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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | January 2024

Your Roadmap to College Success: Navigating the High School Years

Your Roadmap to College Success: Navigating the High School Years

Discover our series of informative timelines, meticulously crafted to support families through the pivotal stages of college preparation! Whether your student is in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, these timelines offer a comprehensive guide to ensure a seamless transition into higher education.

From establishing a robust academic foundation in 9th grade to navigating the intricate college application process in 12th grade, each article provides valuable insights and practical advice to empower your family in making informed decisions and setting your child on the path to educational excellence.

Don't miss this invaluable resource that will equip you and your student to make the most of their high school years and secure a promising future. Dive into these timelines today and embark on the journey to higher education with confidence!

9th Grade College Preparation Timeline — Lay the foundation for a successful college journey as your student enters high school. This article provides expert advice on academic planning, extracurricular involvement, and how to start building a strong college application portfolio. Read More

10th Grade College Preparation Timeline — Discover essential steps to take during your student's sophomore year, from refining academic goals to exploring potential career paths. This article offers guidance on standardized testing, cultivating relationships with teachers, and honing leadership skills. Read More

11th Grade College Preparation Timeline — Dive into the critical year of junior high school with insights on standardized testing, college visits, and creating a well-rounded application. This article helps you stay on track to make the most of the college admission process. Read More

12th Grade College Preparation Timeline — Prepare for the final stretch of high school and the college application process. This article offers a detailed roadmap for senior year, covering application deadlines, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and making the ultimate decision on your future education. Read More

Wall Street Journal ranks Lake Forest College 'Best in Midwest'

Wall Street Journal ranks Lake Forest College 'Best in Midwest'

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) ranked Lake Forest College the best liberal arts college in the Midwest in its most recent ranking released. Lake Forest College is the highest-ranked liberal arts school in the Midwest in the WSJ/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges in the U.S. ranking, followed by Albion College in Michigan and DePauw University in Indiana.
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Clarkson Announces New Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program

Clarkson Announces New Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program

Clarkson University has announced an expansion of its business offerings with a new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This new program will offer students the opportunity to build more flexibility into their degree program and allow them to take courses that interest them or are applicable to their chosen career path. Read More

Start your SCAD journey early with a pre-college program

Start your SCAD journey early with a pre-college program

Explore new avenues of artistic development and spark your imagination at The University for Creative Careers. SCAD offers pre-college programs during the summer and throughout the year for high school students of all ages to pursue art and design disciplines while working alongside peers from all over the world — and offers ideal opportunities for artists at all levels to create, learn, and grow.
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What you need to know about the new FAFSA

By Mebane Rash

Discover the updates in the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will benefit students, families, and counselors. From streamlined user experiences to expanded eligibility for Pell Grants, this article breaks down the key changes, important deadlines, and essential documents you need for a smooth FAFSA journey. Get ahead and maximize your financial aid with this must-read guide! Read More

Making New Year's Resolutions that Work

By Mari Whitmore

In the wake of the holidays and as you begin a new semester, you've seen the endless ads and marketing surrounding New Year's resolutions. Companies inundate us with inspirational slogans such as, "New year, new me!", "Rise and grind!" "Manifest success and it will come!" in hopes of convincing you to buy their products and programs. You've also probably experienced the disappointment and frustration that accompanies making lofty resolutions to transform your life and subsequently watching yourself "fail" to achieve your goals. Failing to stick to New Year's resolutions is so common that it's a meme, and it can be a surefire way to start your new year feeling disgruntled and aimless. Rather than making traditional New Year's resolutions, challenge yourself this year to make small, attainable, healthy goals you can pursue and achieve throughout the coming year. Read More

What Is 'Sleep Hygiene,' Anyway?

By Ceanna Hayes Daniels

As the new academic year begins, students everywhere are reading articles and watching videos on topics like time blocking and ideal morning routines. The content they read will encourage them to seize the day and move into the new semester with boundless energy, lofty goals, and packed calendars. They'll prepare ambitious study schedules, sign up for a variety of extracurricular activities, apply for jobs on or near campus, connect with old friends, and eagerly set about meeting new ones. But with the focus primarily on what you can fit into your days, it can be easy to ignore the other half of the equation: the importance of sleep and an intentional evening routine. However, in order to actually accomplish the things you set out to do each day, you need to give your body and brain enough rest so that they can function. As a result, the most effective way to set yourself up for a good semester is to invest in your sleep hygiene. Read More

WPI Announces a New Program Aimed at the Top In-Demand Business Skills: Analytics and Strategic Insights

WPI Announces a New Program Aimed at the Top In-Demand Business Skills: Analytics and Strategic Insights

In response to the growing demand for business professionals who can make data-driven decisions, The Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is introducing a new STEM-designated MBA in Analytics. The program is tailored to equip students with the essential analytics knowledge, tools, and techniques that are needed in today's workforce. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports data-related occupations are projected to have the fastest employment growth over the next decade.

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U of O Receives A Rating in 2023 Forbes Financial Grades Ranking

U of O Receives "A" Rating in 2023 Forbes Financial Grades Ranking

University of the Ozarks has received an "A" rating in the latest Forbes College Financial Grades ranking. The annual rankings assess the operational viability and balance sheet strength of more than 900 private colleges across the United States. To build the college financial grades list, Forbes pulled the latest available financial data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which covers the fiscal year that began in July 2020 and ended in June 2021. In total, the publication ranked 906 colleges that enroll at least 500 full-time students. Read More

Introducing The School Of Business And Leadership

Introducing The School Of Business And Leadership

Sofia Piazzisi is pretty sure she wants to be a lawyer, and possibly open a practice in South America, Canada or Europe someday. Like most 18-year-olds, she's not sure. As a first-year student at DePauw University this fall, she is on a path toward a career while she explores her interests. A major factor in her decision to commit to DePauw was its business offerings, and she isn't alone. Piazzisi is among a significantly large number of students currently seeking undergraduate business programs. Read More

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Using Discord to Build Campus Community

By Justina Thompson

One of the most exciting things about maturing and learning in such an adept age of digital technology is being able to use these as tools to organize and structure ourselves. Lots of college students these days, for example, have to deal with the ethics of technology like generative AI! This is a powerful tool that can support initial research, first drafts, and other organizational computations, which will likely make college learning much easier! However, academic curricula have not yet pivoted to account for this, and so its use is often discouraged by professors at this time. Practitioners are also still deliberating how generative AI bots cite their own sources and how their findings should be cited when used in research, a key part of the higher education journey. Other tools like GroupMe and Slack, which are used for casual forms of communication, are now being developed and catered to support communication and connection across organizations, college campuses included! Read More

What to Look for in Online Courses

By Patricia Roy

Many students are attracted to remote learning for the convenience and cost-savings; however, their experience with "Covid school" might make them hesitate. As a learning experience designer and professor, I have seen the best and the worst in online course design. To make sure you are not wasting your time, effort, and money, here are a few things to look out for. Read More

Tips For Finding Off-Campus Housing

By Jessica Dickenson

Are you done with dorm living, or are you just ready to be independent? Moving off campus is a rite of passage for many college students who, for one reason or another, find commuting to be the better choice than dorm living. Some colleges have strict policies restricting who is allowed to live off-campus. Off-campus living may be only reserved for upperclassmen or students over a specific age. Other campuses may require you to complete additional paperwork before you can legally find a place to live. Make sure you know the housing policies outlined in your student handbook before you sign any kind of lease. The last thing you want is to be saddled with a lease and find out you lost a scholarship or you can't take classes! Read More

RIT Ranked 5th Among College Co-op Programs

RIT Ranked 5th Among College Co-op Programs

There's a classic conundrum that recent college graduates have to untangle: Employers want candidates who have work experience. But how do you get experience without a job? That's easy. Get a co-op or internship. There's a reason RIT is ranked 5th among top schools for co-op and internship programs by U.S. News & World Report (2024). Our cooperative education program is designed to provide you with career experience—early and often—in a variety of industries and environments. And, with cooperative education and internships built into most programs and available and encouraged in all majors, you'll gain the experience that sets you apart—experience that employers look for in their next top hires. Read More

Marywood Launches a Suite of Academic Programs in 2024

Marywood Launches a Suite of Academic Programs in 2024

Marywood University announced the launch of several academic programs, including a Master of Architecture, an online Master's in Biotechnology, the Zijing-Marywood EMBA program, an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), a unique 'All But Dissertation' (ABD) initiative, a Bachelor's in Financial Crimes Investigation, and a Bachelor's in Construction Management. Several are in the recruitment stage, including the Master of Architecture and the Financial Crimes Investigation programs, while others recently began, including the online Biotechnology Master's, EMBA, EMPA, ABD, and Construction Management programs. Read More

Why Humanities Degrees are Important

Why Humanities Degrees are Important

According to George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, the humanities are the "why" to science's "how." "I don't think you can have the 'how' without the 'why,'" he says. The title of "humanities" generally encompasses the fields of history, philosophy, theology, literature and occasionally communications and the fine arts. It can lead students who study one of these subjects in college into a variety of interesting, successful, and rewarding careers; however, many students have doubts about majoring in a non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. In fact, over the past decade, students earning degrees in the humanities have declined in number by 17%. So why get a bachelor's degree in the humanities? Read More

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How to Bounce Back After a Difficult Semester

By Sharon Callender

After a challenging semester in college, it's natural to feel apprehensive about returning to the classroom. In this article, the author emphasizes the importance of a strong work ethic and self-belief as key factors in overcoming setbacks. They provide three valuable strategies to mentally and emotionally prepare for a successful return to college: focusing on what you can control, limiting distractions, and leveraging the skills and insights gained from past experiences to excel in the upcoming semester. These tips offer a roadmap for students looking to bounce back from adversity and achieve their academic goals. Read More

Financial Aid Material to Consider

By Lynne Blumberg

After accounting for the Tuition Rewards discounts, students and their families may calculate they need additional financial assistance for an academic year. Assembling financial aid from several sources is a common practice. Chrissie Klinger, Workforce Development Specialist at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State University, compared a student's financial aid package to patching together a quilt. How these quilts are patterned will vary for each student. One student may get funding from two sources another from eight. Her two children, for example, were student-athletes with the same high school GPAs and similar SAT scores. Nonetheless, when they entered Penn State, they wound up with very different financial aid packages. Read More

Exploring Women's Colleges in the SAGE Scholars Consortium

By Justina Thompson

Among today's increasingly popular college options, women's colleges continue to play a significant role in providing a unique education that empowers women and fosters a supportive community. The SAGE Scholars Consortium a collective of nationally recognized and regarded women's colleges across the United States. These schools are a testament to the enduring commitment to provide a high-quality Liberal Arts education. This article will delve into the unique attributes and educational offerings of each women's college within the SAGE Scholar's consortium. Read More

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