Beyond the College Classroom

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 Timely information and resources about the college experience curated for parents to

 assist and support their student's success in college and beyond. 



Hands-on learning is a necessary part of college, but here’s what it doesn’t teach students

Washington Post


For students, college is a series of disconnected experiences: the classroom, the dorm, the athletic field, the internship. Yet employers say that what gets college students hired is the ability to translate what they learned in one place to another that is far different from where they originally learned a concept.  This is called “transfer learning” — the ability to generalize core principles and apply them in many different places, which becomes more important as the skills needed to keep up in any job and occupation continue to shift in the future. 


Craig’s Connection:  The author drives home the importance of students making connections among multiple learning domains.  To help get the most return on one’s investment in college, parents can ask questions that help their student make meaning of their experience by reflecting on how different dimensions of college come together.  Read the full article here…


Google Wants to Play a Bigger Role in Your College Search.  Here’s What You Need to Know.

Chronicle of Higher Education


Google is now moving into the college search arena.  It will draw from the College Scorecard and the Education Department’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, known as IPEDS.  Google’s immense power means the shift could have real-world ripple effects for students and the colleges recruiting them.


Craig’s Connection:  Check out the article if you are interested in a deeper understanding of this move by Google.  Recognize that a few statistics provide a good starting point but it is necessary to mine data from multiple sources to get a more holistic picture of the institution. Read the article here…



Sexual harassment at universities must stop, report says

NBC News


Fifty-eight percent of women in academia have been sexually harassed, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEMsays in a new report.  That makes academia second only to the military in which nearly 70% of women report they have been sexually harassed.   


Craig’s Connection:  Students and parents need to know what colleges are doing to address this issue.  Ask questions about programs and services provided by the college and talk with current students and staff about their perception of the on-campus climate.  Read the article here…



College Accommodations 101: Everything Students and Parents Need to Know

ADDitude Magazine


Getting services in college is more complicated than getting them in high school, but it’s much more manageable than you think. Here’s what you should know (and do) before your teen applies to college.


Craig’s Connection:  Make sure your child registers with the appropriate college official to access resources and receive learning accommodations. Read the article here…



Report: Demand for these skills will rise dramatically by 2030

Fast Company


Here’s further evidence that robots and automation aren’t going to replace workers. A new McKinsey Global Institute paper looked at 25 core workplace skills today and in the future for the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. The report found that there will be significant changes in what workers need to know in the coming decade.


Craig’s Connection:  This report is another forecast for the future of work that highlights technology skills and social-emotional skills as the clusters of highest future demand.  See the article here….


The Perils of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn to Back Off



Several studies document the elevated rates of drug and alcohol use by kids who grow up in privileged communities where incomes and expectations are high.

Children in high-achieving, relatively affluent communities are reporting higher levels of substance use than inner-city kids and levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms are also commensurate, if not greater.

Craig’s Connection:  Children carry their learned behaviors and coping mechanisms with them to college.  Coupled with the stressors of a life transition, greater independence, less structure, and many choices, it is no surprise that college counseling centers are challenged to provide care to students.  The article describes some things parents can do to help.



Transition of Care Guide

JED Foundation


If your child received treatment for a mental health condition while in high school or before, there are several things they can do to continue to stay healthy while transitioning to and attending college.


Craig’s Connection:  The first year of college is full of many transitions and typically is not a good time to make a shift in a mental or physical treatment protocol without supervision of a healthcare provider.  This guide is worth a look and although the focus is on mental health, the principles can be applied to other on-going medical conditions.  Download the guide here



College kids want to save the world, just don’t ask them to volunteer

Fast Company


More than three quarters of entering college students feel it’s their duty to help others in need.  But how much are they willing to commit? On average, just 26% of all university students typically volunteer—lower than the number among high schoolers.


Craig’s Connection:  Research shows that participating in community service enriches a student’s life on several fronts.  But serving others is many times an add-on to a busy student’s schedule.  When looking at colleges, check out service-learning programs that weave service into academic programs and help students make the connection between learning and contributing to the greater good.  Read the article here…



7 strategies to help prepare your child for the rapidly changing work world

Washington Post


As jobs disappear to automation, soft skills such as agility and inventiveness may predict ­success more than grades, scores or core knowledge.


Here are seven strategies that will help prepare your child for a rapidly changing work world.


Craig’s Connection:  The world of work is constantly changing and emerging adults need to be equipped with foundational “soft” skills and strong emotional intelligence to thrive.  Excellent suggestions for high school and college students are included in this article.



Students, Parents And Suicide: What's The Role Of The University?




When you send your kids off to college, you hope they’ll do well, and if they don’t, that someone from the school will let you know. But that’s not what happens. Federal education laws prevent many colleges from reaching out to parents when their children are in crisis. Student suicides at colleges across the country are raising questions about that practice.


Craig’s Connection: Depression and suicide are realities in our society and on college campuses.  This On Point broadcast includes a legal expert in higher education and a college counseling center director discussing the complex role of colleges partnering with students and parents in this arena.  Listen to the episode here…



The Permanent Detour: Underemployment’s Long-term Effects on the Careers of College Graduates


Burning Glass Technologies


College graduates who start out underemployed are likely to stay that way for years, and women are more likely to be underemployed than men—a slow start that has long-term implications for the gender pay gap.


Craig’s Connection:  The impact of being underemployed in a college graduate’s first job is explored in this report.  The findings reinforce the importance of choosing a college with a strong career services operation that has a track record for helping students launch their career in a position that matches their education and experience.  See the findings here…



Three Takeaways From A Book-Length Federal Report on “The Condition of Education”

Chronicle of Higher Education


This report from the U.S. Department of Education covers the education life cycle from child-care expenses to employment outcomes and provides a useful reminder of the many ways in which the higher-education landscape differs from popular perceptions of it.


Craig’s Connection:  The three takeaways are contrary to some common views

of higher education held by the general public.  The data show that most colleges accept a majority of their applicants, students cluster in a handful of majors, and enrollment and degree attainment have risen.  Check out the article here…



Starting the Conversation: College and Your Student’s Mental Health  

NAMI & the JED Foundation



Developed in partnership by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the JED Foundation, this guide provides students and parents with important information about mental health during the college years and proactive steps parents can take to support their child.


Craig’s Connection:  For students headed off to college in August, summer is a good time for families to have conversations about inevitable challenges beyond the college classroom.  This guide is a resource that will jumpstart the conversation. Download the publication here.



The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, and Lifetime Earnings

Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University


A college degree pays off–but by just how much? In The College Payoff, the worth of a college degree is examined in addition to other factors that might influence an individual’s potential earnings. This report examines lifetime earnings for all education levels and earnings by occupation, age, race/ethnicity, and gender. The data are clear: a college degree is key to economic opportunity, conferring substantially higher earnings on those with credentials than those without.


Craig’s Connection: Hearing a lot about the cost of college, some high school students and their parents are exploring postsecondary education alternatives.  This research provides additional data to consider in the college decision-making process.  Access the report here…


Tailored Support for a Moving Target: Career Preparation and the College Journey



Today’s educators are tasked with preparing students for jobs that are still emerging and evolving. In the absence of a predictable career path, will adaptability and flexibility become the most valuable career competencies? The article shares five insights that offer a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities institutions face when embracing a culture of career-forward student support.


Craig’s Connection:  This article is geared toward college administrators and contains valuable information for parents and students about what to look for in a college’s career services operation.  Read the article here…



ACT Announces Upcoming Changes to Extended Time Test Administration




ACT is making this change to improve fairness for all examinees, to make ACT’s administration procedures more consistent with industry standards and to address issues raised in feedback from examinees and test administrators. 


Craig’s Connection:  Make sure to check out if your child qualifies before registering for the test. Read the release here…



Yes, College Is ‘Worth It,’ One Researcher Says. It’s Just Worth More if You’re Rich.

Chronicle of Higher Education


The question “Is college worth it?” is a favorite of op-ed writers. Its latest iteration, published recently in The New York Times, argues firmly that it’s not.


In that op-ed, the author contends that college is not as effective a catapult for social mobility as students, families, and policy makers think, especially where low-income students are concerned.

But the researchers behind a paper cited in the column say their findings were mischaracterized.


Craig’s Connection: The ROI of college is clear but the gap between graduates from low and high-income families persists and expectations need to be calibrated accordingly.  Read the article here…


You Should Plan on Switching Jobs Every Three Years for the Rest of Your Life

Fast Company


Changing jobs every couple of years used to look bad on a resume. It told recruiters you can’t hold down a job, can’t get along with colleagues, or that you’re simply disloyal and can’t commit.


That stigma is fast becoming antiquated—especially as millennials rise in the workplace with expectations to continuously learn, develop, and advance in their careers.


Craig’s Connection:  It is important to develop the vocational and life skills in college to prepare for the inevitable career changes that this generation of workers will experience.  Read the article here…



Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

The Conversation


When it comes to choosing a college, it’s important to think about much more than whether the college is close to home or how much it costs to attend. If the overall academic ability of the student body is not taken into consideration, students may end up going to a college where they are more likely to end up feeling down.


Craig’s Connection:  When looking for colleges, explore institutional data for the entering class of students to better understand where your child stands in the mix.  Read the article….



Five Rules of the College and Career Game

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce 


As postsecondary education and training have become the most well-traveled pathway to middle-class earnings, students, their families, and educators need to learn five rules of the college and career game. And sometimes those rules are contradictory.


Craig’s Connection: This report includes a good interactive tool to explore future earnings by college major.  Consider these findings: more education is usually better but less education can be worth more. Majors matter more than institutional choice but majors do not control one’s destiny.  Intrigued?  Check out the full report here…



One college finally designed a liberal arts education fit for the future of work

Quartz Media


Clayton Spencer, the President of Bates College says that “’work’ is not something that is ‘out there’ in the ‘real world’ waiting for you, while you’re ‘in here’ for the next four years ‘doing college’.  Work is fundamental to who you are and who you will become.” 


Craig’s Connection:  This profile piece on purposeful work at Bates College articulates the integration of work and life and what liberal arts colleges can do to help students make that connection.  Read the article here…



Embattled colleges focus on an obvious fix:  helping students graduate on time

Hechinger Report


In addition to time, delays in college completion cost money, raising the cost of tuition even higher than the mounting sums many families already expect to pay.


Concerns about students coupled with financial and political realities are forcing colleges and universities to focus on timely degree completion in new and aggressive ways.


Craig’s Connection:  The article makes the case for an integrated multi-faceted approach to helping students graduate on time.  It is about clear pathways, good advising, and access to resources- all things to look for when searching for colleges.  Read the article here…



Hospitals See Growing Numbers of Kids and Teens At Risk for Suicide



The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published in the journal, Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.  The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents.


Craig’s Connection:  The numbers are up and the most at risk group include high school and early college students.  The article explores some causes and suggests the importance of parents talking with their children about this issue.  Read the article here…    









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