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Motherly Advice

One college president's vision for guiding her son through the college selection process.

Accounting for Outcomes

Colleges can close the student achievement gap by focusing on defining problems.

The California Commu-nity Colleges system is vast: 112 colleges and 50-plus centers serving about 2.5 million students annually. There are many exemplary programs and educational practices, and a virtual renaissance is taking place in our colleges' physical plants as communities and the state invest nearly $17 billion in rebuilding.

An Open Letter on Transition

An enrollment manager moves on, while looking back.

Recently I went through a professional transition, leaving a job and a staff I loved to assume greater responsibility and new opportunities. While I was enthusiastic to accept a new challenge, I was proud to have been a part of a great admissions team at a great institution.

Tests and Challenges in Mentoring Relationships

In times of crisis, having a trusted go-to mentor can help put a situation in perspective.

What would you do if you knew that following your own convictions could result in a barrage of bad press, possible loss of your hard-earned career, and even death threats?

How to Look at Community Colleges

A legislator's response to those who say these schools are taking too long to educate students.

Recently, criticism has been lodged against community colleges for taking longer than three years to graduate some of their students. In neighboring Massachusetts, for example, where only 16.4 percent of community college students graduate within three years, shock waves have found their way into The Boston Globe, where misguided critics alleged that community colleges are taking too long to do their job.

More than a Numbers Game

Don't just give students basic chunks of knowledge. They need greater motivation.

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The Problem with Standardized Assessment

By now we've all heard that the Commission on the Future of Higher Education may recommend standardized tests as a way to compare and rank institutions. Such tests would likely attempt to measure general reasoning and communication skills. The commission's intention is undoubtedly good, but can such an endeavor be successful?

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Extreme Makeover: Siena Heights Edition

As director of the Career Center at Siena Heights University (Mich.), Melissa Growden does not help students write r?sum?s or search for jobs. Her job is much more important.

The New Snake-Oil Industry

Private college admissions consultants must join with college admissions counselors and others to help families.

Safe and Secure

Why secure electronic transcript delivery will become the norm.

We live in an on-demand, instant gratification society, and the old ways of doing business--paper, faxes, and even the overnight delivery of documents--no longer suffice. They're slow, expensive, and don't meet the delivery expectations of many customers. Universities are feeling this pinch as much as any other business. Paper is also difficult to secure and is too easily counterfeited.