Archive | August, 2011

High school star, college struggle

The Chicago Tribune posted an story about the correlation between Chicago-area public high school students GPAs in high school and what they are then able to achieve their first year in college. While there is – as always – more to the stories than strict numbers, only 29 of  the more than 600 public high […]

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High schoolers … read this!

There are all kinds of great resources on the web to help you find not only the best college but the best deal in a college education. I’m going to highlight a few of these resources this week, so you know what is out there to you. Picking a college is tricky! If you do […]

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Buying Books or is it Bying Books??

Recently saw a funny tshirt that discussed how those of us of a certain age have been betrayed. If this is our future, why oh why isn’t it more like what was promised in Star Trek and other forward looking visions that showed us a shiny world of teleporters and a beautiful lack of traffic?? […]

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The Countdown

My son started his countdown at ten days. He leaves for college on Sunday, so his number is rapidly dropping. DePaul has been sending him lots of emails about the activities he’ll be enjoying during his first weeks at school. He is one of the lucky freshmen whose program begins a week earlier than most. […]

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The Extinction of On-Campus Learning?

Michele Weldon, an assistant journalism professor at The Medill School at Northwestern University, is also a parent sending children off to college this fall. She reflects on the expense of apartment living for students and parents in a recent article  for the Chicago Tribune. While Weldon doesn’t get into the expense of the dorms, perhaps […]

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Fine Arts and Education

Mark George, President and CEO of the Music Institute of Chicago, wrote an interesting article that was published in the Chicago Tribune today. The title, “Trimming Music Ed is a Mistake” set his topic out pretty clearly. He goes on to discuss the potential parallels between learning language and learning music. All children learn to […]

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Early on in the DePaul orientation, we watched a video that ended with probably a minutes of various smiling faces saying “Welcome” or variations on that theme. Despite the knowledge that I was being wooed/played (I am in marketing, after all) it really did give me the warm fuzzies. I believed – at that moment- […]

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Lanning’s Cry for Entrepreneurship … and the Beyond Graduation Answer

Beyond Graduation has been talking about a recent blog post by Paul Lanning http://www.foundationccc.org/NewsRoom/PresidentsBlog/tabid/456/EntryID/141/Default.aspx   Lanning has served as President and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges since 2007. He writes about a problem common to most these days … funding. The ‘having enough of it’ part of funding, not the ‘figuring out how to […]

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Lightning Bolt on Forehead

Saw the new (and last) Harry Potter movie the weekend it opened. Not opening night … no, that was reserved for the truly serious fans. I raised two of them, one of whom attended the midnight show dressed as Tonks. One of her party was dressed as a Crookshanks (a cat) and another as Fawkes […]

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Harry Potter with a student loan???

Okay … Hogwarts, as an invitation-only institution, must be tuition free. One can only hope, given the amount of Weasleys and their implied financial situation. But at recent blog entry I stumbled over –  http://bit.ly/n5UxIC – has great fun pricing out just what those years at Hogwarts might look like as a final price tag. […]

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