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“College Essays: A Look Behind the Questions” 8.28.14

Sometimes, the simplest prompts can prove to be the most challenging when it comes to writing college essays. Who would think, for example, that some version of “Why do you want to attend this school?” could induce sleepless paranoia? Or that “Explain your choice of a college major” would leave students second-guessing themselves? After all, [...]

“BCF Readers’ Forum for August” 8.20.14

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“The Best College? The One That Values You—of Course!” 8.13.14

Over the last two months, I have written about elements of a good college fit—elements that are just as important when you are getting started with your college search as they are when making the final choice of a college. “Fit,” more than rankings, rhetoric or emotional logic that is bound to emerge, is the [...]

“College Rankings: August College Planning Tips” 8.7.14

August is here—and so are college rankings. With a new college admission cycle looming, editors from Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review will once again ply us with a parade of ranking guides that presume to reveal the “best values” in education, identify the best “party” schools or, simply, [...]

Campus Grotto

College Packing List

With college starting soon, use this packing checklist as reference when determining what to bring. Notes about what to bring to college: Coordinate with your roommate on who is bringing what so you don't end up with two of the same thing. There is only so much room in a dorm. Check with your college and see what items are allowed. Some dorms prohibit certain small appliances. Quick tips for purchasing items for college: Check campus classifieds and Craigslist. Buying used is obviously going to be cheaper. Shop thrift stores and places like Target for more affordable items. Order from and get it shipped for free with Amazon Prime (free for students for th...

America's Best Study Spaces

Whether it’s beautiful architecture or an amazing view, just sitting in an inspiring place can instantly give one a greater sense of wisdom and well-being. Wide-open, beautifully-designed study spaces allow students to spread out, focus, and achieve serenity during times of stressful study. These are the places students come to do battle. From writing term papers to studying for finals, these locations provide the perfect environment to tackle any coursework. Here we’ll showcase some of the greatest college study spaces around the country. Harper Reading Room at University of Chicago The vaulted Main Reading Room in the Arley D. Cathy Learning Center of Harper Library is one of t...

Audio Textbooks

Limited Time Offer: Download a free audiobook at now. - Time is a valuable commodity. This is especially true in college when you have to master the art of multitasking. It is important to take advantage of productivity tools that will help you succeed. One way to free up more of your time and increase your productivity is to make use of audio textbooks. Audio books give you many options when it comes to being productive. Textbooks can be listened to on your commute, in the gym, while walking to class, or while relaxing on the quad. With MP3 being the format of choice for audio books, they can be listened to on any of your electronic devices. Here we’ll go over a fe...

10 Banned College Traditions worth Reviving

Traditions are how college memories will be formed. Take them away, student satisfaction goes down and you have thousands of unhappy students paying $50K a year to go to school. Limiting the amount of fun college students are allowed to have is kind of like prohibition; it doesn’t work. To keep their sanity, students need time to blow off steam with something away from the monotony of studying. Traditions provide a sense of community on a campus with thousands of students. Without this feeling of belongingness, students begin to feel lost in the crowd and can end up transferring or even dropping out. These traditions mean a lot to students and alumni and to ban them outright leaves an ...

Continuing Education

5 Reasons You Should Learn to Code If You're a...

Robyn Steinberg of NYCDA gives you five reasons you should learn to code (now!) if you're a woman. Do you know why?

8 Motivations to Create the Life You Want

It's easy to get stuck in a routine, but is that the life you want? Be inspired to change your life with 8 motivations to create the life you want.

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Change the size or look of your screen font with these easy instructions.

10 Ideas for Writing Papers About Women

Need a topic concerning women for your essay or research paper? We've got 10 good ones to get your creative juices flowing.

The College Puzzle

Transforming College Learning: A Book Review

excerpt from review by Edward J. Brantmeier & Emily L. Kohl — August 21, 2014 in Teachers College Review on line Title: Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education Author(s): Charity Johansson Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore ISBN: 1421414376, Pages: 128, Year: 2014 Search for book at Transforming Students unpacks the process of engaging undergraduates in transformative learning, that is, learning which fundamentally changes the read more...

European University Perspective on Global Challenges

  by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute I was running through some aged writings online the other day and came across a presentation I made on March 20, 2009 at the invitation of the European University Association (EUA) in one of my fav cities, Prague.  I remember the convention being one of the most read more...

National Standardized Data Needed to Improve College Remediation

Remedial Education The role standardized reporting plays In this interview, ECS Policy Analyst Mary Fulton examines the value of national college preparedness standardization as a mechanism to overcome some of the major issues surrounding remedial college education. (The Evolllution, August 25)

A Break The Mold College Is Opening

Minerva has many interesting concepts and components that this article in the Atlantic covers.

Cappex College Insider

4 Tips for Getting the Perfect Class Schedule

Registering for classes can be stressful and frustrating. The classes you want might be filled and the others may be uninteresting or their times clash with your other classes. To avoid such a conundrum, you need to plan ahead and adjust accordingly. Here are some useful tips to help you get the prefect class schedule! […]

6 Tools to Help You Get through Freshman Year

Well, you did it. You’re finally here. 18 years of life, 12ish years of school, all leading up to this: college. Maybe you’re going to school in your hometown or maybe you’ve moved across the country, but regardless of your individual circumstances, this is going to be a big adjustment. We’ve assembled six of our […]

12 Scholarships Expiring in September

Summer is almost over and fall is on its way. You probably have just a little bit of free time left before your classes begin for the upcoming semester. Somewhere in between end-of-summer parties, school shopping, and everything else on your checklist, try to fit in some time to apply for a few of these […]

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