Of course you have to get in t one of these elite schools. Kiplinger picks the best values among 200 private colleges. Yale comes out on top, but Wesleyan, Trinity and Connecticut make the top 50.
There are times when I want to tell my students that if they want to learn anything at college, their first step should be defriending their parents. Write them a nice letter, on actual paper, once every week or so, but on the whole: let go. Stop living in their shadows, and start casting your own.
Read Jennfier Finney Boylan’s essay in the NYT about arriving at Wesleyan 36 years ago and what she sees on the Colby campus today.
This is from a review of a new book about a new book by Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean, “Generation on a Tightrope,” that looks at the current crop of college kids:
Technology defines so many things about them, Levine and Dean write, for good and bad. They are extremely connected, and yet isolated; while they are “in 24/7 contact with a tribe of friends, family and acquaintances via social media, they are more alone in many of the activities they pursue,” with only a third of undergraduates reporting that they attend college social and community events at least once a month. This connectedness/isolation contradiction makes them “weak in interpersonal skills, face-to-face communication skills, and problem-solving skills.”
Among the parties with whom they are in near-constant contact are their parents. “Unlike other generations that called home once a week, two out of five students (41 percent) are in touch with parents by phone, e-mail, text or visit at least daily,” the report states. “One in five (19 percent) is in contact three or more times a day.” That is reflective of a dependence on parents and other adults (attributable in part to coddling by said parents) that leaves many of them underprepared to enter the world on their own, and leaves many college deans and other officials telling the authors that “the biggest change on campus since 2001 is parent involvement — and sometimes intrusion – on campus.”
Incoming high school seniors, start your engines!
Go here for the 2012-13 Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission. It allows students to apply to hundreds of colleges with a single application form. Which means students apply to dozens of colleges they have no intention of ever attending. I’m kidding, sort of.
Now, if I can only get my son to work on his essay.
I did and prices are the cost of college is still rising. And once again it colleges are banking on the federal government to justify their profligate behavior. Much as I want the government’s low interest rates, I can’t stand the fact that higher education just responds by raising the price of college.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, along with U.S. Reps Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro hold a last-ditch press conference in Hartford today about student loan interest rates, which will double next week unless Congress acts. Courtney has made preserving the 3.4 percent interest rate on government-subsidized Stafford loans his top priority. News reports over the weekend suggested that a deal may be near to save the low rates. It would cost about $6 billion to to preserve the cheaper interest rates.
The U.S. Dept. of Education breaks down the schools with the highest and lowest tuition. Check out the College Affordabilty and Transparency Center.
Here are some of the ugly numbers. This is just tuition at private, not-for-profit schools. Room and board and other fees will push these figures over $50K.
Under fire for agreeing to administer the SAT during the summer at a special test-prep camp for the National Society for the Gifted and Talented at Amherst College, the College Board announced today it had made a mistake. Students attending a three-week program at Amherst would drill for the SAT and then take the test, which is not offered anywhere else during the summer months. Students had to pay $4,495 to get the chance to take the test, which led critics to charge that the College Board was giving wealthy students a leg up.
The College Board backed off today:
… Given what senior management has learned in the past few days, we informed NSGT earlier today that it would be inappropriate for an official SAT administration to take place at the conclusion of the University Prep program. … certain aspects of this specific program run counter to our mission of promoting equity and access, as well as to our beliefs about SAT performance. The SAT was created to democratize access to education, and innumerable third-party studies have demonstrated that SAT performance is directly related to the type and rigor of course work pursued by students during high school. To send any other message, even inadvertently, is contradictory to our beliefs and decades of SAT performance data.
Yale grad Marina Keegan, who died in a car crash on the Cape over the weekend, wrote this for graduation:
We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.
A new survey of recent college graduates out of Rutgers University getting attention today shows they are struggling to find full-time work, live independently and to pay off their college loans. The poll or 444 graduates between 2006 and 2011 also raises some difficult questions about the cost and usefulness of college.
Parents and college kids will want to look at the results, which make you wonder a little about the value of a college education. Here are a few charts that summarize some of the data:
An intriguing study, using data gathered from a study 5,000 families since 1968, finds, not surprisingly, that parents are providing more financial help for their children. The University of Michigan researchers note that 6 in 10 young people between 19 and 22 are subsidized by mom and dad. The average amount — which includes support for education, housing and transportation — comes to $7,500 a year.
Not surprisingly, the wealthy do more, particularly when it comes to paying for education. The researchers, Patrick Wightman and Robert Schoeni, of the University of Michigan and Keith Robinson, of the University of Texas at Austin, conclude:
They are taking longer to leave home, complete their schooling and get married.
Stable employment, once the foundation of adulthood, is becoming more elusive as the labor market is becoming more fluid; average job tenure is shorter and employment transitions, voluntary and involuntary, occur more frequently—with all the accompanying uncertainty. The relationship between parenthood and marriage is becoming increasingly tenuous as more children are born to single parents and cohabitating and married couples are waiting longer to have children. In short, many young adults are taking longer to make the transition to traditional adulthood. Moreover, these trends have been accompanied by an increase in financial and material support young adults receive from their parents.
About 42 percent of respondents reported their parents helped them pay bills, with those receiving help getting an average of $1,741;
Nearly 35 percent of young adults said their parents helped with college tuition, with those receiving help given an average of $10,147;
About 23 percent received help with vehicles (about $9,682 on average);
About 22 percent received help with their rent away from home ($3,937 on average);
About 11 percent said they received loans from their parents ($2,079 on average) and nearly 7 percent said they received financial gifts (average amount of $8,220).