring in lots of business.
17. Get rid of extras: Ebay and other online auction sites offer you the chance to pick up some extra money by selling things you don’t need anymore.
18. Product promotion: A few companies offer students money to promote their products on location, over the phone or on the Internet. These jobs are usually part-time with flexible working hours.
19. More work: It’s not easy to work when your friends are partying, but if you work extra shifts during summer, spring and winter breaks, the money you earn will go a long way to ensuring that you have a debt-free future.
20. Get your employer to sponsor you: If you’re studying on a part-time basis as you work, ask your employer to pay for all or part of your college education expenses.
New online career training courses are on the anvil from Kilgore College. The courses will be in the areas of healthcare, business, construction/automotive technology Internet, design and technical and networking and Comp TIA certification. Kilgore College has partnered with Gatlin Education Services for bringing out these courses. The courses being planned are as an answer to the growing demand for online education the world over.
These courses are so designed so as to enable individuals to enhance their education and area specific knowledge at any time of their careers. Even the first time career seekers can easily benefit from the programs on offer. All that one has to do is have some time and a PC and a lot of enthusiasm. News Wire Today reports:
Web-based instruction is growing in popularity. Gatlin’s enrollments with their partner institutions have increased by 100 percent in the last year. The company has strategic partnerships with more than 480 institutions of higher learning worldwide.
Are you looking for reviews of online colleges and institutions? If so, look no further. We hope to fill a void in the field of online education – the lack of firsthand accounts and reviews of each of the accredited and authenticated courses offered by institutions online.
The site rates programs according to various criteria such as staff, educational materials, the technology used and overall value. It lists 130 schools right now, but users are encouraged to add their institutions, as long as they are properly accredited. It also features a blog and a forum for past, present and future students to thrash out issues relating to online education.
Rawlinson’s site has had few takers so far, only 15 at the present count. He’s now offering to pay $5 per review, with a maximum of three reviews per person, for the first 100 reviews. Of course, each review will be validated to ensure that it is genuine; originating email and IP addresses will be verified, says Rawlinson.
Only students from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are allowed to post reviews though; it looks like the site has not gone truly worldwide.
Is it true that more students than ever before are enrolling for online education? According to an online education.net article titled 'Enrollment in Online Schools is on the Rise':
… 2.35 million students pursued degrees or training over the Internet in 2004, compared with just 1.98 million students in 2003.
Another sign of the acceptability of online education is the fact that over 56% of schools offering online education consider it a critical long-term strategy. Meaning – online education is here to stay, so let's adapt.
There is a huge range of available programs – right from technical certificates to doctoral degrees. Another heartening feature of online education is that, as compared to the traditional education settings, online education boasts of higher percentages of core faculty.