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What About that Free Community College Tuition Plan?

retrieved from Education Dive
President Barack Obama’s free community college plan would help students who have the greatest difficulty repaying their student loans, despite the already-low price of a two-year degree, reports.
The student loan default rate for community college students is more than twice that of four-year college students, even though their average annual tuition is $3,347, compared to more than $9,000 for public four-year schools, in state, and more than $31,000 for private schools.
For community college students who take out student loans, the average debt load is $10,000.

Also check out the Fortune article here

Alzheimer’s Scholarship deadline 2/15/15 is offering a $5000 scholarship to college students who write an essay on how Alzheimer’s has changed their lives.

The application is available here.  Hurray as the deadline is 2/15/15.


Buick Achievers Scholarships Apply Now Through 2/27/15


Buick will award 50 renewable scholarships up to $25,ooo per year for majors in science, technology, engineering and business.  The complete list of majors can be found here.

This great scholarship program closes on 2/27/15 so hurry to apply so you don’t miss out.!


What can an College Consultant do for You?

via Higher Educaton Consultants


How Can An Educational Consultant Help Your Family?

A professional educational consultant works one-on-one with each student, helping to identify colleges and universities that offer the best matches for the student’s unique needs, and keeping the student on track through every phase of the college application process.

A consultant can help your family with:
High School curriculum planning. A consultant can help students make smart choices about their high school courses so that they stay on track for college admissions.
College admissions profile assessment. Although no consultant can guarantee admission to any individual college, a consultant can help your child identify their strengths as an applicant.
College selection. A consultant can assist your child in finding the colleges and universities which best match their interests, personality, needs and admissions profile.
College entrance exams. A professional consultant can answer questions about which college entrance exams are most appropriate for your child and when to schedule testing. Some consultants also provide assistance with test preparation.
College applications and essays. A consultant works with each student to establish a realistic schedule for staying on top of application details and deadlines. Consultants may also review application elements, including essays.
Majors and Careers. Students often benefit from guidance in choosing majors and careers that are a good fit, as well as information about which colleges offer strong programs in areas of interest.
Financial Aid. Many families worry about how to pay for college expenses. A consultant can help your family navigate these concerns, while pointing your family in the direction of financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities.
Help from a non-biased third party so that you and your child can focus on enjoying this time together, rather than arguing about completing college applications

Buying a tablet, points to consider



Tablets in Education – How To Choose?

  • User friendly student interface
  • Dynamic hardware: can it be upgraded with SD cards or usb hardware?
  • Displays all types of content: quickly show photos and videos
  • Standards based:  Check out the common core requirements
  • Easy implementation: want out of the box utility
  • Professional development provided:  is there a rep in your area for inservice training?
  • Classroom management: what about breakage, security and storage?
  • Affordability: more or less than an ipad
  • Supervision and control
  • Built for education: will it run educational aps?

October 24, 2013

via The Journal

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Free for Students Beginning Dec. 1

Microsoft is making Office 365 ProPlus — the edition of Office that includes the desktop applications — free for students beginning Dec. 1. The announcement was made at the Educause 2013 conference, taking place this week in Anaheim, CA.

Microsoft as made its Office 365 cloud-based suite free for education for about a year and a half now, but the ProPlus edition includes the full core suite of Office desktop applications — Word, Excel, and PowerPoint — in addition to the cloud productivity and collaboration tools (e-mail, document sharing, Web conferencing, Web site creation, cloud storage, calendaring, instant messaging, and the Web app versions of Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel).

Through the new Student Advantage program, institutions that license Office 365 will be able to provide the software to students at no additional charge.

According to Microsoft: “Beginning December 1, 2013, education institutions worldwide that license Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. More than 35,000 institutions are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students.”

Students will be able to install the desktop components locally on up to five devices.

In addition to the new student offer, Microsoft also revealed the results of a jobs skills study conducted by IDC. According to the report, which reviewed 14.6 million job postings in 2013, Microsoft Office was the third most-required skill overall (out of more than 11,000 skills identified), with other Office-related skills making the top 20 as well.

“Students use Office every day for school work and activities that are most important to them. Office not only helps students stay organized and get their work done today but at the same time develops skills that will be required when they enter the work force. In fact, no other software or services show up in the top 20 most important skills identified in the research report,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft, in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to schools across the globe so students have access to the latest, most up-to-date version of the world’s leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.”

According to Microsoft, Office 365 now has about 110 million users worldwide.

Additional details are available on Microsoft’s education portal.

What happened to the parent’s PLUS loans at historically Black Colleges?


via The Chronicle of Higher Education

A tightening of the PLUS  loan program’s eligibility criteria two years ago has hit historically black colleges  especially hard, as they serve many students who rely on the loan, and a considerable share whose families no longer qualify. Seeing enrollment declines, some colleges have formed a coalition to protest the change. Students, meanwhile, have had to drop out or scramble to find other forms of financing.

At Morgan State, students’ families received about $4-million less in PLUS loans this year than they did in 2012, said Tanya Wilkerson, director of financial aid. “We’ve really taken a hit with the new changes,” she said between advising students on reinstatement day. “It’s just been a big ordeal for us with our students not being able to meet the gap,” she said, “especially for those who have been eligible for the parent PLUS loan in the past.”

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized to historically black colleges last month for what he called poor communication by the department on the changes in loan eligibility. Until 2011, applicants were approved for a PLUS loan as long as they were not more than 90 days delinquent on any debt, and did not have any foreclosures, bankruptcies, tax liens, wage garnishments, or student-loan defaults in the past five years. Under the new standards, unpaid debts in collection and student loans written off as unpayable in the previous five years also count against applicants.

Leaders of historically black colleges and in the African-American community are lobbying the Education Department to change the standards back, arguing that there was no evidence of high default rates on parents’ PLUS loans.


Los Angeles Unified Puts IPADS in Hands of All Students


via Educational Dive

This year marks the start of Los Angeles Unified School District’s massive $1-billion iPad deployment. Putting one of the Apple devices in the hands of all 640,000 of its students is an ambitious move by the nation’s second-largest school district—perhaps even too ambitious for the seemingly short time frame in which it was launched.

There have been some bumps in the road and we can all learn from their struggles so that when we roll out these tablet adoptions, we can minimize the mistakes.  Here are some of them:

  • Take your time.  Their plan was to roll out all 640,000 ipads by the end of 2014.  They are going to struggle to meet that deadline.
  • Make sure the Wi-Fi is upgraded at each school and plan for those expenses in your budget. An Ipad with insufficient wifi is frustrating to use.
  • Make sure that your students have access to the bluetooth keyboards for various parts of the curriculum.
  • Make sure your teachers know at least as much as their students.  Kids are very adept right from the start at using their ipad.
  • Find out who is going to be responsible for breakage and losses.

If your school is considering a tablet adoption consider pairing the hardware with the available software.  Los Angeles Unified paired Apple with software from Pearson Education.  Per their contract Apple is responsible for replacing equipment that is broken up to 5% of the contract price.

Think Generation Y Just Texts? Nope….



via Internet Innovation

Generation Y has found a great many uses for broadband besides testing.  Take a look at these stats which probably won’t surprise you.

  • 1 in 4 US Teens owns a smartphone.  Smartphones have replaced watches and alarm clocks for these teens. (ditto for me-no more alarm clock needed).
  • 63% of students indicated a preference for a blended learning environment of in person teaching blended with an online experience like Blackboard.
  • A number of virtual labs have received funding from the US Department of Education-less cutting of frogs in Biology and more simulations.
  • Take the school bus home? 95% of all teens 12-17 are online.   76% use a social networking site.  77% have a cell phone.
  • 23% of all internet users and 7% of all cell phone users have participated in video conferences, chats or teleconference.  AN increasing number of job interviews are done via SKYPE too.
  • School districts around the country are providing the technology tools for students to learn at home and at school.

Who are the students in Community Colleges? You may be surprised to find out!

via The Atlantic

via Education Dive


I know from my own experiences that many high school students are dual enrolled in high school and the local community college.  You may be surprised to find out just how big a force those young students are.

A community college instructor writes that he had prepared himself to teach a classroom of older, non-traditional students, but the reality is that almost all of his students were just out of high school.
One of the schools where he teaches has seen a 30% increase in enrollments for students under 24 in the last 10 years; such students now make up the majority of the school.
Research backs up this observation: Between 1995 and 2009, students 18 to 24 went from 47% to 54% of community college classes.

Not only are college-aged students showing up more in community college classrooms — high-school aged students are too. In 1993, students under 18 were 1.6% of community college students. By 2009, it was 7%.

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