Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

CTCL E-News December 2011

IS IT WORTH IT?

The value of a liberal arts education in a down economy is being questioned now more than ever, especially with sticker prices that raise even more questions about return on investment.

A new national study commissioned by the Annapolis Group explored the lasting effects of college in such areas as career preparation and advancement, skill development, development of personal and professional values and attitude, and community involvement.

In a ringing endorsement for their alma maters, residential liberal arts college graduates gave high marks for their education.

“This is valuable information for families about how well liberal arts colleges educate the whole person and the real contribution that the college experience makes to success after graduation,” said Philip A. Glotzbach, president of Skidmore College and chair of the Annapolis Group’s executive committee.


CHOICE OF MAJOR MATTERS IN HOW STUDENTS ENGAGE ACADEMICALLY

The 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Report provides some useful information for students considering majors and their academic challenge and faculty interaction.

Recent research, notably from the authors of Academically Adrift, suggests that the best student outcomes are achieved when students are academically challenged and engaged in their studies as soon as they begin college.

Inside Higher Ed highlighted additional findings from the NSSE Survey including data about learning strategies used by students and career participation programs such as practicums, internships or clinical assignments.


HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS TRYING TO AVOID RISKY LOANS AND DEBT

A new report from the Project on Student Debt at The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) shows that college financial aid offices can and should play a significant role in reducing their students’ reliance on private loans.

Reaching and counseling students before they take out a private loan and helping weigh the implication of future debt and ability to repay, can result in more informed choices and options. “College financial aid offices have unique opportunities and responsibilities to help people make informed and affordable choices about student loans,” said TICAS president Lauren Asher.

“Millions of students end up with risky and expensive private loans when they actually have safer options, and the financial consequences can be devastating and last a lifetime. We found that counseling and information at critical decision points can really help borrowers make smarter choices.”


SELF HELP GUIDES FOR THE STRESS OF APPLICATION PROCESS: FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS!

It is the time of year when prospective students—and their parents—need a little extra advice along with a lot of humor to make it through the college application process.

Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officerdelivers a heavy dose of satire along with some practical advice for students caught in the thick of the process. For parents wondering if anyone else has suffered through what they are enduring, Jennifer Delahunty’s I’m Going to College-Not You features essays written for parents by parents sharing their personal reflections on managing a child’s college application process.

Either one (along with a copy of Colleges That Change Lives!) would make a great holiday gift for the college admissions-stressed person on your list!


CTCL 2012 PROGRAM DATES AND LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED

The dates and locations for the 2012 CTCL national program series "How to Choose a College That's Right For You" have been chosen and will soon be announced on the Events link at ctcl.org.

The series will commence in the Northeast on May 20, 2012 in the Washington, D.C. area and conclude in Boston on May 23.

The remaining sessions will take place in late July and August with the kick-off in the West on July 28 in Seattle and Portland, followed by the South on August 11 in Houston and Austin, and includes a return to Birmingham, AL.

The Midwest series in late August, will start in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, August 25 and will include a long-awaited return to the Detroit area.

As always, all of the CTCL programs are free of charge and open to the public.


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