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“Find a Good College ‘Fit’ Academically” 7.23.14

How comfortable are you around water? Are you a strong swimmer or do you struggle to keep your head above water? Are you comfortable venturing into the deeper water or do you prefer to wade into shallow water as long as the bottom is visible and the footing is certain? Most people expose themselves to [...]

“BCF Readers’ Forum” 7.17.14

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“Be True to Your Academic ‘Fingerprint’” 7.9.14

Myth: All colleges and universities are alike. Reality: This country boasts a broad array of more than 3,000 colleges and universities dedicated to providing post-secondary educational opportunities. Although common in mission, their personalities, curricula and institutional cultures vary as greatly as 3,000 sets of fingerprints! Think about what this means for you. While your educational [...]

“Addressing the College Essay Blues: July College Planning Tips” 7.2.14

Having talked with a fair number of rising high school seniors over the last six weeks, I am coming to the conclusion that these days can be the “dog days” of the college application process. This is especially true for those who have identified target schools and are struggling to get their arms around their [...]

Campus Grotto

America's Best Study Spaces

Whether it’s beautiful architecture or an amazing view, just sitting in an inspiring place can instantly give one a greater sense of wisdom and well-being. Wide-open, beautifully-designed study spaces allow students to spread out, focus, and achieve serenity during times of stressful study. These are the places students come to do battle. From writing term papers to studying for finals, these locations provide the perfect environment to tackle any coursework. Here we’ll showcase some of the greatest college study spaces around the country. Harper Reading Room at University of Chicago The vaulted Main Reading Room in the Arley D. Cathy Learning Center of Harper Library is one of t...

Audio Textbooks

Limited Time Offer: Download a free audiobook at now. - Time is a valuable commodity. This is especially true in college when you have to master the art of multitasking. It is important to take advantage of productivity tools that will help you succeed. One way to free up more of your time and increase your productivity is to make use of audio textbooks. Audio books give you many options when it comes to being productive. Textbooks can be listened to on your commute, in the gym, while walking to class, or while relaxing on the quad. With MP3 being the format of choice for audio books, they can be listened to on any of your electronic devices. Here we’ll go over a fe...

10 Banned College Traditions worth Reviving

Traditions are how college memories will be formed. Take them away, student satisfaction goes down and you have thousands of unhappy students paying $50K a year to go to school. Limiting the amount of fun college students are allowed to have is kind of like prohibition; it doesn’t work. To keep their sanity, students need time to blow off steam with something away from the monotony of studying. Traditions provide a sense of community on a campus with thousands of students. Without this feeling of belongingness, students begin to feel lost in the crowd and can end up transferring or even dropping out. These traditions mean a lot to students and alumni and to ban them outright leaves an ...

The 100 Greatest College Traditions

One of the greatest aspects of the college experience is being a part of a great college tradition. Traditions can provide a great sense of community, school spirit and overall well-being at a college with many students. Here we present our ranking of the 100 Greatest College Traditions based on the history, amount of student participation, and overall uniqueness of the tradition. Many of these are long-standing traditions that students and alumni hold dearly. You won’t see any college sports traditions here. We’re saving those for our upcoming ranking of the 100 Greatest College Sports Traditions. Make sure you are signed up to receive our latest articles by email so you know when t...

Continuing Education

25 Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, List...

If you think earning a GED makes you a loser, take a look at our list of celebrity dropouts who earned a GED. You, too, can be successful with a GED.

Ideas for People Bingo Cards

Need more ideas for your People Bingo cards? You'll find lots of them in our People Bingo Idea List No. 2! See our entire People Bingo collection.

Alabama Online GED Information and Links

The information you need to pursue your GED credential in the state of Alabama.

5 Ways to Improve Adult Literacy

Adult literacy is a global problem. One in five adults cannot read. Here are 5 ways you can help improve adult literacy.

The College Puzzle

Searing Critique Of Elite Colllege Admissions Policies

This controversial and provacative article has been attracting attention. There are some areas I agree and disagree with, but it stimulates thinking.  

The Missing Link:College Aspirations & the Common Core

By Watson Scott Swail , Ed.D. President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute In 1988, approximately 27,000 8th-grade students took both a survey and test for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the US Department of Education. For some of us, 1988 doesn’t seem that long ago, but in educational research, it is an read more...

Should Colleges Provide More Career Skills To Students?

Career and Technical Development Students paying extra for skills not learned on campus More and more programs are being started to help students master career skills before starting their first jobs, most costing thousands of dollars on top of the already high price of their higher educations. Which, for some critics, raises the question: Why read more...

Colleges Need To Enhance Support Of Common Core

Common Core Goes to College — Higher Education Needs to Prepare for “College-Ready” Students Washington, D.C. — Each year, hundreds of thousands of American students graduate from high school and enter college without being adequately prepared to succeed there. This is partly the result of misaligned high school standards and higher education expectations. There are read more...

Cappex College Insider

5 Time Management Tips for College Students

Everyone always tells you to manage your time wisely, but do you ever really listen? Most of us would rather spend our time with friends than doing homework. If you’re a student, however, somewhere in the back of your mind you must know how important your studies are too. The reality is that you can — and […]

14 Scholarships with August Deadlines

We here at Cappex sure hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! We also wanted to remind you that, because you may have a bit more free time than usual, it’s a great time to apply for scholarships. So we’ve put together for you this great list of scholarships that expire in August. Good luck! […]

What is the Peace Corps and should you apply?

People often ask, “What is the Peace Corps?” President John F. Kennedy created this governmental agency in 1961 to promote peace and encourage friendship in developing countries. The organization offers a great opportunity to respond to President Kennedy’s inspirational challenge to “ask what you can do for your country.” Volunteers can use their talents to improve […]

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