What’s a College President Got to Do with Me?

Prospective students and their parents would be smart to investigate the view of the presidents at colleges they’re considering for application to know if they share values and the college will be able to help the student reach his/her individual goals, since college presidents’ views regarding the role of colleges varies depending on the type of college.  Also, families can…

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Future Success + Financial Constraints = College?

More families, and younger, are asking Creative Marbles about financial aid and paying for college.   Parents are facing difficult choices between supporting multiple kids through 4 years of higher education and saving for retirement, while confronting the challenge of encouraging their children to dream big, yet understanding the realities of financing that educational dream.

Are College Going Attitudes Changing?

Are students’ and their families’ attitudes changing about college?  375 colleges, an increase of 96 institutions from 2011, report still having space available for freshmen and/or transfer students for Fall 2012.     Has the economic uncertainty caught up with families’ choices?  Is the $1 Trillion total student debt and consequences for individual borrowers causing families to pause, and not enroll in…

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To Take AP or Not to Take AP…

The number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes being offered and the rates of passing scores on the tests are increasingly being used as one criteria to rank high schools.  (Washington Post, Newsweek)  As parents become more savvy about the college admissions process, many know that the number of rigorous courses offered at a high school can affect the competitiveness of…

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PTA in College?

Parents are “graduating” from 12 years of PTA/PTO/PTSA meetings, alongside their high school seniors, so joining a college’s Parent Association may be the last idea on their list of moving junior/juniorette out of the house.  Plus, aren’t kids meant to be finally on their own in college? For the secret helicopter parent, a college parent association can be a transition…

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Instant Civics Lesson–Memorial Day & California’s Tuesday Primary Election

Learning isn’t only in the classroom and for a grade.  Life presents educational opportunities everyday. Tuesday’s Primary Election can spur conversations about citizenship.  Why is there a Primary election?  Why are voters electing delegates to the party primaries, not the Presidential candidate themselves?  What’s a Proposition?  Why are the voters deciding abut new expenses (i.e. bond measures) and not the…

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Prudent Fiscal Planning (Part 2): Income’s importance in Fiscal Planning and its Effect on Our Standard of Living

In the first post of the series, I discussed the need for prudent fiscal planning in these difficult economic times. Although it may seem that the economy has turned the corner from the most recent, yet severe economic downturn (recession), there are many storm clouds looming on the global economic horizon that could have a knock off effect on the…

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Middle Class Families Concerned about Affording College

Real wages haven’t increased, at the same time as pension values are decreasing, state budgets uncertainties are reducing funding for public universities and children are maturing into college age.  What a perfect confluence for many middle class families and contributing to nervousness that the lifelong dream of a college degree–demonstrated through multiple honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes each high…

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