Carnival of Family Life–Take a Tour of the Midway

The newest edition of the Carnival of Family Life is up at (or “Lower Hudson Valley,” for the cognoscenti). My favorite post his week is by Angela Norton Tyler.  She presents a remarkable piece, with teh equally remarkable title,  10 Ways to Make Certain That Your Kids Hate School, Become Lazy & Dependent Learners, […]

How Good are Advanced Placement (AP) Courses? Are They Worth Taking?

Several recent client questions have centered upon the value of Advanced Placement (AP) tests and their importance in the college admissions process. Conventional wisdom holds that AP courses are excellent preparation for college. They are considered to be rigorous. The general idea is that they are the equivalent of college-level, introductory survey courses. (The Advanced […]

Failing Grades at Community College: Will They Kill Me?

Sometimes people write with personal questions, seeking advice for their particular situation. I received one today from a student at a community college who had a couple of failing grades.  Clearly, the student had finally woken up and figured out that getting Fs was not such a great idea.  But with that new understanding, what […]

Carnival of Family Life, Newest Edition

Today’s Carnival of Family Life is hosted by Write From Karen.  This Carnival is tremendous.  The wealth of information is overwhelming.  Karen does an outstanding job of organizing the posts. Here are a couple of my favorites: David B. Bohl presents What Can Your Kids Teach You About Technology? posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, […]

Is Cost of Tuition High? Stop Whining?

I wrote a guest commentary that appeared in the online edition of the Denver Post yesterday. It’s about the high cost of tuition, with special attention given to tuition prices in the state of Colorado. It’s clear from reading the comments that many readers misunderstood my central point: that the citizens of Colorado cannot have […]

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: Is It Really An Important Statistic?

Student-to-faculty ratios are generally considered to be an indicator of the quality of the educational experience at a college. The lower the ratio, the more personal and intimate the experience ought to be. And yet some colleges have very low ratios and enormous class sizes. Plus, these statistics are easily manipulated by campus administrators. But […]

More Colleges Sign Up for Universal College Application

The Universal College Application is gaining some traction.  The rival to the Common Application, the Universal Common Application has 11 more universities that are part of its network. Those colleges are: Assumption College Bradley University Gonzaga University Harcum College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hood College University of Miami (FL) University of Pennsylvania University of […]

Princeton Review Rates How "Green" Colleges Are

The Princeton Review announced that it will rate colleges on how environmentally conscientious they are. You can view an article about this new ratings system in Inside Higher Ed. Environmental stewardship is important on many campuses today. When I visited Carleton College last week, the cafeteria banners were crowing about the College’s composting initiatives. Here’s […]