Building Trust Between Colleges and Parents

Presidents of colleges and universities love to talk. They love to talk about the schools they lead, and why they are great. They love to talk about problems facing America and the world, and how U.S. higher education is producing the next generation of leaders to...

Rights and Responsibilities in College Admissions

The bumper sticker slogan, “Freedom is not free,” applies to college admissions just as it does to democracy. Students have the freedom to apply to college wherever they want, and colleges are free to accept their application, or not. And just as in...

PURSUING A PASSION BEATS CHECKING ANOTHER BOX

Parents often ask me about the importance of extracurricular activities when it comes to supporting a college, graduate school or job application for their son or daughter. Here’s how I answer that question. First, I make clear that four other components of the...

Building Bridges Between Schools and College Parents

Not too long ago, the role of college parents at the start of a school year was akin to employees at a moving company: fill up station wagon, drive to appointed destination, unload items and leave town. Now, thanks to a growing recognition by colleges and universities...
Cultivating Your Child’s Potential: At What Cost?

Cultivating Your Child’s Potential: At What Cost?

As parents, we always want what is best for our children. What better way to provide them with the best opportunity to succeed than to send them to the best college or university? What happens when the costs of going to college are not completely covered by...

Making a Resume Stand Out

Your child has dedicated a large amount of time and effort to his/her college education and experience, and accomplished a great deal. You know it. Your family knows it, but when it comes to landing that first job or internship, your child needs to make sure the...

What I Read Over my Winter Vacation

While many of you were catching up on your pleasure reading over the recent holidays, I took a different route. Call me a martyr, but one of the many higher-ed-related tomes I tackled by the fire on those dark late December nights was Tuition Rising: Why College Costs...

Words to Know

Academic Probation – A student can receive this if they fail to keep up with their school’s academic minimums. Those who are unable to improve their grades after receiving this warning can possibly face dismissal. Beer Pong / Beirut – A drinking game with...