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The United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, partly because so few low-income students — and surprisingly few middle-income students — graduate from four-year colleges. Getting more of these students into the best colleges would make a difference. Many higher-income students would still graduate from college, even if they went to a less elite one. A more educated population, in turn, would probably lift economic growth.


Top Colleges Overlook Low-Income Students -


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An enormous amount of energy and anxiety is expended in trying to get into college, but the truth is that the admissions process is much more haphazard than people like to think. The good news? In the long run, it’s generally less important too. Here are the five biggest myths about this annual angst-a-thon:

- College Admissions: Myths, Advice for Rejected Students  (via girlwithalessonplan)

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I think it’s really important for high school teachers to keep this in mind when helping their students with researching and choosing colleges. I know we all want to be encouraging, but we have to be realistic as well.

Students are hitting the books less and partying more. Easier courses and easier majors have become more and more popular. Perhaps more now than ever, the point of the college experience is to have a good time and walk away with a valuable credential after putting in the least effort possible.


- Bob Herbert, the truth speaker

College the Easy Way -

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This was an interesting read for me. One of the things I appreciated most as a history major in college was not learning history- but learning to look at facts, in the past and in the present, in a different light. My analysis skills and critical thinking skills definitely developed as a result- but I was open and eager to work on this. I don’t think colleges today are necessarily lacking in teaching these things, but I encounter many people in general who are less willing to think. How do we add value to critical thinking?

80% Of College Admissions Officers Use Facebook To Check Out Students ⇢



Prospective college students, beware: There’s yet another reason to make sure your Facebook profile is suitable for all. According to a Kaplan survey of college admissions officers, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers consider social media presence when recruiting students.

Is this right? Should colleges be allowed to do that?

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I don’t know if I necessarily agree with it, but employers do it, so students might as well get used to it now!

New LinkedIn Tool Helps College Students Visualize Their Career Paths ⇢


LinkedIn has launched a tool aimed at current college students that the company says will provide students with “unique, data-driven insights to help them build their careers.” LinkedIn’s Career Explorer is a collaborative effort between the professional network and professional services and accountancy firm PwC.

Career Explorer aims to help students chart their potential career paths and to help them build a professional network pre-graduation. Based on data aggregated from LinkedIn’s 80 million members, Career Explorer will map out the paths that others in similar fields have taken. It will also offer resources including relevant job opportunities, salary information, and educational and experience required in certain industries or fields.

The Career Explorer tool will also point to those within students’ networks who may be in a position to help them advance their careers.

What a great new tool, and a seemingly responsible use of user data. I think this is a smart evolution for the company, especially since most of their users are older.

Free Tech for Teachers: 7 Websites to Help Students Choose & Apply to College ⇢

I am definitely utilizing this in my senior class.

Also check out WSJ’s “Exploring A Path to A Profession” brought to you by Larry Ferlazzo.


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