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Baylor Donors and Alumni Take a Stand

Blog, Campus Safety, Colleges, General, News, Parents, Students
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In light of all of the negative publicity that Baylor University has received following the ongoing allegations of sexual-assault on the campus, influential alumni and key donors have formed a nonprofit group to demand and to oversee the overhaul of Baylor’s Board of Regents. Julie Hillrichs, spokesperson for Bears for Leadership Reform, asserted: “I cannot stress enough, it’s not about football . . . This is about women who have been sexually assaulted on this campus. We need to have total accountability and transparency.” [read more]

FAFSA Update

Application, Blog, Colleges, Financial Aid, Information, Parents, Students
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October 1 is right around the corner. This is the day the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will open up for the 2017-18 school year. In the past the opening date has been January 1, but now there are new guidelines including using the information from your 2015 taxes instead of having to file your taxes quickly to get you FAFSA filed. This program, called Prior-Prior, will open up financial assistance opportunities for many who have had difficulty making the tight timeline of previous years. [read more]

 

The Value of a Residential Liberal Arts Institution

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James Lang writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education posts an article discussing the value of attending a residential liberal arts institution as a “practice for life.”  Much of his article highlights a new book entitled Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College, out this month from Harvard University Press, authored by Lee Cuba, Nancy Jennings, Suzanne Lovett, and Joseph Swingle.  “Becoming liberally educated,” they write, “is a complex and messy process involving making decisions and learning from them . . . A residential college is excellent practice for reflecting on what home means and finding one as an emerging adult.” [read more]

CommonApp’s Rollover Feature

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July is an excellent to work on college applications, the only problem is that most 2017 applications do not open until August. However last fall, CommonApp announced a new rollover feature. This feature allows the student to put in the data portion of the application now and have it roll over to the new application after August 1. Students who take advantage of this feature can start their applications now, saving valuable time at the beginning of school. If you need assistance call CollegeBound Solutions for professional assistance. [903.526.6930]  [read more]

New Charges of Gender Bias Still Plaguing SAT

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March, May, and June have seen thousands of high school juniors and seniors study for and sit for the new redesigned SAT.  Along side the students were many professional test-takers with the primary goal of understanding the changes to the test so that they can develop better testing preparatory materials for those very important high school students.  It is these professionals who lay the claim of gender bias.  [read more]

Upcoming Changes for ACT Writing

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All of the sub-tests on the ACT are scored on a perfect score of 36 with the exception of the writing component, which will change to a 1-12 score. Some are concerned that this move will cause confusion with a population that is used to the 1-36 scale, but there is an explanation on the score report for anyone interested in reading about the new score. [read more]

Major + Skills = Job Prospects

Blog, Career, General, Major, Parents, Students
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Goldie Blumenstyk, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that good data exists to support students interested in a liberal arts education.  Develop some key skills along the way and good paying jobs prospects are an attainable reality, especially for those with some coding experience.  [read more]

College Return on Investment

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No matter how you look at it, college is an investment — both of time and money. Whether you’re planning to study computer science or psychology, earning potential in your chosen field, along with the cost of attendance for the schools you’re considering, should be part of the equation when whittling down your list of best return on investment colleges.

Check out the return on investment as reported by PayScale, the company with the largest salary database in the world.