Research + News | Topic: Admissions

Why So Busy? Our Flawed College System Takes Toll On Families Years Before Tuition Is Due

Families jam their schedules and fret over finances to prepare their kids for college. But all this craziness comes at a cost to parents and children. Read the article here.

Doing It For The College Resume – Not a Great Idea

It’s great for teens to get involved in their communities. But in addition to excelling in school, many feel pressure to overload their schedules with extracurriculars in hopes of improving the odds they’ll be admitted to the college of their choice. Read the article here.

College Board CEO: How Religious Education Helps Us Rethink The College Admissions Race

The “soulcraft” found in faith-based learning is just what higher ed needs right now. Read the article here.

Oldest Students In Class Most Likely To Attend College

The study found that those who were almost a year older for their grade were more likely to enroll in college (58 percent) than those who were almost a year younger for their grade (52 percent). Read the article here.

It’s Time To Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College

You don’t need to go to a highly selective college to have a successful and fulfilling life. Read the article here.

How Is Digital Text Affecting Student Comprehension?

Researchers found that digital reading was faster but less effective as a tool for helping students process and learn information. Read more from the Growing Leaders’ blog post here.

Help Teens Balance Jobs, College Apps During The Holidays

Parents can help high school seniors set boundaries with employers during the holidays so students have time for college applications. Read the article here.

Why Aren’t Students Showing Up For College?

According to research from Harvard, between 10% and 40% of the kids who intend to go to college at the time of high school graduation don’t actually show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon “summer melt,” and it has long been a puzzling problem. Listen to the story on NPR here.

Why so many college students are lousy at writing — and how Mr. Miyagi can help

There are a lot of students who enter college as lousy writers — and who graduate without seeming to make much, if any, improvement. It is true in the arts as well as the sciences, anecdotally evidenced by some of the blog post submissions I get from a wide range of people whose jobs would suggest they can communicate well in writing but, as it turns out, not so much. Read the full article here.

A Good Night’s Sleep A Better Alternative To Teen Nap Clubs

A look at lack of sleep, teen naps clubs, and the pressures high schoolers face, especially the pressure of getting accepted to college. Read the article here.