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COLLEGE TODAY: THE BEST – AND WORST – OF TIMES

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it is the best of times and it is the worst of times for American higher education.A college education is more widely available than at any time in our nation's history, with well more than two-thirds of high school graduates attending college in the year following high school, and more than 80 percent beginning their higher education within a few years.
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A Q&A You Can Use With Your Friends

Since September 2003, with your support, I have been steering College Parents of America's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., supporting legislation and rule-making that reduces the complexity of the education planning process and makes college more affordable for families. If your family members, friends and neighbors can be convinced to join you as a member of our organization, then our advocacy efforts can become even more effective, as they will be "on behalf of" an even greater number of people.
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Colleges Can Save Money by Adopting Better Business Practices

It’s not exactly a newsflash that one of the many ways that U.S.-based businesses are gaining productivity – and saving money – is through outsourcing of certain functions. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some colleges and universities, in searching for ways to keep their own expenses down, are also looking to outsource. […]
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POEM: ‘TWAS THE FUTURE COLLEGE PARENT’S WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the houseCollege applications were stirring, waiting the click of a mouse;The essays were done, saved as word docs with care,In hopes that high SAT scores soon would be there;The 12th-graders were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of acceptance letters danced in their heads;And Mom with shrinking checkbook and Dad with plunging market cap,Found it difficult to relax for a long winter's nap;
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3 Factors to considering an internship or Job!

Receiving an offer for an internship or job can be an overwhelming decision, particularly for a college student or recent graduate looking to start their career off on the right foot. Luckily, your student can talk with other professionals (such as yourself) who can lend a hand in making these tough choices. What are the most important factors to consider when evaluating internship and job offers? The organization
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Getting a Job at Google

The New York Times has recently run a series of articles on how to get hired at Google. However, finding a job at Google is a years-long topic among multiple media outlets. Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, has given quite a few interviews on how to stand out in the application process and how to fit Google's desired criteria in the interview process.  Not interested in working for Google? Bock's tips should be helpful to most college grads in their current career search.
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On the Dangers of College Degrees and Overspecialization

   (Penn State's Fall Career Days, pic by Penn State Live) 
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College Grads, Unemployment & More than a Resumé

  While the economy is slowly recovering, some recent college graduates are still struggling to find work.  
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Why College Is Worth the Investment

We fundamentally believe in the value of higher education to advance the quality of the lives of the students, families and communities where they eventually serve. 
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“Did You Get a Job Yet?” The Fine Line Between Hassling & Encouraging

Landing a job just out of college is not as easy as it used to be. With a tight job market and struggling economy, recent college graduates are competing with their peers and seasoned professionals for entry-level positions in their field.