Summer Preparation Workshops for Soon to be College Freshmen

May 2, 2011 by  
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The first year of college is filled with land mines that can dramatically undermine a student's chances for graduate school or career success. Today's students face a hyper-competitive market for graduate school admission and jobs; one where a grade point average less than 3.5 will severely restrict options. This is the harsh reality. This generation faces a degree of uncertainty unknown by college graduates in the last 50 years. For most college students, the first year of classes produces the lowest grades. For many, their chances of accumulating a 3.5 average are lost after the first year. There are many reasons why first-year college students struggle. They are away from home and the structure of high school, friends,... Read More »

Undergrad Business Students Work Least, Learn Least?

April 28, 2011 by  
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The NY Times lambasted undergraduate business majors in a major expose on what college students are actually learning.
Business majors spend less time preparing for class than do students in any other broad field, according to the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement: nearly half of seniors majoring in business say they spend fewer than 11 hours a week studying outside class. (NY Times 4/14/11)
With 20% of all undergrads majoring in business, this is no small concern.  We have been advising families for years against the undergraduate business major (except at a small handful of colleges with truly outstanding programs), due to the lack of rigor and skill building in the business major curriculum. To measure the failure of... Read More »

Why We Do What We Do @ College Admissions Clinic

January 5, 2011 by  
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So the Winter Break is over and we're back to work here at College Admissions Clinic. For 2011, we have many exciting things planned. You will hear about them shortly as the details become clear. In the meantime, we have a little spring in our step because the early decision/early action acceptances have rolled in. While our job can be tough, working intimately with people is never only roses and sugarcakes, this time of year is always rewarding. After putting in the work of the fall application season push, we can sit back and watch the rewards come in. In a way, it's similar to a farmer's harvest. Not every single seed that we planted in... Read More »

Hunger Striking New Lawyer Says, “A Law Degree Does Not Guarantee Employment”

August 9, 2010 by  
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Dissafected, unemployed law school grads are raising a huge stink about about being misled by law schools. One blogger, Ethan Haines, is going on a hunger strike to bring attention to the situation. Today's Inside Higer Ed has the scoop on all the controversy. The abridged version is thus: Law degrees are expensive and law schools are not being honest about the putrid job market for new lawyers. Be very careful before investing $50-200,000 on a law... Read More »

Things Are Tough All Over, Part 1,998,753

June 22, 2010 by  
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Two articles of note this morning from NY Times and the Houston Press: In response to tough job market, law schools are inflating grades.  Law students are seeing their grades rise by as much as one grade point as schools adjust their grading systems to make graduates more attractive to hiring managers.  This seems like an awfully crass method of responding to the Great Recession. The odds of this making any difference in potential hires is low and the cost to law school reputations are high.  So why would schools such as UT-Austin and Georgetown play such a devious game? In the Houston Press, Rice University's Shannon Franklin, assistant director of the Jones Graduate School of Business, talks about the... Read More »

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