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    Who's to Blame for Low Graduation Rates?

    Who's to Blame for Low Graduation Rates?

    If you don't have a specific plan to graduate in 4 years, then the college will plan an extra year, or two, for you. 

     It's that simple, yet that missed by parents.

    How hard do you work to finish off your good-paying customers? Why should colleges do the same? Parents are paying customers of the college. Sure, they'd like to keep you around a few extra terms. And they will if you are not savvy to their tactics. 

    First of all, let's recall that the # 1 weighted factor for college rankings is the 6-year graduation rate. That gives colleges full permission to graduate students in just under six years to score well in that factor. As a result, the national average time it takes to graduate in a 4-year degree is 5.8 years. And that's much more by design than by accident.

    Colleges are well aware that parents aren't paying much attention to this. It's very easy for an advisor of the college to convince students to change majors, resulting in extended terms of stay. Very few parents raise any objection to this strategy of the college, unknowingly putting their student on the 5-year or 6-year plan. And there you have it, an extra $50,000 - $75,000 of college costs are incurred.

    Read all about this and much more in our new book- 

         Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For saving college costs, here's our Strategy # 10- Plan to graduate on time in a meaningful major 

    There’s a reason why the national average time it takes to graduate in a four-year degree is over five years and the national on-time graduation rate is 40%. While we could blame it on the college system, it’s not their fault that most college students arrive without a firm plan for their studies. Anything without a plan is left to guesswork and predictable results. And when it comes to college, guesswork means extended terms and underemployed college graduates. You just can’t guess your way successfully through college and that’s the cold-hard truth.

    When your son or daughter calls you in a panic to tell you they met with their counselor and want to change majors, don’t be surprised. It’s not really by accident. I’m not doubting the good work of career counselors, but they work for the college, not the parent. These people are professionals who know well the tendencies of their client-base. Be aware of its potential to uproot your college budget. Good planning and forethought can keep an extra fifth year of college from getting sprung upon you when you least expect it and can least afford it. It seems college-logical to me!

    College Studies, Forward or Backward

    College Studies, Forward or Backward

    What will your child do, study forward or backward?
    That's the million dollar question. 

    No, it's four million!

    Clearly not enough effort or forethought goes in to choosing a college study plan. Students are choosing majors that "sound cool"; or they choose a major that mom or dad suggests based on their perspective, which is typically outdated. Outdated means that it relates to jobs of the past, not jobs of the future. The result is that students are studying for non-growth jobs with lower income opportunity. 

    In a recent study, it is revealed that only 25% of college graduates get jobs related to their college studies; 25% are unemployed; and 50% are working jobs that don't require a college education. Well, that's rather alarming, but not surprising.


    Read all about this and much more in our new book- Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For saving college costs, here's our Strategy # 9- Study forward, it’s about the 2020’s

    Studying-forward is studying for jobs of the 2020’s, the jobs being projected for growth and good wages. Studying-forward will project your income favorably.

    Studying–backward refers to studying for jobs from the 1990’s, the jobs being occupied by 45-year-olds who intend to keep them for another 20 years. Studying-backward will likely result in underperforming career earnings.

    Many of the old job classifications come with more competition for fewer openings, which means lower starting pay and slower income growth. Therefore, it can be estimated in some cases that lifetime earnings for those studying-forward could accumulate in $4,000,000 additional income over those studying-backward. That gets my attention! How about yours?

    Studying-forward seems
    college logical to me! Studying the wrong major is a family budget crusher, career blaster, and seems illogical to me.

    Our student-families save thousands on college costs, and you can too. All you have to do is want to, and ask us how we can help.
     
    Hans
    Founder CollegeLogic
    Office # 203.470.3704

    Um, an expression of doubt or uncertainty

    Um, an expression of doubt or uncertainty

    Students arrive everyday on college visits completely unprepared for the visit. 

    That's just the cold-hard fact!

    Here's a quick test of your child's preparedness-

    Ask your child, or have someone else ask-

    "What interests do you have in college studies?

    If their first word is "Um", they are unprepared, simple as that! If their response is made in five words or less, then they are completely unprepared. Don't blame the colleges for disappointing scholarships or surprising denials. Unpreparedness comes at a big cost.  

    Read all about this and much more in our new book- 

         Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For saving college costs, here's our Strategy # 8- Vision Recruiting, a look into the future

    Establishing credibility and value with colleges requires a lot more thought, preparation, and execution than to merely arrive on campus to follow around on a campus tour.

    College officials are tired of hearing the same standard responses ranging in words from one to five, such as-  

    • um, I don’t know
    • um, I’m undecided
    • um, I haven’t thought about it
    • um, maybe business, maybe technology
    • um...

    From the college perspective, that of the Admission Office, these responses show very little thought of the student, add no value and typically serve to reflect negatively upon the student. Parents seem carefree about it. Why? Because the college is not encouraging them otherwise. The college knows these responses lead to extended college terms. It's playing right into their hands. 

    In order to create value and distinguish yourself from the masses of applicants otherwise, it’s necessary to be able to express yourself when asked to do so. This means that you are able to express your vision for what you want from the college experience and how it will prepare you for adult life thereafter. Colleges and their admissions staff value this greatly. We call it Vision Recruiting. It seems college-logical to me.

    The Basis Behind College Rankings is a Farce!

    The Basis Behind College Rankings is a Farce!

    A top priority of every college president is to protect their college ranking. If successful, then money will flow.

    College rankings...let's evaluate the criteria-

    • the 4-year graduation rate
    • GPA of incoming freshmen
    • job placement for graduates
    • average pay for those jobs
    • internship opportunity
    • study abroad opportunity
    • research opportunity
    • range and depth of study programs

    That all makes sense, right? Sure it does, those factors would naturally reflect in a college's ranking.  But none of those factors are included in the college ranking.

    Furthermore, the # 1 weighted factor for college rankings carrying 18% weight is of all things, the 6-year graduation rate. Since when is six years the standard? That's preposterous, defined as "utterly absurd"!

    There's no wonder the national average time it takes to graduate in a 4-year degree is 5.8 years!  

    Read all about this and much more in our new book- 

         Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For saving college costs, here's our Strategy # 7- Learn how each college distributes financial aid

    College education is a debt-fueled business with parents borrowing from every imaginable source to fund their child’s college expense. Colleges are making it easier by offering “parent loans” and doing so as a substitute for financial aid, blind-siding parents across America. This too is preposterous. I call it the "financialization of college".  

    It's now the parents job to visit the Financial Aid office during their college visits to find out precisely how they distribute financial aid. Otherwise, you will be blind-sided just the same. No longer can parents hear the chatter and rely on it, rather, parents need to discern the difference between fallacy and reality. This seems college-logical to me!

    Whose Lead do You Follow?

    Whose Lead do You Follow?

    No one follows the lead of a seller's realtor when negotiating a deal to buy a house. 

    Why do parents follow the lead of the college in negotiating a deal to buy a college education?

    That's exactly what parents do when they attend college information sessions and arrive home to preach their gospel. The information-session presenter on campus tours are highly trained to get parents to think how they want them to think. It's their strategy to get your buy-in to their business model. 

    CollegeLogic-parents often know more details of the college they are visiting then do the presenters. It's part of prequalifying the college for understanding what they might be buying. It's the same as getting to know everything you can about a house before you visit and enter purchasing discussions.  

    In those information sessions, following the presenter's lead is like following the lead of the seller's realtor. They will tell you what they want you to believe, such as- 

    • you don't have to know what you want to study
    • you don't have to submit SAT/ ACT scores
    • if you submit ED and get accepted, you must cancel other applications
    • we meet demonstrated-need at 100%
    • our graduates have a 90% job placement rate

    If you arrive home and base your college plan on their instruction, then you will be falling prey to the big business of college.

    Read all about here in our new book- 

         Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For saving college costs, here's our Strategy # 6- Have a plan to create quality options

    Our application-strategy is designed to get 6 - 8 acceptances resulting in a range of costs centered around the academic standard of the student. In doing so, we like to create a baseline of cost-affordability for comparison purposes. This creates leverage and choices in preventing a cost-prohibitive college outcome, now that’s college-logical!