College is no longer considered merely an optional choice. A college education often means the difference between a satisfying career and a job. A college degree also translates to higher earnings and better benefits than does a high school diploma.
According to statistics released by the Pew Research Center in February of 2014, people aged 25 to 32 with a bachelor’s degree earned $17,500 more than those with just high school diplomas. Clearly, the value of a college education cannot be denied.
How to Start
Planning for college begins in elementary school. A child’s thoughts and feelings about learning are molded from kindergarten on. Parents and teachers need to foster an environment where learning is fun, but also challenging. Building reading skills and instilling a love of the written word is essential for academic success later on. Parents
need to be heavily involved in their children’s educations by encouraging strong study habits at an early age, working closely with teachers and actively addressing issues that arise. What happens in elementary school can set the tone for the rest of the child’s academic life.
The Middle School Strategy
As children get older and enter middle school, they begin to take more control over their educational choices. Taking challenging courses now prepares students to do well in high school and college. Parents, students and counselors should work together to develop a curriculum that both fits and challenges the student. Students should strive to do their best in school and on standardized tests. Middle school is a great time for students to begin exploring and expanding their interests by becoming involved in extracurricular special interest and charitable activities, both in school and within the community.
Everyone grew up hearing the mantra “knowledge is power” and it is true. Unfortunately, over the years, there are school systems that have failed its faculty with limited to no resources, and more importantly the students.
Mounds Park Academy an accredited (and member) of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States has continuously maintained high standards and quality of education for their students since 1982. Mounds Park Academy is also recognized as an Independent/non-denominational/non-profit. Grade levels expand from Pre-Kindergarten all the way to 12th grade. Essentially, this allows the students to literally grow up, and evolve physically, mentally, and educationally in one stable/consistent environment. Block scheduling begins in the 5th grade in order to reduce outside interruptions, and a more innate level of intellectual concentration.
Enrollment is maintained at exactly 485 students in one building averaging around 17 students per class. What makes this academy astounding is the statistics of having 100% admittance to 4-year colleges and universities. There are admission requirements, and financial tuition obligations which can be found directly on the website including more in-depth details. This setup not only ensures the students a successful post-college school career, it prepares them, and their parents for college lifestyle and standards early on.
In the United States, there are over 7,021 colleges and universities.A “college” in the US formally denotes a constituent part of a university, but in popular usage, the word “college” is the generic term for any post-secondary undergraduate education. Americans “go to college” after high school, regardless of whether the specific institution is formally a college or a university. Some students choose to dual-enroll, by taking college classes while still in high school. The word and its derivatives are the standard terms used to describe the institutions and experiences associated with American post-secondary undergraduate education.
Paying for College Education in USA
Students must pay for college before taking classes. Some borrow the money via loans, and some students fund their educations with cash, scholarships, or grants, or some combination of any two or more of those payment methods. In 2011, the state or federal government subsidized $8,000 to $100,000 for each undergraduate degree. For state-owned schools (called “public” universities), the subsidy was given to the college, with the student benefiting from lower tuition. The state subsidized on average 50% of public university tuition.
Academic performance is important as students prepare for college, but so is paying for it. The earlier parents begin saving for their children’s higher education, the more financially prepared they’ll be. There are a variety of ways to begin saving and investing in a child’s future, including stocks, mutual funds and 529 savings plans. The 529 savings plans have no income or age limitations and offer significant tax breaks.
Grants and scholarships are available as students reach the college level and help bridge the gap between savings and actual cost. Many students qualify for student loans as well.
You’ve been working and preparing for this day for so long that you probably thought it was never going to come. Now that it is here, you almost dread it ending. The staff at the Spartanburg Day School has the following recommendations:
- Relax! This is certainly easier said than done but while your child is not going to want to admit it, they are nervous. If you show anxiety or anything like it, they will pick up on it.
- Get all your dorm supplies in advance. Moving anywhere, at anytime in our lives is stressful and this is no exception. Many stores have sections devoted to the dorm room so get as much as possible done before. Order your stuff online.
- Be supportive, not opinionated. This is not the time for last minute advice or fighting between you and your child or you and your former spouse. This should be an exciting, not dramatic day.
- Don’t be surprised by your child’s reaction to your leaving. They may want to have dinner with their friends or with you, be flexible about this. Don’t take any decision they make personally, it’s not about you.
You’ve done your best to get your child ready to get into college and they’ve made it this far. Try to enjoy the day and relish all you have accomplished. Now you just have to get through the next four years.
Many experts predict that by 2025 the United States will suffer from a physician shortage of 130,600. This statistic, from a supply-and-demand study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is not only concerned with patient care resources nationwide but also resources at the state level. Wisconsin, a state that currently graduates 400 new physicians each year from its medical schools, is one area that is at risk for a physician shortage in the long term. In an attempt to offset the projected outlook of Wisconsin experiencing a 2,000-physician shortfall by 2030, the Medical College of Wisconsin is introducing a new program designed to get students on the fast track to graduating and beginning their healthcare careers.
New Medical College of Wisconsin
The technology-heavy program is hosted at a new medical campus within the Science Center at St. Norbert College. Supplementing the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Green Bay and Milwaukee campuses, the new 5,500-square foot campus features expanded classroom space, wall-to-wall televisions with high-definition capability, multi-directional teleconferencing devices and top-quality cameras. Aspiring physicians complete their general and specialized coursework while using this state- of-the-art technology, which enables faster completion of degree requirements and a smooth, efficient transition into practical training at patients’ bedsides.
Strong study habits and class involvement have never been more important than they are in high school. Students should ask questions if something is unclear, keep up with assignments and get help when needed so they don’t fall behind. College admission boards look beyond grades and test scores when making admission decisions.
Volunteering with charitable organizations and engaging in school-sponsored activities is viewed as a plus. Personal Facebook and other social media networks are subject to review by admission officials. Students and their parents should ensure that online information is suitable for viewing by admission officers.
High school is also when students take one or both of the standardized college readiness entrance exams. Most colleges require a minimum ACT or SAT score, but the higher the score the greater the chance for college admission and more choices when it comes to scholarship and grant availability. Many students choose to take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior. The junior test score highlights areas that need work and gives students the opportunity to take supplemental courses and score higher the second time.
By the time students enter high school, they have a pretty good idea about where they want to go academically. Before signing up for high school classes, students and parents should research potential college choices and learn about the minimum admittance requirements. Requirements vary and some majors require additional course work before admittance.
ACT, Inc., the administrators of one of the two major college readiness standardized tests, recommends a basic program of four years of English, three years of Science, including Biology, Physics and Chemistry, three years of math, including Algebra I and II and Geometry, and three years of social studies, with added coursework depending on the expected major. The College Board, administrator of the SAT, the other major college readiness test, suggests that students take a basic program of English every year, three years of math, three years of science, two and a half years of social studies and two years of a foreign language.
Parents and students should meet with high school guidance counselors. Counselors are experts at planning a basic college prep program for each child and augmenting it with valuable supplemental course work.