Coaching for College Success?

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Registered: 03-24-2011
Coaching for College Success?
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 1:58pm

My partner and I, who are experienced educators, are starting a company to address the problem that too many students experience challenges when they transition to college. Right now, only 54% of students who attend a four-year college earn a degree in six years! We know that too many college advisors have student loads in the thousands and simply don't have the time to get know and support individual students.

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Fri, 03-25-2011 - 8:44am

Welcome to the Parents of College Students Board collegecompletion,

Do you really believe the degree completion rate increases are all on the college advisors?

The motivations and high touch are, from what I've experienced, really all available on a college campus. What sets you apart from what the school provides with their counseling offices?

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Registered: 03-24-2011
Sat, 03-26-2011 - 4:29pm

Thanks for your questions and input. You are right that there are many reasons why students don't graduate from college and/or take more than four years.

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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 5:19pm

Personally, I believe that if a parent is spending 30 to 50+ THOUSAND PER YEAR for a child to get a college degree, THAT should be enough to "engage" a student in his education.

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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 6:25pm
Can I give double thumbs up to this?? Speaking from the experience of sending one of our boys away that wasn't ready (and we probably knew it deep down) - community college/working for a year or 2/etc. are all very viable options and in the big scheme of things it's not going to impact their future.
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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 9:19pm

I agree you and sabratooth about college.
If a student is not ready for college they better off working and going to a CC
for 1 or 2 years before they go way to a 4 year college university.

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Mon, 03-28-2011 - 5:58pm

I couldn't agree more.

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Mon, 03-28-2011 - 6:38pm

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 11:18pm

I went to college at a medium sized school.

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Tue, 03-29-2011 - 9:21am

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I think it's often hard, Pam, for parents to know.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 03-29-2011 - 5:49pm

Several points..

The initial statement of the post with the words "many" and 54% is designed to make parents feel that there is a high probability that their student will fail. Not a very good start to a well-thought out service.I guestion anyone who throws out statistics without clarify those statistics.

54% of students may take 6 years to earn a 4 year degree but is that so terrible? The point is that they GOT the degrees.

How many of these students took longer because they were "spreading out" the time,to make it more financially feasible? How many of these students changed directions (quite understandable given that the kids are only 18/19 when they start college)? There are many reasons why and reasons for which coaching would be an added, unnecessary expense.

A personal college/social coach is just another example of helicopter parenting.

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