The Takeaway Wk of 10/5

Here’s a summary of important articles from the past week that may give you more insight into the world of college life, admissions, financing, and parenting.

Coalition for access affordability successThere’s a New College Application in Town: What Parents Need to Know
The R2C Takeaway: The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new group of 83 public and private colleges, formed as a result of their frustration with the Common Application. The main premise of this coalition, however vague, is that students as early as 9th grade, can have a “virtual locker” into which they can store writings, photos, videos, etc. The idea is that the “locker” would facilitate more interaction between colleges and students at an earlier grade, in particular to benefit those students who do not get any or poor guidance on the college process. Many high school and college counselors are uneasy about this new application, and whether it will really benefit the students remains to be seen.

5 Reasons to Start College Planning in Middle School
The R2C Takeaway: Starting to think about college while your child is still in middle school is not as crazy as it sounds. Familiarizing yourself with terminology and standardized tests, and thinking about how you’ll finance the entire process will be much simpler when you have some wiggle room rather than when your back is up against a wall later on.

October Checklist for High School Juniors
The R2C Takeaway: Now that the school year has really gotten underway, high school juniors have a good idea about what might be expected of them from the various classes they are taking, and can keep that in mind when thinking about what needs to be done for college prep. Practicing time management skills, attending college fairs, focusing on getting good grades, and applying for scholarships are some of the things that should be on a junior’s “to-do” list.

New Type of College to Beware of: “Covert for Profit”
The R2C Takeaway: For-profit colleges have been exposed in the news as being money-hungry institutions using deceitful practices to lure students in, while providing them with sub-par educations, and ultimately saddling them with high debt upon graduation. Recently, it’s become clear that “a former for-profit college has converted to nonprofit status to avoid the growing number of regulations, while continuing to function like a for-profit institution.” Let the buyer beware!

How to Prevent Campus Sexual Assaults? Ask Students
The R2C Takeaway: As colleges and universities wrestle with ways to deal with the subject of on-campus sexual assault, many of them fail to look at what’s right in front of them as being an effective method: “listening to and empowering the students to address these assault issues and develop the type of campus culture in which they think they can and will thrive socially, psychologically and academically.” Getting feedback from students and keeping them involved can affect the change that is necessary to tackle the problem.

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