Do Skills Beat College Degrees?

A recent Heartland Monitor survey, reported on in the Atlantic, asked Americans what they felt were the most important qualities needed to succeed in the modern workplace. The article’s title suggested that many respondents felt that college was no longer necessary, and that a college degree was obsolete for success at getting a good job. …

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Failing College: Reader Q&A

I’ve heard from literally hundreds of parents and students, and over the years I’ve received repeats of similar questions or heard about nearly identical scenarios. I decided to begin a series of articles that melds these similar situations in to a composite “common scenario” so I could give my thoughts on them. This puts these …

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Assessing Problems To Help Students Doing Poorly Or Failing In College

Being able to accurately identify student problems is of critical importance in my work, and for anyone else trying to help a student. Parents may not know what has been happening because their student was away at college, and even the students themselves may have trouble identifying the problems or articulating them so they can …

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What Is Academic Underperformance® In College Students?

Occasionally I have come across the term “underperforming” in relation to schools in the U.S., namely to describe how they are not generating students that perform well enough academically. I could understand why some people would use this term to describe schools, but I always felt that it was mis-applied. It somehow suggested that a …

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