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Make the most out of your College Campus Tour

Taking a college campus tour is the best way to weed through the marketing materials and really get a feel for the campus atmosphere, the students, environment, and location of the colleges that you are considering. By visiting, you can quickly figure out how comfortable you are on campus and begin to understand how the amenities suit you.  Learn more about taking a college tour from our friends at

This guide helps you maximize your time on college campus tours by offering tips and advice on:

  • Planning Ahead
  • What To Do Once You Arrive
  • Visiting Colleges from a Parent’s Point of View
  • What To Do When You Can’t Visit
  • Acing the College Interview
Making the most of your college campus tour

Making the most of your college campus tour

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Ashworth College has expanded its partnership with Education for Advancement (EFA). As part of the relationship, Ashworth College will be funding more than 20 one-year online college degree scholarships for residents of 18 Caribbean countries that are currently serviced by EFA.

Ashworth and EFA have delivered career-relevant online degree programs to the Caribbean since 2007. The partnership provides students with an accredited, online learning model as well as a physical presence in key Caribbean markets. The latter affords students the added advantage of engaging in local inductions, study groups, workshops and faculty visits.

Gary Keisling, Ashworth College Chairman and CEO said, “With EFA, Ashworth has the opportunity to expand its Caribbean footprint by offering more residents an affordable, quality, online education. In addition to our Associate degree programs, we also offer a range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs that are relevant to the major industries in this area, such as banking, finance, construction management and tourism.”

Caribbean residents have the opportunity to apply for one-year scholarships in one of Ashworth College’s Associate or Bachelor’s Degree programs during the 2010-2011 academic year. The scholarships have a combined value of $50,000. Scholarship recipients will have access to Ashworth College’s entire catalog of self-paced degree courses which include business, accounting, finance, early childhood education, construction management and criminal justice.

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Ben Stein, a contributor for CBS Sunday Morning talks about Accepting Your College Placement.

Some people never get over not being accepted to the college of their dreams.

“As far as I can tell, the men and women who have achieved the most in life in terms of getting to do what they wanted, live a comfortable life, and get recognition for it, did so pretty much without regard to where they went to college,” says Stein.

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30 all-time graduation speakersMay is graduation month – where students receive their college diplomas and listen to respected members of the community give commencement speeches.

Here are the 30 All Time Graduation Speakers, according to The Daily Beast:

1. Bill Cosby: comedian, author, activist

2. Bill Clinton: 42nd President of the United States

3. Marian Wright Edleman: President & Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund

4. Madeleine Albright: Former Secretary of State, professor

5. Elizabeth Dole: Former U.S. Senator, Cabinet secretary, Red Cross Director

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study tips for adult learnersGoing back to school after being away from the classroom for awhile may be frustrating at first. Don’t be scared of starting your education later on in life, or picking it up where you left off. Balancing priorities, your family, and the course material may be a challenge – so here are some helpful study tips that will help as you make the best of your study time.

  1. Set aside time to study. Get a planner where you can write down when you will be working, when your classes are, when you have tests or school activities, or any other events that may pop up. This will be helpful because you can determine certain times to dedicate to studying. If possible, try and study during the same time each day, so that you can force yourself to get into a routine of doing so. If you are an adult learner, it is important to make sure your friends and family know your schedule and respect that you need time to focus on school. You’ve decided to improve your life by going back to school so be sure to keep others in the loop on your progress and success, and they should be able to understand your need for uninterrupted study time. When studying it is better to have a series of shorter study sessions distributed over several days than to have fewer but longer sessions.
  2. Put it in your own words. There is a difference between memorizing and actually absorbing course material. Don’t just memorize the information and move on – you should be able to explain the main ideas and concepts of what you are studying in your own words. By putting the material in a context that you understand, you will have an easier time recalling it when you are taking a test or applying it in the real world.
  3. Don’t try to learn it all. Select a reasonable chunk of material to study. Make a list or outline of the material that is likely to be on the exam and prioritize these subjects based on how important they are and how much more you need to learn about them. Spend the majority of your time familiarizing yourself with the subjects you are less confident about, and do it at the beginning of your study session when you have more energy and are ready to dive in.
  4. Dress uncomfortably and sit at a desk. If you dress comfortably and try to study on a couch, you are apt to be interrupted more easily, be less focused, and therefore be less productive. You should sit upright at a desk and avoid dressing casually so that you can remain awake and attentive.
  5. Chew gum. An informal study done by a Cornell University marketing professor has shown that chewing gum offers improved memory and concentration which may improve your test-taking abilities. Chewing gum may also help relieve some of the stress of studying and taking tests, and help you stay awake.
  6. Seek support. Check with the other students in the class to get their perspectives on what important information will be on the exam. Suggest a group session where you share study guides and talk about the material out loud. Verbalizing the information is the key to storing the material in your long-term memory

Going back to school can be intimidating, especially if you are an adult learner. Don’t take on more than you can manage, and prepare yourself as much as possible!

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What do computer scientists, information systems managers, and chemical engineers have in common?

They are three of the top ten college majors with the highest starting salaries for graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Engineering majors dominated this year’s list of top-paid bachelor’s degrees, holding eight of the ten spots. Petroleum engineers, who research and develop technology and methods to extract oil and gas from the earth, earn the highest starting salary – more than $86,000, which is one-and-a-half times the average starting salary reported for bachelor’s degree graduates in general. Here’s the list:

  1. Petroleum Engineering – $86,220
  2. Chemical Engineering – $65,142
  3. Mining & Mineral Engineering – $64,552
  4. Computer Science – $61,205
  5. Computer Engineering – $60,879
  6. Electrical & Communications Engineering – $59,074
  7. Mechanical Engineering – $58,392
  8. Industrial Engineering – $57,734
  9. Aeronautical Engineering – $57,231
  10. Information Sciences – $54,038

What does it take to get one of these high-paying jobs?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most entry-level engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree, but some research positions may require a graduate degree. Continuing education is critical for engineers that want to keep up with improvements in technology. The bad news is that, if you aspire to see $86,000 in your first year salary, you’ll likely guarantee yourself some level of debt from your college tuition. The good news is that grads with degrees in these technical fields will benefit from their relatively low supply and should be able to manage the monthly student loan repayments.

What are some alternatives?engineering_salary

If you’d like to get your foot in an engineering position but can’t commit to a full-time four-year bachelor’s degree program, many technical colleges offer 2-year or 4-year degree engineering technology programs. These programs, which usually include hands-on labs that focus on the application of engineering principles, prepare students for practical design and production work, not necessarily theoretical and scientific knowledge. For engineering graduates of 4-year technology programs, job options are similar to those obtained by graduates with a bachelor’s degree, though you will not be qualified to register as a professional engineer under the same terms as graduates with degrees in engineering.

Salary ranges for engineering technicians range from $30,000 to $80,000, so while you may not make $86,000 in your first year, you could still realize a healthy salary range throughout your career. For more information about engineering salaries and the education you need to get your foot in the door, visit Science, Math & Engineering.

The U.S Department of Education says that as part of its plan to increase enforcement of civil rights laws, it will be sending out letters in the coming weeks to thousands of colleges and school districts, which will outline their responsibilities to provide equal opportunities for students. The letters will touch upon areas of civil rights concern including possible racial discrimination in student assignments and admissions, and in access to resources which includes having qualified teachers.42-16975908

Another part of the civil rights effort will have the Department of Education open compliance reviews in school districts nationwide, to investigate if students of both sexes and all races are allowed equal access to advanced placement courses, as well as college preparatory materials and classes. Similar investigations will also take place at colleges.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in Alabama on Monday to explain the department’s goals, and to commemorate the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” where in 1965, hundreds of civil rights protesters were beaten by Alabama State Troopers during a march. Duncan said that the department’s Office for Civil Rights “has not been as vigilant as it should have been in combating gender and racial discrimination and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.” For example, department officials said that white high school graduates are more than twice as likely to have taken advanced placement calculus classes as black or Latino graduates.

Hopefully these civil rights efforts from the Department of Education will allow students of all genders, races, and economical backgrounds to have a fair opportunity at receiving an education – at the high school and college level.

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