The TakeAway Wk of 5/25

The TakeAway Wk of 5/25

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. 


Social media conceptDo Colleges Look At Perspective Students’ Social Media?

As a parent, this journalist was curious to know if colleges really did review students’ social media and if so, how schools evaluated the information they found.  From the survey she  conducted “67 percent of the schools admitted to Googling a prospective student, and 86 percent admitted to researching students’ social media sites. Why? To protect their school, its reputation, and to avoid potential bad apples from spoiling their brand, among other reasons.”


The Decline of Student Mental Health and What Parents Can Do About It

The R2C Takeaway: An increasing number of high school and college students in the US is struggling with mental health challenges. The pressure to succeed in the ever-increasing competitive world of college can be shouldered with part of the blame. It is up to parents to know the signs and know that they can have a huge positive impact by fostering resilience and keeping the lines of communication open.


What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers

The R2C Takeaway: With computers and technology replacing many jobs already, it is incumbent on colleges and universities to assess their programs and be more mindful of what disciplines, other than tech-related ones, will survive the technological boom.Teaching subjects that are broader and more general is advisable when considering what will be around for years to come.


Making Computer Science More Inviting A Look At What Works

The R2C Takeaway: Only 15% of computer science graduates and technical workers are women, so schools such as Washington University are overhauling programs to make them more accessible and inviting to a more diverse student body…and more girls. They are also training teachers to get girls interested in computer science earlier—even as early as at the elementary school level.


Debbie Schwartz is former financial services executive and founder of Road2College and the Paying For College 101 Facebook group. She's dedicated to providing families with trustworthy information about college admissions and paying for college. With data, tools and access to experts she's helping families become educated consumers of higher ed.