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Here Are the Programs That Failed the Gainful-Employment Rule

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2017 - 2:33pm
High-profile institutions with programs that ran afoul of the Education Department's new regulation include Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Southern California.
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Which College Is Right for You? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 9, 2017 - 2:19pm

“So, where are you going to school next year?” Sometimes it feels like this is the only question people ask you. Maybe you’ve been dreaming about a certain university, or maybe you have no idea what you even want to do with your life, let alone where to go to school. Choosing the right program is one of the biggest decisions of your life (no pressure). But before you take the plunge, here are three questions to help you figure out “What’s best for me?”

1. Do I know what I want to do with my life?

If you can answer a resounding “Yes!” to this question, I would suggest you stay open to new possibilities. For example, I really thought I wanted to be a psychologist, so I found a great school with a great psychology program. However, after my first semester I realized I liked psychology, but I loved writing and teaching. I switched my major to English Writing & Rhetoric; became a published author; taught at inner-city schools; and now I work for the U.S. Department of Education. My point is you never really know where life will take you. So if you’ve always wanted to be a doctor, great: get into the best program you can—just don’t close yourself off to trying new things.

If you’re not really sure or have no clue, that’s fine; you have options. Start at a university with an undecided major. Looking to save some dough? Knock out a few basic courses at your local community college (this may give you a better indication of what you like and don’t like—just make sure your credits will transfer). Or, you can take some time off and travel or work; some good old-fashioned real-world experience can be a great eye-opener—check out this sweet career search tool for info and inspiration!

2. Have I explored all my options?

Maybe you’ve always wanted to go to Harvard; everyone in your family went to Harvard—Harvard is for you! Or is it? Sometimes the school that looks best on paper (or in your head) isn’t the best all-around fit for you. Check out competing programs; look for info like tuition, graduation rate, earning potential, typical total debt, etc.

Also, college is fun. Like FUN!!!! Yes, you’re there to work hard and get an education so you can become a contributing member of society and fulfill your dreams; but college is also a lot of fun. So, think about what type of school might be the best fit for you. Are you all about a big city or a more rural location? Do you dream of a huge campus with tons of people or do you like the idea of a closer-knit community? What about study abroad or certain social groups, organizations, clubs, and sports? These should also be factors you should include in your big decision.

By this point you might be wondering how you’re going to find all this info out and use it to compare various programs. My friends, I give you College Scorecard. This site is designed to help you find schools based on degree, location, and other search criteria. Plus, you can compare schools based on school size, average annual cost, graduation rate, average salary after graduation, etc.

 

3. How can I afford this?

Start hunting for scholarships and grants.  Like YouTube tutorials and social media groups, there are scholarships and grants for almost anything you can think of. Next fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). It’s free, just like the name says, so if you haven’t filled out your FAFSA yet do it now—I mean, finish this blog first—then complete your FAFSA.

Think about what you really want, do your research, look at all your options, and choose the best program for you—after all, it’s your decision.

Jonathan Goodsell is a Management and Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.

Photo by Andrew Jones, U.S. Department of Education.

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Twitter Campaign Urges Betsy DeVos to Make Title IX a Priority

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2017 - 12:53pm
The nominee to serve as Donald J. Trump's education secretary, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, has not expressed her plans for higher education.
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DeVos Moves From Wealthy Outsider to Cabinet Insider

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2017 - 2:55am
Trump’s nominee for education secretary has a long history of wielding influence outside of government and behind the scenes.
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A Racial-Equity Scholar Describes His ‘Painful Gratitude’ for Donald Trump

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2017 - 2:55am
Shaun Harper says Mr. Trump's victory in the presidential election means college officials can no longer doubt that racism still exists and can appear on their campuses.
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'Recruitment to Native Communities Has Got to Be Different'

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 5:10pm
Higher education needs to make significant changes if it wants to overcome the obstacles that face Native American students, says Carmen Lopez, executive director of College Horizons.
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How 2 Colleges Help Native Students Succeed

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 5:06pm
Cultural lessons, animal societies, and Soup Wednesday: The University of Montana and Blackfeet Community College take different approaches to serving Native students.
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Fighting Long Odds

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
What one semester reveals about Native American students’ struggle to succeed in college.
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A Better Use of Space

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 4:30pm
Antioch College and other small institutions rethink their real estate to generate revenue.
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Opening Gyms to the Public Can Make Money and Build Community Ties

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 4:30pm
Such efforts can serve as a bridge to local residents.
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Small Colleges Find New Revenue Streams Close to Home

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 4:30pm
Real-estate deals are just one way these institutions are trying to diversify their sources of income.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (1/13/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 4:01pm
The president of Chattanooga State Community College will lead the Tennessee Board of Regents system, and a former University of Illinois chancellor will head the Colorado Longitudinal Study.  
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MLA Delegates Reject Call for an Academic Boycott of Israel

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 9:13am
The delegates endorsed sending another measure, urging the MLA to refrain from endorsing the boycott campaign, to the full membership for a vote.
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Kentucky Legislature Gives Governor Power to Replace U. of Louisville's Board

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2017 - 7:03am
The governor's previous attempt to reorganize the board was blocked in court and contributed to an accreditor's sanction against the university.
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Twin Surprises at Suffolk U.: an Extra Paycheck and a Demand to Return It

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2017 - 1:22pm
A vendor mistakenly deposited the money into some employees' bank accounts during a test of a new payroll system.
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Awaiting a State Budget, Illinois Colleges Adapt and Hope

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2017 - 2:55am
As government-relations officials for the state’s public institutions prepare for another year of financial uncertainty, their jobs are changing.
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'You Have to Understand the World in Which You Live'

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2017 - 2:01am
After going a few rounds in the political arena, Penn’s Zeke Emanuel wants to turn academics loose on crucial international issues.
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Talladega College Says Band Will March in Trump's Inaugural Parade

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2017 - 12:01pm
The historically black institution in Alabama has drawn a significant backlash, but its president said the inauguration is a civil event, not a political event.
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Are you ready to be engaged in education?

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 5, 2017 - 10:00am

With [ESSA], we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” — President Barack Obama

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), our national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.  In developing plans and implementing ESSA, stakeholder engagement – including parents – plays a crucial role in improving student outcomes in our schools.

Family engagement is crucial at the national, state and, particularly, local level where you can make a difference in your child’s school and classroom.

“Engagement” is about more than families’ one-way receiving of information and sponsoring fundraisers at school. It’s the opportunity for families to be active and integral participants in their children’s education. As examples, school districts have established parent councils to advise the  Superintendent, offered workshops on navigating the school system, and  implemented Academic Parent Teacher Teams to encourage greater conversation between teachers and parents on learning expectations and strategies to improve achievement.

Re-think family engagement, not to add burden to already-busy parents or work to teachers’ increasingly packed school day, but instead to build relationships between two crucial components of a child’s life together –families and school personnel –to further support their successful education, well-being and development.

As a parent you have plenty of options, depending on availability, interests, skills, and personal constraints, to be engaged.  Look for opportunities that work for your family.

  • Establish positive relationships with school administrators and teachers. If you haven’t met your child’s teachers yet, request a short meeting or send a quick email to introduce yourself and let them know you are there to support your child.
  • Meet with teachers about academic and social development goals for your child. Ask what your children should be able to do at his/her grade level. Ask what you can do to support learning at home. Share ideas of how the teacher can better support your child in class. If your child needs special education services – ask for a thorough explanation of options and services available. Check the Parent Checklist to get started.
  • Attend PTA or parent organization meetings and find out about the issues in your school. Ask questions if others aren’t bringing up the things that matter to your child’s success or your community.
  • Volunteer on a committee that focuses on an activity or issue important to you, whether it is school transportation, safe places to play after-school, teacher diversity, bullying or academics.
  • Voice your opinion to local and state Boards of Education and local, state, and national elected officials on things that matter to your family. Write letters, make phone calls, or attend public meetings. Check local jurisdiction or state government websites for contact information and meeting schedules.
  • Each state, by law, should have parents engaged in the process of developing and implementing ESSA for the 2017-18 school year. Check your state’s education website to find out about your parent representative and the developing plans.

Being engaged in education doesn’t require endless free time or multiple degrees and in-depth knowledge about schools. You just need a concern for your child and a little bit of time to act on that concern. You’re ready! #GetEngaged!

Frances Frost serves as the Family Ambassador, U.S. Department of Education. Find her on Twitter @FamiliesatED.

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In Letter to College Presidents, Biden Urges Continued Fight Against Sexual Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2017 - 4:01am
The letter and an accompanying guide amount to a sort of swan song on the issue for an administration that has been dogged in its efforts to stem sexual violence on campuses.
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