Kathleen and I have been discussing several troubling trends we see in our student population and at college campuses. I happened upon a very interesting podcast by Sam Harris featuring a new book:  The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt...

Yes! Due to the recent coronavirus, this unprecedented move by the College Board allows students to take a 45 minute on-line exam at home. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be...

I love this blog and it tends to provoke some type of action. Either to get up and exercise, clean up my inbox or write blog postings, this is a newsletter parents and students can learn from in this recent posting. Purpose is what drives us, whether you are 16 years o...

I have attached the research report from Compass on the 2019 PSAT tests that created scores that were 20-30 points lower for this year's junior class.  As if students didn't have enough stress, it calls into question if the last round of SAT tests were off too. We will...

We have watched the battle between the ACT and SAT for student market share. In the past, the ACT was more of a traditional high school based test and therefore most students found it to be an easier test. As more elite colleges began to accept the ACT test and student...

Only 1% of families appeal their award letters, while college expect to offer discounts to many students. If you applied for and received award letters that do not meet your expected family contribution (EFC), you should appeal. The best way to appeal is to have other,...

There have been a few articles about the California Community College bill AB2 where community college would be free for the second year for first time students. If you did not know community college is already free for first time students that have not taken a college...

I have many students that want to major in Business, but the UCs and some other Liberal Arts schools only have Economics as their business major. So I was listening to a great podcast interviewing Richard Thaler, the Nobel Prize winner in behavioral economics, that was...

I was reading up on the trends that are predicted for 2018. IvyWise, a college application consulting company had predicted that managing student "yield" is the biggest issue for schools this year. There continues to be an increase in the number of applications to each...

We are seeing the rise of the business major where very competitive students are no longer applying to engineering and computer science but now turning their ambitions to the business major. I have only seen anecdotal evidence so far, but it has surfaced at one of my f...

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