Developing Effective Retention Programs For Colleges

One of the things that many colleges don’t realize is that I’m already on their retention team. While I say this somewhat jokingly, I’m actually quite serious. Very often I am behind the scenes, unknown to them, working with their students so they can stay at their school and ultimately reach graduation. In some cases …

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5 Critical Skills For College Academics

Many students and parents become convinced during high school that the ability to do math calculations, write papers, and learn terminology for classes like biology, chemistry, or history will lead them to do well in college. While content-based knowledge is important, it overshadows other equally important skills for college. Process-related skills will help students to …

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When Students Achieve Below Their Parents

One of the challenging aspects that parents face about college is when their student is on a trajectory to not achieve at a level that everyone assumed they would. A strong correlate of students graduating from college is parent education level, and research shows that the children of college-educated parents are more likely to walk …

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Spring 2014 Program Update

I just wanted to take the time to post an program update for the second half of 2013 and spring 2014. During the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 semesters, I had students at Universities of Washington, Colorado, Alabama, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Vermont, North Texas, Rochester; Marist, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Marymount Virginia, Carnegie Mellon, De Paul, and Florida …

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When Predictions Of College Success Break Down

One of the most troubling and perplexing situations for parents is when their high or even very high achieving high school student goes to college and cannot continue their good academic performance. I have worked with many students who had extremely high GPA’s during high school, some even with weighted GPA’s as high as a …

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