Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 7, 2012 in , , | No Comments

March is Women’s History Month

Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment

About This Year’s Theme

Women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, but it wasn’t long ago in our American history when women weren’t “allowed” to attend college. The fight for an education was a constant struggle waged by many strong, determined women—across years and across cultures—in our country. We have those women to thank for our own education today.

Is College Worth the Cost?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Oct 20, 2011 in , , | No Comments

With college costs skyrocketing, many students (and their parents) are asking whether it’s worth the cost.

For most people, it appears college is a good choice. I’ve seen evidence showing earnings of college grads far out pace those with only a high school diploma. Those with advanced degrees usually make more than all of the above. Projections show there will be a demand for educated workers. However, the game changer was the recession, leaving many grads out in the cold and those still in school wondering what to do upon graduation.

Is college still the answer to a bright future as it once was?

For-Profit College Rip-Offs

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 25, 2011 in , , | 2 Comments

Lawmakers are finally cracking down on for-profit colleges accused of preying on students.

I’ve written a few blogs on this particular subject. Each time, I find the information about this subject more and more disturbing, since these colleges seem to go after the most vulnerable people. Their recruiters make promises they can’t keep, blatantly lie about being accredited, and falsify student loan information. Don’t become one of their victims!

Planning for College Admission

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 4, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Students and parents may feel as if the college admission process is like playing a game.

In a sense, it is, but there are strategies to assist in planning an academic and career future.

As you already may have discovered, there are numerous resources online and at your local library. I found one, College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family, by Andrea Lieman, Ph.D. and Steven Roy Goodman, M.S., J.D., that addresses many important aspects of the college admission process sometimes omitted from other books.

Below are important things to keep in mind whether you’re a parent, guardian or student.

Only 15 Minutes

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 17, 2011 in , , , | No Comments


It takes only 15 minutes for total strangers to decide your future.

Shocking as it might seem, the process involved in deciding whether you get into a certain college–or not–takes only minutes by a committee.

Not only that, the process is highly subjective. Things you wouldn’t think should matter often do. Besides GPA, the difficulty of classes taken, a well written essay and your extracurricular activities, a candidates gender, state of origin and race, play a large part in the process. And believe it or not, GPA isn’t always at the top of the list as most candidates think. Well-rounded students are usually more desirable than those totally focused on academics.

Trade Schools

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 17, 2011 in , , | No Comments



 

Students Lured Into Trade Schools and Debt

In his article in The New York Times, Peter S. Goodman stated concerns about trade schools, “One fast–growing American industry has become a conspicuous beneficiary of the recession: for–profit colleges and trade schools”.

Schools that train students for careers in areas such as health care, computers and food service, enrollments are climbing as people anxious about declining job prospects borrow aggressively to pay for tuition that can exceed $30,000 a year.

Beware of schools which promise
much, but deliver little.

Online Certificate & Degree Programs

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 10, 2011 in , , | No Comments


Below is more information regarding ways to protect yourself regarding online certificate and degree programs.

As mentioned in another post, always be sure to check the national and regional accreditation of a program through an established accrediting agency. Online degree and certificate programs must meet the same standards as other colleges. How do you find out information about an online college?

1) Universities should list their accreditation visibly on their websites. Verify what they have listed and where the physical headquarters is located.

Online Colleges

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 20, 2010 in , | No Comments


The best online colleges possess the following:

Endorsements

Accredited and endorsed by the Department of Education is what legitimate colleges should include on their website and in literature. If they say licensed, or any other buzz word that essentially means nothing, you may spend time, along with your hard earned money, obtaining a piece of paper not honored by your employer.

Payment

A good online college should not charge you in a lump sum, rather per course or per credit.

Faculty

Educators must have degrees from accredited universities, have teaching experience and teaching credentials (many require a Masters or PhD., are considered “professionals” in their field, and might not require a teaching credential).

Interested In Online College Options?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 12, 2010 in | No Comments

Is a 9-5 job or exorbitant fees keeping you from getting a B.A. or Ph.D.?  If any of these handicaps—be it a job, fees, or a far-off campus you cannot commute to—are stopping you from taking courses, the answer may be online schooling.  To find out whether online schooling is a good course for you, you should go to www.degreesearch.org.  The website has a range of services and guidance about online schooling to make choosing an online school simple and hassle-free.  Its articles on the particulars of online schooling such as accreditation, pros and cons, financial aid, and the like can be a good aid for those looking to take online courses.  Furthermore, the ‘quick degree finder’ is another handy service of the site which, like it says, is a speedy tool for rooting out schools by your field of study and degree level.