Category Archives: College Readiness

Report: Balancing Work and Learning is a Struggle for Low-Income Students

Nearly 70 percent of college students work while enrolled in school, but the types of jobs they hold and the hours they work vary based on their socioeconomic status, according to a recent report from Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW).

“When they choose to work…higher-income students have access to the best jobs and work experience, such as internships and assistantships,” according to a CEW press release. “Low-income students are more likely than higher-income students to work in food service, sales, and administrative support jobs while enrolled. Work experience in these jobs provides basic life skills like conscientiousness and teamwork, but does not provide the deeper technical and general skills that foreshadow good career entry-level jobs.”

And in many cases, the demands of these positions exacerbate the challenges students face in the classroom.

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#NACACreads Author Offers College Prep Tips for Parents, Students

Students across the country are now back in school, and for many families, conversations about life after high school are just beginning.

#NACACreads author Ned Johnson has some advice for parents as they help guide their children through the college search and selection process. Johnson and William Stixrud, who together penned The Self-Driven Child, shared tips in a recent article published by U.S. News & World Report.

One takeaway for moms and dads: Resist the urge to micromanage.

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#NACACreads Author: ‘Learning Comes Through Trial and Error’

All parents are eager to help set up their children for success, but in too many cases, they’re going about it in the wrong way.

That’s one message included in the new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. And increasingly, the trend is impacting the way students embark on the college search and selection process, author Ned Johnson noted during a Wednesday #NACACreads Twitter chat.

“One of the best things to say to kids is that we have confidence in their decisions,” he tweeted. “Learning comes through trial and error.”

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#NACACreads: Transcript from Chat with Author Ned Johnson

On Sept. 12, #NACACreads chatted with Ned Johnson, a NACAC member and one of two authors behind The Self-Driven Child — a new book that takes a look at strategies to help your students develop the inner drive they’ll need to succeed in life after high school.

Couldn’t make the discussion? Use this chat transcript to catch up on what you missed.

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#NACACreads: Join Us Wednesday for a Discussion of ‘The Self-Driven Child’

Our next #NACACreads discussion is almost here.

On Wednesday, we’ll chat with author Ned Johnson about the sense and science of giving kids more control over their lives.

Johnson, a NACAC member, is one of two authors behind The Self-Driven Child — a new book that takes a look at strategies to help your students develop the inner drive they’ll need to succeed in life after high school.

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Advocates Spread the Word About Afterschool Meal Program

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Have you heard about the federal government’s Afterschool Meal Program?

Advocates in Texas are trying to get more schools and community organizations in their state to participate in the initiative, which is available to qualifying schools across the nation. Experts say the program is under-used, despite its power to provide low-income students with a free meal at the end of every school day.

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Girl Scouts Introduce College Knowledge Badge

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The Girl Scouts have introduced their first badge dedicated to college exploration.

The College Knowledge Badge — launched in July —is for scouts in grades 11 and 12.

“By showing girls how to research the admission process, financial aid, and other key factors, our College Knowledge Badge meets a specific need and addresses the life skills girls have told us they’re interested in—and that many don’t find support for outside of Girl Scouts,” according to a recent post on the organization’s blog.

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