College admissions review criminal record of applicants

How does revealing a criminal record affect prospective college students who have to provide that information on college admissions applications? The college Common Application is a website where college applicants can fill out a form that is used by 500 schools. The form gathers extensive information on applicants, including the question “Do you have a criminal record?”

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

I agree with some in the industry that filling out the question–and using it as a factor in admissions review–has become controversial and is stirring debate on the ethics of the information. Read more

Let’s have the talk about transgender and Caitlyn Jenner

Once upon a time, few people could say they knew someone who was gay or lesbian. Fast forward to 2015—most of us have a friend or relative we know and love who identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Yet transgender people have remained very misunderstood, and many institutions, such as women’s colleges have struggled with how to be inclusive.

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

That may be changing now that Bruce Jenner has made history by announcing his true gender identity. Now the transgender community will get another boost as Vanity Fair magazine introduces Caitlyn Jenner in a series of photos by Annie Leibovitz. Read more

Free SAT test prep for prospective college students

Prospective college students now have access to free SAT test prep classes through a partnership between the Khan Academy online educational site and the College Board, which administers the SAT college admissions test.

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

In an effort to improve student academics and SAT test scores, the two organizations will make SAT tutor classes available to high school students anywhere so they can be prepared for taking the SAT tests. Read more

For-profit colleges: Closures add to student debt crisis

Completing a college degree is hard enough. There are the hours of studying and the balancing act between school, job and a social life. Now add to that the chance that it all ends at the eleventh hour when your school closes its doors. That’s what happened to thousands of students attending the for-profit colleges owned by Corinthian Colleges.

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

For these students the question of student loan repayment is critical. What is worse, negotiations regarding forgiveness of their federal student aid have stalled. Here’s what college students need to know about this new wrinkle in the student loan crisis. Read more

Top ten myths about college: What you need to know

When I was in college full-time I heard so many cliché myths in the book: “You’ll gain 15 pounds your first year,” “It’s OK to get all Cs,” and “You’re supposed to be stressed out,” blah, blah, blah. You need to know that myths are just that: myths.

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

If you’re going to survive your college experience, you’ll want to read this list of the top ten myths about college. Read more

Should these college students pay back their loans?

Just like you (unless of course you graduated debt free, then congrats!), I had student loans to pay back long after I graduated. But I attended a traditional, private, four-year college. However, some students who attended for-profit colleges joined the Department of Education (DOE) in a meeting hosted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The students, who represented hundreds of others, had taken out federal financial aid as well as private student loans to attend Corinthian College. They say they are not repaying their loans. Does this seem fair? Let’s discuss it. Read more

Attend grad school or get a job? Answers for college students

Graduation day is coming for all college students (hopefully!). And when it does, will you be hitting the pavement to get a job, or will you be checking out the advanced degree opportunities to be had in grad school?

There are more reasons to attend grad school. Read on for more. (Credit: someecards.com)

There are more reasons to attend grad school. Read on for more. (Credit: someecards.com)

Need some help deciding which choice is right for you? Read on. Read more

Diversity in college—important for college students and college professors

As our population becomes more heterogeneous, U.S. college students are broadening the diversity in college. But that same varied representation of gender, races and cultures does not seem to be extending to college professors.

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Not only is faculty diversity lacking in terms of race, but also academic jobs seem to be disproportionately going to the graduates of the same group of schools. Why is this bad, and what can be done to change things? Read more

Increase in college enrollment: pros and cons

College enrollment has increased dramatically after the financial crisis of 2008 as newly unemployed professionals as well as young adult college students hope to attain the best college degrees so they can be more employable and find a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, enrollment increased 32 percent to a total of 21 million students.

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

The percentage increase of students older than 25 is larger than that of younger students. Here is some discussion on attracting and enrolling the non-traditional student, competition for jobs among degree holders and the economic pros and cons of the increase in college enrollment. Read more

President Obama offers free community college

President Obama recently proposed offering free tuition for two-year community college. The free tuition would be available for low-income students who maintain a good college GPA.

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

The goal of the proposal is to increase graduation rates of college students with some exposure to higher education, allow more students to transfer to four-year colleges and to prepare students for the modern job market. Some who criticize California community colleges say a nationwide program for free community college will not fare much better. Read more