May 30, 2017

The Senior Year is the Most Important Year on a High School Transcript

There are few things that I find really different between the current generation of high school students and myself when I was in high school. But there is one major difference; the way that senior year is considered in a college application. Back in “my day” most college-bound students had […]
May 30, 2017

Five Reasons to Be Concerned About Freshman Retention

If you visit regularly you might think that I’m infatuated with statistics, since I use so many in posts and profiles. Actually, I am far, far from the greatest of math-letes. But I try to find the numbers that should mean the most to any student and their family in […]
April 11, 2017

Lebanon Valley College (PA) Taught Me About College-Level Math

This past weekend, Lebanon Valley College (PA) held a Discovery Day program for prospective students, some already offered admission, others who are considering an application this fall or next. One highlight of Discovery Day was a presentation by three Mathematical Sciences professors. Mathematics and highlights might not seem like they […]
April 10, 2017

When Is It Important to Be a ‘Helicopter Parent?’

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother, Anna, was a helicopter parent. She was influential in getting her son his first job after law school, although he was an indifferent law student. Roosevelt practiced law at Carter Ledyard, a Wall Street firm which still exists today, for four years, before pursing his true […]
March 29, 2017

Worried About Standardized Tests? Try to Faghedabowdem!

With all of the nervousness and concerned that I hear from parents and counselors about standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, I sometimes wonder if poor scorers on preliminary tests such as the PSAT or the PLAN should consider a different strategy: pass on taking the more advanced […]
March 13, 2017

What Is a Party School? Here’s How You Can Decide!

Parents of college-bound students may turn pale at the thought of their son or daughter choosing a college that has been hyped up as a “party school.” However, the sources that label a college as a party school tend to be quite informal. Informal party school rankings often list schools […]
March 13, 2017
Seminar room at IUP's Cook Honors College

The Upsides and Downsides of the Public College Honors Program

Last week I paid a visit to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), our state’s research and technological university and got a preview of one of the better public college honors programs in the country. NJIT’s public college honors program is special because it offers academic tracks for students […]
March 6, 2017

What Makes a Great State University?

Read college guides and visit college gossip sites and you will get different thoughts as to what makes a “great state university.” Some people might tell you that it’s the school with the highest rankings or the one that is the most selective. While those schools receive the most attention […]
March 6, 2017

Can the Trump Administration Make Good With HBCUs?

President Trump has signed a nationally publicized executive order that moved a small Federal office responsible towards Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from the Department of Education to the White House. This was not the first presidential executive order focused on HBCUs, and it will not be the last […]