Don’t Let the Rankings Rankle You

With the recent U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings frenzy, students may be second-guessing their college lists or starting over with only “top” schools. And if the changes make sense, if they’re well-researched options, then that’s great. But if students are making changes based solely on a school’s number, their lists could be in trouble.   There are so many things to consider about a school, and the rankings don’t tell the whole story, as my lovely colleague Erin Hennessy pointed out recently. … Read more…

TVP Communications Week in Review

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through September? Our Colorado staff got their first snow of the season and the foliage is changing for our east coast team. Before more time passes by, check out what was going on in our world and in higher ed this week!   What’s new this week:   We’re excited about the double feature with Frostburg State University and NASPA on NPR’s All Things Considered! President Jonathan Gibralter (FSU) and President Kevin Kruger (NASPA) offered insightful comments on … Read more…

TFA: Transforming for America?

As I mentioned in a recent post, I was woefully unprepared for my first job, a high school English teacher in Denver Public Schools. I landed that job through Teach for America.   When people ask me about my corps experience, I always hesitate. Ultimately I’ll respond, “It was interesting,” or, if there’s more time, I’ll elaborate and explain that it’s hard for me to comment because there were so many moving pieces and no one else has had my exact series of circumstances and … Read more…

TVP Communications Week in Review

The next time you see the TVP Communications team, hopefully we’ll be decked out in some serious embroidered neon tracksuit swag. Until then, you’ll have to just get your dose of us by reading the Week in Review!   What’s new this week:   We were very excited to have a “PR hat trick” in the Washington Post this week! The Adler School of Professional Psychology, Drake University and Frostburg State University were all featured in an article by Amy Joyce about helicopter parents ruining … Read more…

Notes from a Former Drifter

The commentary on the new Aspiring Adults Adrift book has given me pause for the past two days, particularly the articles on the Chronicle. As a fellow 2009 graduate, I decided to see how I fared and took the quiz; I scored in between “Together, for the Most Part” and “On Unsure Footing,” which makes me smile at my 22-year-old self with pride.   I freely admit: I was NOT prepared for my first job. Frankly, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for … Read more…

TVP Communications Week in Review

Happy Friday! It’s officially back-to-school season—a bittersweet (and heartwarming and hilarious) time for teachers, students, and parents across the nation. Here at TVP Communications, we’re gearing up for another successful academic year!   What’s new:   We were pleased to have two of our clients featured in the media this week.   Dr. Renee A. Cramer, associate professor and chair of law, politics and society at Drake University, had an op-ed piece published in the Des Moines Register about her choice to stay on the … Read more…

In a Bind: Rising Costs of College Books

Fellow word lovers, I promise this is the only time you’ll ever witness me bashing books. Now, imagine this being said by Jerry Seinfeld: What’s the deal with college books? I saw a graphic on Vox.com from the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry that made my stomach churn.     Seriously, what is the deal? This is gross. College already is already expensive, and the cost of books is increasing at a greater rate than tuition! The worst part is that it hits hardest with … Read more…

Make Your List, Check It Twice

August 1 marked the opening of the 2014-2015 college application season with the availability of this year’s Common Application. I read that 600 kids applied on the first day…unless you’re one of those very eager 600, right now is a great to do some research on colleges and applications.   List making is one of the biggest hidden pitfalls of the application process. As a college counselor, I saw a lot of lists that lacked research—lists that only included big name schools from movies and … Read more…

Don’t Stop Believing (in Education and Student Success)

I’m cynical. Sarcastic. A naysayer. Whatever your choice of word, I have a tendency to lean toward the dark side. I think it’s practical to consider everything that could go or is going wrong, but sunshine Sally happy people tell me I’m just a negative Nancy. And yet I remain hopelessly optimistic when it comes to education and students.   Every day, my idealism comes up against newsletters, listservs, and daily roundups often filled with stories of academic failure. Students aren’t prepared for college, aren’t … Read more…

In Defense of the “Worst” Majors

I get some serious nerd rage when I come across a news story (here and here, too—though let’s be honest, it’s the same information) suggesting that English belongs on a list of “worst college majors.” I see the data, I understand that the lists are using unemployment rates and income information, and from that angle, I begrudgingly see the argument. But at the same time, my blood boils, I get huffy and indignant, and maybe mutter some not-so-niceties under my breath.   Why isn’t it … Read more…