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“Too Good to be True?” 4.10.14

If you are a high school student in grades 9-11, there is a very good chance you have begun to receive unsolicited messages from a range of organizations informing you of your nomination to be included in a special honor society or to attend summer leadership programs. On the surface, such nominations are intriguing. In [...]

“April College Planning Tips: Making Sense of Financial Aid Awards” 4.2.14

It’s crunch time for families in the college selection process. The admission decisions are in and, with less than a month remaining before the May 1 Candidates’ Reply Date, students are now turning their attention to the final choice of a college. It’s an exciting—and nerve-wracking—time to be sure, especially for families trying to reconcile [...]

“You’re In! Now What?

It’s official. Most colleges have released their admission decisions. By the time all of the mail is open, you should have options. Some will include scholarships or special recognition. Others will simply convey the invitation to enroll. In any case, congratulations! Your hard work has paid off and you get to make the final choice [...]

“BCF Readers’ Forum” 3/20/14

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 [...]

Campus Grotto

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...

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket

The bracket for the upcoming NCAA College Basketball Tournament has been released. This year's field of 68 teams features Florida, Arizona, Wichita State and Virginia as the four #1 seeds. Download a printable bracket here and don't forget to give the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge a try. Download Tournament Bracket (PDF)

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 ...

The 100 Greatest College Traditions

One of the greatest aspects of the college experience is being a part of a great college tradition. Traditions can provide a great sense of community, school spirit and overall well-being at a college with many students. Here we present our ranking of the 100 Greatest College Traditions based on the history, amount of student participation, and overall uniqueness of the tradition. Many of these are long-standing traditions that students and alumni hold dearly. You won’t see any college sports traditions here. We’re saving those for our upcoming ranking of the 100 Greatest College Sports Traditions. Make sure you are signed up to receive our latest articles by email so you know when t...

Continuing Education

Florida GED Info

The information you need to pursue your GED credential in the state of Florida.

6 Speed Reading Techniques from Wechsler

Learn six speed-reading techniques from the former business partner of the famous Evelyn Wood, founder of Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics. H. Bernard Wechsler, Director of Education at, shares six of the techniques successful speed readers use.

Alabama GED Info

The information you need to pursue your GED credential in the state of Alabama.

25 More Lies for Playing 2 Truths and Lie

We've added another list of lies to get you started playing Two Truths and a Lie. It's a favorite in the classroom for teachers of adults.

The College Puzzle

What Is the “Value” Of Higher Education?

By Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.. Featured in The Huffington Post April 16, 2014 In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education. Today’s students attend college for a variety of reasons, and whether enrolled in a degree/certificate program or personal […]

Educational Tools Teachers And Students May Find Useful

 By Melissa Burns Do you know how much the educational technology market is expected to be worth by 2018? Many people are surprised by the high expectations ($60 billion!), but no one can deny that there is huge potential in this industry, and teachers and students couldn’t be any happier with the improvements. New educational […]

5 Major Challenges For Post secondary Education

From: Boston Consulting Group U.S. universities and colleges face an array of pressing challenges that require education leaders to act with unprecedented strategic clarity and vision in order to seize the opportunities that lie ahead, according to a new report being released today by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).BCG has identified five forces that are […]

Why Take This Course? What Will I Learn In College?

AAC&U is pleased to offer two publications and a brochure designed for students. These items explain to high school and college students what really matters in college and how to achieve the outcomes of a good liberal education. Why Do I Have to Take This Course?, written for college students, has been purchased by more […]

Cappex College Insider

College Decision Day Checklist

National College Decision Day is May 1! National College Decision Day is the day by which you must inform a college or university that you plan to enroll there*. Usually this involves sending in a deposit to secure your place. Before you make your final decision, review our checklist to ensure you make the best choice […]

Buying a Work Wardrobe on a Student Budget

Beginning your summer job search? Or perhaps you have several internship interviews lined up? Whether you’re a high school senior or soon to be college grad, it’s never too soon to have office-appropriate clothes on standby. Even trickier is assembling a work wardrobe on a limited budget, which may spark you to frantically ask, “What […]

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

As a former college and career adviser, I’ve witnessed countless students anxiously awaiting the arrival of their financial aid award letters. For many of you, receiving your award letters from your colleges or universities is the most important part of your entire college decision process. Your award letter is the document that will outline your […]

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