Launches Admissions.com to Help Students Get into the School that's
Right for Them - Admissions.com provides unbiased research
and expert advice from educational leaders to aide prospective
college students in selecting the right college.
College Applicants, Beware:
Your Facebook Page Is Showing - High-school seniors already
fretting about grades and test scores now have another worry: Will
their Facebook or MySpace pages count against them in college
Living with Autism in College - Many students with Asperger's
Syndrome or other autism-like disorders face new challenges in a
college setting. The syndrome hampers communication and social
skills, so along with difficulties staying on top of their studies,
these students may struggle with making friends and living more
independently. They also may be more reluctant to ask for help. It's
a problem colleges and universities are "very aware" of as the first
big wave of children with diagnosed autism-related disorders moves
beyond high school.
College Prep Starts Early - A new initiative, Michigan GEAR UP,
Gaining Early Awareness Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, will
help educate 13,627 students in 38 districts and 77 schools throughout
the state about paying for, getting into and staying in college. Over
a six-year period, organizers hope students will learn enough about
test preparation, financial aid and potential careers to boost the
number of students from low-income neighborhoods who are prepared to
succeed in post-secondary education.
Ivies - The nation's elite colleges these days include more
than Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Why? It's the tough competition for
all the top students. That means a range of schools are getting fresh
and the Disabled Student - Students
with disabilities, over all, are less than half as likely as their
peers to have attended college in the two years after high school, but
the college-going rate varies greatly by type of disability.
U.S. Department of Education Pamphlet:
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know
Your Rights and Responsibilities - This document provides
information on the rights and responsibilities of students with
disabilities who plan to attend a postsecondary institution. This
pamphlet also explains the obligations of postsecondary schools to
provide academic adjustments to ensure that they do not discriminate
on the basis of disability. Copies can be ordered by calling (877)
4-EDPUBS or on-line ordering at
Opportunities Available to Students with Disabilities
- By anyone's measure, Bridget Brown has had a successful
high school career. At Hinsdale South, she was on the speech team,
snagged roles in two plays and never missed a dance.
Now, like so many of her peers, she is focused on continuing
her education. But unlike them, she was born with Down syndrome.
Center Targets Tech-savvy Students -
Minnesota State University officials have hit upon a creative way to
get students to exercise: They've outfitted the exercise equipment on
their Mankato campus with computers and internet access. Now, students
can check their eMail, surf the web, watch TV, or even do their
homework while they work out.
Landmark College Gets
Grant to Help Disabled - Landmark
College, which focuses on students with learning disabilities, has
received a $1 million grant to develop a curriculum for those students
that can be used at colleges around the country. The U.S. Department
of Education grant will enable Landmark to join with five community
colleges across the country, including the Community College of
Vermont, to work on the three-year project.
Exam Results Question Readiness for College -
Test scores from the nation's two college admissions tests,
the ACT and SAT, show that high school students entering the Class of
2009 are not academically prepared for college. Three education
experts discuss the results and the future of higher education.
College Launches Nation's First Degree
Program for Students With a Developmental Disability
- Bellevue Community College (BCC) in Washington State has
launched the nation's first higher education degree program for
developmentally disabled students. With an expanded curriculum of 52
separate courses, the college's Venture program now offers a 90-credit
Associate in Essential Studies degree through which high-functioning
individuals with learning, cognitive and intellectual disabilities can
demonstrate mastery of an established body of knowledge and gain the
skills for lifetime success. Potential students and their families
wishing more information may visit the program's website at
Spectrum Disorders and Choosing College Courses - Are you
helping a student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder prepare for their
freshman year of college?
TestMasters offers comprehensive 76-hour SAT
courses taught by expert instructors who have scored in the 99th
percentile on the actual SAT. Additional information, including class
locations, schedules and course enrollment forms, is available at
Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go
to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin
to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of
postsecondary education. This website will provide information and
links to anyone interested in finding out more about the
possibilities. [New site under development to list available college
programs for youth with disabilities transitioning to college. At this
point, while colleges are listed, explanations of the programs offered
are brief or non-existent so you will have to do some research on your
Juvenile Law Center Leads
Amicus Effort for Foster Youth in College -
The Juvenile Law Center has taken the lead in advocating for
state support for foster care youth enrolled in college by drafting an
amicus brief to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. The brief is on
behalf of S.J., a college student petitioning for the legal right to
remain in the foster care system while she earns her degree. KidsVoice,
a child advocacy organization based in Pittsburgh, represents S.J.
FinAid - A
comprehensive annotated collection of information about student
financial aid on the web.
Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
- This annual resource paper is a comprehensive guide to
financial aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and
Florida's McKay Scholarship Program - Seeks
to seeks to provide financial aid to families who are seeking
either public or private school placements for a child with a
National Cristina Foundation - Provides
computer technology and solutions to give people with
disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged
persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more
independent and productive lives.
No Word Yet From Yale? Web Site May Know Why - At the Web site
www.ThickEnvelope.com, anxious students and parents can gauge
their likelihood of getting admission into 80 of the nation's most
competitive universities. (You must register (free) with New York
Times online to read this article.)
New List of Over 700 Colleges
that Deemphasize the SAT and ACT in Admissions: A list of more than
700 accredited, bachelor degree-granting institutions which do not use
the SAT I or ACT to make admissions decisions about substantial
numbers of freshman applicants is posted on the web at
http://www.fairtest.org/optinit.htm in both state-by-state and
alphabetical order. Printed copies may be obtained by sending a
stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to FairTest, 342
Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139. For further information contact Bob
Schaeffer (239) 395-6773 or
and the Meningitis Threat - Candie
Benn was entertaining guests for Christmas Eve dinner. But her older
daughter Melanie, then 18 and a college freshman home for the
holidays, wasn't feeling well. So Melanie headed up to her room to
rest and recover from her flu-like symptoms. Every year, about 3,000
cases of meningococcal disease occur in the United States, according
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall
fatality rate is about 10 percent, but it's sometimes higher in young
Kansas City, Missouri
Colleges Call for Vaccinations -
Health officials are hoping college students will add one more thing
to their back-to-school list: a meningitis vaccination.
DeGrow on Higher Ed Commission - Sitting in the first meeting
of the Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, Dan DeGrow
might have been wondering what side he should be on, that is to say if
there are any sides to be drawn in the battle to double the number of
college graduates in the next decade and keep them in the state.
University Tailors a Program
for Autistic Students - Andrew Reinhardt is an 18-year-old
college freshman who aspires to study math and physics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, yet his mother is afraid to let
him cross a busy street by himself. Her fear is justified. Although
Reinhardt is academically ready for college - he scored a 27 on the
ACT and had a combined SAT score of 1140 - Asperger's Syndrome makes
it difficult for him to cope with daily life.
Craving a Taste of Their Heritage -
Black students attending historically white institutions are finding a
sense of belonging through an exchange program at Howard University.
Education: Is It a Reality? - People with developmental
disabilities and higher education just don't mix. At least that's what
most people have assumed-until recently. Now the word is out about
several programs that make post-secondary education a reality for
people with developmental disabilities.
Special University Helps Students With Disabilities
- As a high school student and college freshman in Houston,
Raemi Brajenovich struggled with academics, hampered by lifelong
learning disabilities that impair her reading and, even more, her
Takes Different Path to University -
Social worker Janice Fialka warns that a child's high school
graduation can be bittersweet, but especially so for the parents of
developmentally disabled children. Fialka should know: Her son,
19-year-old Micah Fialka-Feldman, is a special education student. As
his graduation drew near last year, it felt more like a dead end than
an open road.
The Internet: A Free, Public Education?
- There's a lot you can learn free on the Internet–if you
know where to look.
Best Values in Public Colleges -
Between registering for classes, making new friends, navigating an
unfamiliar campus and, oh, yes, studying, new college students have
plenty of worries. The prospect of graduating with a crushing debt
shouldn't be one of them. View the
list of public institutions that give
students the most bang for your buck,
according to Kiplinger. Plus, expand
your search for college values online.
Brings Security to University of Illinois
Students - Beckwith Hall might seem
like any other residence hall on campus from the outside — some
students type away in the computer lab while others hang out in each
other's rooms laughing and talking.
Financial Aid for
Students with Disabilities, 2003 Edition - HEATH's annual
revision of this popular resource guide is now available. The 2003
edition contains completely updated and revised information to help
individuals with disabilities to seek and obtain financial assistance
for postsecondary education. The guide describes federal financial aid
programs, state vocational rehabilitation services, and regional and
local sources. A listing of nationally awarded grants and a
pre-college checklist to organize the search for funds complete the
Online Learning a
Virtual Revolution - Taking classes
on the Internet is the fastest-growing segment of higher education.
A Smart and Inexpensive Way to Earn College Credit - Program Is
Popular with Adult Learners Returning to the Classroom.
Understanding University Success contains the results of a
two-year study to determine the knowledge and skills necessary for
university success. The 80-page booklet addresses each discipline
(English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, second
languages and the arts) in a separate chapter that describes the
skills, behaviors and attitudes expected of incoming students and
lists the content knowledge that helps maximize the probability of
success in entry-level university courses.
Big market for tutoring -
Popularity of learning centers climbs with test scores.
Read the article
from UPWD "College
Students with Disabilities Graduate at the Same Rate as Their
Don't take it out on the students - A community
college teacher writes the governor.
Education Trust Announces New
Scholarship Program Wanes -
A program created in 2000 to
help low-income students earn two-year associate degrees from
community colleges is going largely unused because its
qualification requirements have made far fewer students eligible
than supporters anticipated.
Department of Education
Publication for Students with
Virtual Degrees Virtually Tough - Roberto Lee's typical weekday
starts at 3 a.m., when he fires up his computer in Wytheville,
Virginia, and logs on to a law school in Los Angeles, 2,400 miles
Read the article "More parents pay for college guidance"
- Educational consultants assist families in the