June 20, 2017

What is a Freshman Seminar?

Virtually every college asks all first-year students to take a Freshman Seminar. The Freshman Seminar is a small (usually 15 to 20 students) class conducted by senior faculty member in a topic of interest to the students as well as the professor. Incoming freshman are asked to choose one of […]
May 5, 2016

Four Myths About the Entry Level Job Market

Too many journalists, education reporters or not, have spent too much time and copy space on stories that question the “value” of a college education as a matter of costs as well as preparation for the entry level job market. What they fail to report is that the entry level job […]
April 14, 2016

What is a First-Year Experience?

With college acceptances comes invitations to programs that are part of every freshman first-year experience. Most of the schools that I have visited have a series of programs to help entering freshmen, and sometimes transfer students, become engaged in college.. Student affairs experts that I have met since launching Educated Quest […]
April 7, 2016

Mississippi Religious Liberty Law Spells Problems for the State’s Public Colleges

For several months I have read of state legislatures that have passed laws that allow individuals employed in public sector agencies as well as private businesses to refuse service to gay men, lesbian women and transgender individuals on the grounds of religious liberty. I have not put the words religious […]
January 5, 2016

Public College Tuition Policies Touch All Politics

Given the interest in my post about the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, I took another look at the College Board’s table for in-state and out-of-state tuition at the flagship state universities in each U.S. state. I am amazed that states that have elected politically-conservative governors have managed to keep in-state […]
January 4, 2016

Why Are College Costs So High?

If you have been touring college campuses you have likely experienced “sticker shock” when you hear the rates for tuition and fees, room and board during the information sessions. Even the price of textbooks will make you wince. If you went to college yourself, you’re bound to wonder why the […]
December 28, 2015

A Message For the ‘Public’ that Grumbles About College Costs

The U.S is about to head into the presidential election cycle, so I found it timely to repost this piece from over two years ago. Personally, I am tired of the extremes proposed on both sides, though I more resent the attacks that politicians make on college costs and financial […]
October 29, 2015

Rutgers-Camden Makes Admirable Move On College Affordability

I’m working on an updated profile of my alma mater, Rutgers University-New Brunswick to post pretty soon. But today I wanted to focus on a recently-announced program at a sister campus, Rutgers-Camden. Students who will be incoming freshmen may, depending on their family’s income, be eligible to pay little-to-no tuition […]
October 21, 2015

A Dumb Idea for Campus Safety: Concealed Carry

In August,1966 a gunman named Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clock tower at the University of Texas-Austin with three rifles, two pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun. He fired shots at 43 people, killing 13. The shooting was the first on a college campus, and it hit the physical […]