Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shaky Collegiate Finances Impact Higher Education

  The increasing usage of part-time instructors to replace full time professors, larger class sizes, and continuing increases in college fees raise a number of questions to parents of prospective students.  One-third of all colleges and universities currently present significantly … Continue reading

Posted in Best Fit School, Class size, College, College Admissions, College Credit Ratings, Colleges in the News, Financial Considerations in Educational Choics, Financial Stability of Colleges, Informed Educational Solutions, private universities, public universities, Sarah C. Reese, Selecting a College, The Future of Education | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Financial Ratings Affect Colleges, Too

In the flush decades of the 1980’s and 90’s, many colleges went on “borrowing sprees” to improve facilities in order to remain competitive with their peer institutions.  Some doubled their debt in the last decade as they constructed lavish fitness … Continue reading

Posted in Amherst, College, College Credit Ratings, Colleges in the News, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Educational Solutions, Endowments, Financial Considerations in Educational Choics, Financial Stability of Colleges, Informed Educational Solutions, Sarah C. Reese, Selecting a College, Tulane, Wellesley, Yeshiva | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why should college students be familiar with CourseSmart?

A Silicon Valley start-up called CourseSmart may be changing the way college professors grade their students, according to the New York Times on April 8, 2013.   Nine colleges are testing this innovative product which tracks whether and how much … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Colleges in the News, CourseSmart, Digital Media, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Educational Solutions, homework, Informed Educational Solutions, Online Learning, private universities, public universities, Reading, Sarah C. Reese, school success, The Future of Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Wage Gap Worth Watching

The New York Times reported on April 8, 2013 on the report by the American Association of University Professors on public and private research universities’ faculty salaries. This year, the average salary at private research universities was $167, 393., while … Continue reading

Posted in Best Fit School, Careers, Class size, College, college professor, College Rankings, Colleges in the News, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Educational Solutions, Endowments, Financial Considerations in Educational Choics, Informed Educational Solutions, jobs, private universities, public universities, Sarah C. Reese, school size, Selecting a College, The Future of Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Value of attending a Liberal Arts and Personal “Best-Fit” School – Bucknell University

I am one of the extremely fortunate people who can say with 100% confidence that I attended my “best-fit” school.  I knew from the moment I stepped on the Bucknell campus Freshman year, that this was the place for me.  I … Continue reading

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Decision Time: The College Choice Factor That Can’t Be Measured

Once a student and I have spaded through all of the data— majors, testing, size, location, selectivity— and the college visits are scheduled, I always give the following advice: Take the tour, do the group meeting, and make sure the … Continue reading

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Creating College Lists and Navigating Admission Decisions

IESolutions counsels all of our clients to take a thoughtful, data based, yet creative approach to identifying their college prospects.  We start with a thorough self-assessment so that students understand that the goal is to fit college choices to their … Continue reading

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The Attraction of America’s Top Ranked Schools – It’s More Than the Rankings

The attraction of American leading schools is understandable.  These institutions feature breathtaking campuses, excellent and varied student housing, leading professors, superb facilities and a vast range of majors, clubs and sports.  Unfortunately, to many international students, the eight institutions of … Continue reading

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The Most Complex Higher Education Entrance Process in the World

Virtually all of this year’s college admission decisions have been made and communicated to students. The increased variety of admissions plans (rolling, early decision, early action etc.), applications deadlines, test requirements, and the bewildering non-pattern of reply dates make our … Continue reading

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