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  1. JanetC

    college financial advisor?

    Your house payment is not going to affect your financial aid -- a larger payment will not get you more aid and smaller payment will not get you less. For all schools, having a pot of cash will get you less aid. If you're refinancing to pay off debt and are not getting cash out, you would not see any change in financial aid. Paula Bishop keeps a good list of financial aid resources here:
  2. The phrase you may be looking for on college websites is "freshman early college credit" -- many private colleges we looked at were pretty generous at accepting transfer credits from transfer applicants, but much more stingy about what they accepted from freshmen.
  3. Citing is a basic college skill. I’d try to make a go of it. There are bibliography tools on the web where she could paste in an url and get a citation back. A last slide with image credits and a list of urls would be simpler.
  4. I think there are a couple concepts to talk about — “in the small” the Queen Bees and Waana Bees” concept is good. When exploring out into larger circles, the concept of privilege helps. So, the kid at school who gets away with things because their parent is on the school board and they inherit privilege. And then their peers clue in to this students power and form a clique around him/her to have that power rub off on them. And of course we can move out to privileges that you carry with you (or not) when out among relative strangers. An adult usually gets more respect than a child. If you seem to be of a certain race, religion, gender, level of wealth, level of education, and so forth, these things can be of benefit to you or not in your interactions in the world. In the workplace, a manager has power and privilege the rank and file do not. A teacher in a classroom, the pastor in a church, and so on. When “so and so” gets away with things: are they packing some sort of privilege or less obvious power that others lack?
  5. Also two in college -- My junior is doing well. Which is new. It seems like every break (winter and summer) we've been scrambling to "patch her up" and get her as well as we can before sending her back to the fray. This has been the least worrying break, ever. So very nice. My freshman is adapting to her big university better than expected. She's overthinking the classes she's registered for next term, but is signed up for some good ones, too. She's an hour away by city bus, so has been home a couple times during the term, and we went up to campus to see her in a performance as well. So, the "haven't seen you in forever" feeling isn't there. It's nice to have her home, though. We've taken a couple walks together and talked.
  6. JanetC

    SELF-reporting scores with applications?!!

    Self-reporting is often implemented in the counselor report -- so the school is reporting it but saving the student the test score fee. Some applications also have self-reported grades, where you only send your transcript after acceptance to confirm your self-reported grades were honest. Self-reported tests could be done along that fashion as well. I suspect that many students will be tempted to report "the score I'm going to get on my next retake" though.
  7. Agree with happysmileylady -- the more related the job is to his future plans, the more likely this is to be a benefit rather than a positive. DH worked full time through college -- on the one hand, it hurt his GPA and ability to participate in extracurricular activities. On the other hand, he worked first as a computer backup technician, working his way up to system administrator by senior year. He graduated with a lot of practical computer skills and a work-ethic that have served him well in the long run.
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    Thoughts on group projects

    They're looking for the future NASA workforce type people, so I'm guessing data analysts/stats/computer math, not theoretical math. There were some math people in the program, but I do not know if they were double-majors with something else. Best to ask the program manager directly if she's not sure she's a fit.
  9. JanetC

    Thoughts on group projects

    I’d bet it’s the nature of studies. The study designers probably trained the teachers in the technique that they wanted to test, so the group projects probably had a lot of best practices built in. Moreover, the teachers knew that they were in a study and their students would be tested for retention (it’s hard to do a “control” in these sorts of things). So, there was definite incentive to make sure the kids learned from their experience.
  10. JanetC

    Thoughts on group projects

    The virtual learning environment was through zoom meetings. (If you’re not familiar, their website is, plus email and file sharing sites. As I mentioned before, the group was required to do project tracking in Trello as well. They become familiar with several different tools. The general class time is listed on the application (her class met on Tuesday afternoons), and then each PDR team sets their own meetings for the team work. The class schedule runs on ASU’s academic calendar — so for my kiddo it started two weeks before her regular classes started and ends just before “dead week” (the study break before finals). One of her team members has it ending during her finals week. It really just depends on what his and his college’s schedules are like. The project is a ton of work, but they try their best to balance team members among the different majors (engineers/scientists/math people) and the class levels from freshmen to seniors in each group. They also built the teams with a little extra wiggle room. DD’s team started with 9 and ended with 7 as two dropped out.
  11. JanetC

    Thoughts on group projects

    So, my college-freshman daughter just finished probably the most amazing group project experience she’s had in her academic life so far. It’s a student team project for the NASA L’Space program. (Https:// One unique thing about this program versus any other class she’s done: The program taught project management alongside the technical curriculum. The students were expected to create project timelines, keep a running status board on Trello, and otherwise gain skills on how to work with each other well. They had multiple lectures on these things. The project itself was based on the NASA standards for a mission preliminary design review (PDR) so they were creating their project based on a well-established, highly-structured framework. NASA project managers talked to them about the different roles they would need to fill and how to do it. There were a lot of things that could have gone wrong (like, her team had people in three different time zones, from colleges of different levels of selectivity) But overall it was a fantastic experience. The last page of their (75 page, group written, not going to get any academic credit) paper gushed about the friendships and the meaning they found in their teamwork experience. I never had anything remotely like that when I was in college. L’Space is an ongoing program for STEM majors if you want to check it out at the link above.
  12. JanetC

    Accurate college search engines?

    Please see the pinned post at the top of the board for a directory of college search engines. There are two types of searching by major: One is when the kid wants something like "mechanical engineering" -- any school with an engineering department will offer this, so it won't really narrow your school list down. Instead, you can refine by location, cost, and whether your students test scores etc are in the admissible range. If you are so flexible on location and cost that you need to use academic admissibility to refine your list further, I recommend Rugg's. (See the link at the top of the board.) Another type of searching by major is when the kid wants something esoteric -- for example, dmmetler's DD is searching for very specific opportunities not offered by every biology department. My younger DD's interest in planetary science might be in the geology department at one school, in astronomy in another, or in physics (in schools where physics and astronomy are the same department). In this sort of case, you can't use any search engine at all. They're just not that specific. You might try searching the scientific literature for which universities the experts in your field are publishing from. There's really no substitute for just drilling down on college website after website. Shorter answer: If your major is commonly offered, search on location, cost, and admissibility first and assume you will find your major in plenty of schools that remain. If your major is an oddball, no college search engine is set up for that.
  13. JanetC

    Coalition App - Anyone Have Experience or Tips?

    My daughter used it for University of Washington last cycle. There were some quirks -- for example, the preview-before-you-submit mode would not display the major she was applying to. (Due to the way UW does majors, this is a critical field to get right when you apply... it caused much consternation!) UW does not use the locker (I do not know if any school uses it for admissions purposes). They also did not use a school or counselor report or recommendations. So, it was just the student part of the app to complete (including the self-reported grades -- which did not cause us any problems). We felt that having fewer activity slots but more words to write what you did per activity suited her better for telling her story. Other than that, and the different essay prompts, I don't think there was anything that would make doing the Coalition App easier or harder than the Common App from the student's point of view. But again, we didn't have the counselor/recommender sections to complete in our case.
  14. The article is 2013, and the data is 2011, so more than just a couple years. The current Survey of Earned Doctorates data is available here It's not easy to navigate, but it's there!
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    It's really hard to chance automatically - I like this chart (from college kickstart) about how to think about admissions likelihood. On the vertical axis, plot how selective each school on your list is. On the horizontal axis, estimate where your child's stats fit in the applicant pool for a school.
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