Ted Talk tackles the “checkbox childhood”

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I recently came upon a thought provoking Ted Talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University. Her talk, “How to raise successful kids– without over-parenting” made me reflect on behaviors I see in undergraduate and graduate admissions, as well as my own upbringing. The video has over 2 million views at this posting, so clearly I … Read More

More cities plan for free community college

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I’ve been seeing more and more announcements of cities creating free community college plans for their residents. Whether a high school student is looking at a vocational program, or someone is changing careers and in need of a new skill set, I think investing in community college access is a wonderful step. Detroit is planning for free community college starting … Read More

Houghton College offers free 2-year program for refugee and immigrant students in Buffalo

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http://wivb.com/2016/11/15/houghton-college-offers-free-2-year-program-for-refugee-and-immigrant-students-in-buffalo/amp/ I lived in Buffalo for a brief period, and attended high school there, so I occasionally check in on the local news there. Reading this story about a small college creating opportunities for refugee and immigrant students reminded me that there truly is a place for everyone in this country. Education at any level is such an important part … Read More