EDUCATING LATINO PARENTS IS KEY TO LATINO STUDENT SUCCESS

While Latino high school graduates are beginning to catch up to (and in some cases surpass) their white peers in terms of enrolling in college, they are still far behind where they need to be. That’s because their issues begin much earlier and, in many cases, prevent them from ever getting to the point of high school graduation.

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ARE “HAVE NOTS” IGNORED BY ELITE INSTITUTIONS?

In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policies, many opponents of race-based admissions are calling for colleges to focus on enrolling more low-income students as an alternative to affirmative action. But do the nation’s best colleges—public or private—really want to enroll larger numbers of socioeconomically disadvantage students? The research says ‘no.’

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YOUR WEBSITE MAY BE COSTING YOU APPLICANTS

Is your website easy to interpret and intuitive to navigate? Is it clearly and concisely worded? Is it thought-provoking and relevant? If your website isn’t all three of these things, potential students may leave without ever submitting an inquiry form, or completing an application.

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CAUTION: HAZARDOUS SUMMER AHEAD

The summer between high school and college can be a perilous time for college-bound students, but also provides an opportunity for learning.  Many of these students will increase their alcohol use. Others will struggle with misconceptions about what college life has in store for them. And for some, the realization of what college will really cost finally begin to sink in. Proactive colleges are now putting programs and strategies in place to address these issues and many others that can impact the transition to life on campus.

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SURPRISE! GRADUATING WITH DEBT IS A REALITY

Fidelity recently released a “Cost Conscious College Graduates Study” that examined how the cost of college and the resulting debt load impact college choice and future financial decisions. The essence of the report is summarized in this quote from Keith Bernhardt, Fidelity’s Vice President of College Planning: “The number of graduates reporting surprise by the level of student debt they have accumulated is a big concern and shows that there is a considerable need for families to better understand the total cost of college.”

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“STRUCTURED INTERVENTIONS” GENERATE DOLLARS, REDUCE ATTRITION

If you could invest less than $200,000 in a set of students and end up with a return on that investment of more than $660,000 in tuition payments, while also solving a nagging attrition problem would you do it? That’s exactly what happened at Georgia State University based on some serious data mining and a willingness to invest in students who were “most likely to succeed.”

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THE REALITY OF COMPETITIVE COLLEGE ADMISSION

Much to the surprise of many parents—and guidance counselors—admission to the nation’s most competitive colleges requires more than straight A’s, perfect ACT scores, a boatload of extracurriculars, and a commitment to community service to get in. That’s the story of Tanner McArdle, the “complete package” who didn’t get into Stanford, his dream school.

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COST TRANSPARENCY VIA A NET PRICE GUARANTEE

The University of Dayton was seeking a way to make the cost of college more transparent to students and families. The goal was to give families a clear picture of the costs they would bear so that they would be better prepared to bear them. The result is a guarantee:  that students in this year’s incoming class will pay the same amount in each of their four years  at Dayton.

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COLLEGE SEARCH, PART DEUX: THE ROOMMATE

By now, most students have made their final decisions about where they will be attending college come Fall. While parents will continue to navigate the many financial decisions yet to be made, many students still face one major decision related to enrollment:  choosing a roommate.

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SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS DOES INFLUENCE COLLEGE CHOICE

New research by sociologist Alexandria Walton Radford has found that, while 79% of “well-off” high school valedictorians apply to at least one highly selective college, only half of middle- and low-income valedictorians do. The difference:  students apply to schools they know about, and wealthier students are more likely to know someone who knows something about (or has attended) a highly selective college.

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EARLY INTERVENTION INCREASES COLLEGE ENROLLMENT

A new study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has confirmed what most us already knew: that providing college counseling to high school students in the freshmen year could significantly improve the number of students who go on to attend college. This was especially true among students whose parents didn’t attend college. Now the question becomes how to act on this information. Continue Reading »

DECLINES IN ENROLLMENT REFLECT STRONGER ECONOMY

Fewer people sought to enroll at colleges and universities this spring when compared to the spring of 2012, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center that was released last week. That’s bad news for institutions of higher education, but it’s also a sign that our economy is improving and providing more opportunity in the workforce.

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