COLLEGELOGIC- TAKING THE LOGICAL APPROACH, NOT THE TYPICAL APPROACH
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    Slipping Down the Rabbit-Hole

    Slipping Down the Rabbit-Hole

     

    Colleges are doing some great things, but don't mistake them for your teammate!

    As we were recently walking in the park, my Husky-girl Maddie came upon a large group of shrubs that quickly got her attention...ahh, the fresh scent of unsuspecting chipmunks lurking nearby. She pounced into the bush and stuck her nose into a small hole. Right then and there, I saw the correlation between what the chipmunks were looking up at and what parents see in colleges. 

    I call it the "Rabbit-hole". The rabbit-hole that I refer to is the hole parents find themselves in as they wait and defer the college process. Unsuspectingly, they find themselves slipping down into the rabbit-hole, whereby one day the fox arrives. The fox? COLLEGE. Just like rabbits being trapped by the fox, or chipmunks trapped by Maddie, parents get trapped by the BIG BUSINESS OF COLLEGE. 

    I loudly applaud what most colleges are doing these days-
    • Expanding their Study programs
    • Increasing Research opportunity
    • Increasing Study-abroad opportunity
    • Improving Internship opportunity
    • Enhancing the Educational experience
    • Modernizing campus environment and resources
    They are doing all of it. But don't for a moment believe colleges to be in your court, to be on your team, to have common goals as yours. Why not? Because they aren't and they don't! The college is the fox. The college is Maddie. They trap their prey. And colleges prey on unsuspecting parents who trap themselves. That's not us, we know better!

    Rather, we continue to work for being wise and savvy to the business model and policies of colleges in order to achieve our goals. 

    They have the advantage. We offset it by closely following our 3 Foundational Principles for getting college right, saving thousands on costs, and for athletes, playing college sports. The CollegeLogic Foundational Principles-
    1. Get on the Right Colleges
    2. Meet the Right People
    3. Ask the Right Questions
    Here's our list of Must Ask Questions on college visits. Pay close attention to the closing statement for Admissions.
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    College Visits? Don't be like the others...get it right for yourself

    College Visits? Don't be like the others...get it right for yourself

    Colleges own your every movement and it begins with college tours.

    There is not much more unproductive than visiting colleges, being led around the campus in a group, seeing and hearing what they want you to see and hear, then leaving the college without meeting the key decision-makers and asking the right questions.

    The typical approach to visiting colleges is to take a tour, sit in on an information session, then leave without meeting the key people and knowing very little about the school...that's highly unproductive!

    The CollegeLogical approach to visiting colleges is to meet your Admission Counselor, meet a Financial Aid Advisor, meet in your anticipated department of study, and for athletes, meet the college coach. This satisfies the purpose of college visits, that is to learn how the college does its business and better understand your full opportunity...that's highly productive!

    So why is the typical approach typical? Because it's what the colleges want you to do. It's their way of being in control of what you see and what you hear. In other words, parents just follow along. That's not us, we don't follow along, rather we follow a plan. Our plan is to-
    1. Get on the right colleges
    2. Meet the right people
    3. Ask the right questions
    Those are our 3 Foundational Principles for getting college right and saving thousands on costs. To know what questions to ask, here's a valuable gift to you from us for helping you get it right...and knowing the difference.

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    Money Matters...does it matter to you?

    Money Matters...does it matter to you?

     

    "If it's not affordable, then it doesn't qualify as a good fit college."

    Although that statement makes perfect CollegeLogical Sense, far too many parents take the approach- "My child deserves it, I'll find a way to pay..." How many times have you heard that? I've heard it hundreds of times, and particularly so during this time of year when college decisions are being made.

    Let's be blunt here, no one's child "deserves" to have their parents bankrupt the family finances over their college costs. 

    Step # 1 for Preventing Family Pressure and Discontent at college decision time is-
     
    Prequalify your college budget one year in advance

    Step # 2 for Preventing Family Pressure and Discontent at college decision time is-

    Create college options that can meet your budget

    This is the ultimate cost saving strategy. Follow it and you can avoid tense family discussion and discontentment within the ranks when the time comes to make the right college choose.
     
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    College Admissions Done Right

    College Admissions Done Right

     

    "You can't parachute into the destination."- Stephen Covey

    John Houseman- Smith Barney- a trip down memory lane!

    You can't mass produce good college advice either...College is personal! It is in our bones. There are no shortcuts in the path to success. You can't parachute into the destination. Rather, you have to travel the full path, every step, one step at a time, with each step taken in its rightful order.

    Ponzi Schemes didn't end with exposing Bernie Madoff and College-scamming won't end this week either. The scammers are out there taking shortcuts. Side deals will be made. The work will be skipped. But in the end, they lose!

    Not us, not my families with whom I work. I take it personally. They understand the game. They know that getting college right is a conscious effort, an arduous process where great work lands great results. I show the path, the parents manage the course, the kids do the work...this is how it's done right!

    A thing about us. I am a big fan of Stephen Covey and his book- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    We apply 3 Foundational Principles for getting college right.
    1. Get on the Right Colleges
    2. Meet the Right People
    3. Ask the Right Questions
    We have 6 Steps to Getting on the Right Colleges
    1. Build a College List
    2. Get Your College Timeline
    3. Create a Personal Marketing Package
    4. Communicate Your Interests to Colleges
    5. Plan College Trips
    6. Visit Colleges...the Right Colleges
    Kids can do a lot more. They have to prepare longer for the SAT/ ACT's. They need to work harder for improving grades. They should aspire to become more knowledgeable and aware of the world around them. They can do much more in preparing for impending opportunities and earning their way. There are no shortcuts to achieving success in this world today!

    Parents? You're not excluded. You can do more too. You can get involved earlier. You can be more knowledgeable of the process. You can know better what you are about to buyCOLLEGE. Together, we can get college right!
     
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    Bribes, Admissions Fraud...what's the big surprise?

    Bribes, Admissions Fraud...what's the big surprise?

     "Colleges mold their interests into the behaviors of society."- Marla Brady 

    First of all, I'm not bashing colleges. Most colleges continue to greatly develop their educational programs and enhanced student-experience with research, study abroad, and internship opportunities.They've expanded Majors from around 100 fifteen years ago to now over 300. College remains your best opportunity to advance in today's world. 

    However, paying to have someone else take your child's SAT's or paying a college coach to falsely recruit your child is despicable, dishonest, and a complete disgrace. Exposing them is welcome news!

    On the other hand, why would it surprise anyone that colleges favor the wealthy, and why shouldn't they? Everyone in business sells their wares to people who can afford them. Would you sell your house to someone who can't close the deal? Well of course not. Colleges don't have to either.

    My book Dissecting the Big Business of College discusses it all. I preach, teach, and coach this everyday of my life. Colleges run a great business. They protect their business model with greater ferocity and determination than parents protect their finances. As Marla Brady said, they mold their interests into the behaviors of society. Every policy and procedure supports their best interest, including-
    • Rising Costs (creates the perception of value)
    • The CSS Profile (protects the college coffers)
    • Early Decision Applications (puts colleges in control)
    • Exaggerated Job Placement Rates (90%...really?)
    • Manipulating the Ranking system (which is a farce)
    • The Financialization of College (keeps more $'s)
    • Information Sessions (their best Sales pitch)
    • Test Optional Policy (lower acceptance rates)
    • Career Counseling Department (extends the term)
    All of these policies and procedures protect the college interests, NOT YOURS! It's time to wake up to this reality- their interests are in conflict with yours. Don't blame the colleges for this, they're just running a great business and their clients, the parents, fall right in line!

    Bash the cheaters, the scammers, the fraudsters, and make them pay their dues...all of them- parents, college coaches, the schemers and perpetrators. They are a hindrance to society and exposing them is wonderful work of the investigators...bravo!


    Now you may perhaps begin to understand better the perspective of the college. Only then can you clear yourself of their spell for getting college right for you. Thank you. 
     
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