April 2016 Counselor News
There is still time to sign up for this year’s Counselors' Breakfast, which will be held on May 10 in St. Paul. Ask admissions representatives from our member institutions questions and learn what’s happening on their campuses. Both the event and the parking are free. Learn more and register.
Students and families can now register for the free event, which runs June 20-24 this year. Sessions are held twice daily, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 to 4:30 p.m., on all 17 of our campuses across the state. These introductory campus tours and informational meetings often serve as a first step to help students discover just what their looking for in a college — especially if they’re early in the college search.
Our website includes answers to frequently asked questions, tips on making the most of visits, directions and other helpful information for families interested in attending.
Also check out our resources to help promote the event — including how to order free postcards to pass along to students. If you would like to attend in your role as a counselor, please contact Lisa Thompson to register.
Our students work closely with faculty members with most classes having fewer than 20 students. One benefit is that our students can work one-on-one with professors to tackle a wide variety of research projects — from biology to the classics, social work to ecology, nursing to history. This opportunity enriches our students’ education and helps prepare for their careers and additional education. The Council recently held our annual Scholars Showcase to celebrate their research efforts. View the photo gallery.
Did you know that the four-year graduate rate for students of color at the Council’s 17 member institutions is significantly higher than either the University of Minnesota's or MnSCU's? It’s also the best in the Midwest, compared to public systems and other states’ private colleges. See the charts.
We recently saw a display at Johnson High School promoting our colleges (see image) and would love to know what displays might be up in other schools. Send us a photo of your display and we’ll tweet it out from @mnprivcolleges!
And if you need materials to help create your display, we can help with that too. We have posters and publications and photos. Let us know what you need!
The Bridge: Parent News, our e-newsletter for parents of middle and high school students, provides helpful information on the college planning process. Past issues along with a sign up can be found at mnprivatecolleges.org/parents. We’ve also devoted a section of our website to help parents of middle schoolers get started on planning and preparing for college. Please pass these along to parents.
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
Without support, Minnesota students left behind at graduation
Minnesota Public Radio, Mar. 7, 2016
Earning a college degree means having skills other workers don’t have
The Hechinger Report, Mar. 10, 2016
How "economic despair" affects high school graduation rates for America’s poorest students
The Brookings Institute, Mar. 10, 2016
Overstretched school counselors would get state relief under new plan
Minnesota Public Radio, Mar. 18, 2016
No college degree? That's a growing hurdle to getting hired
Chicago Tribune, Mar. 19, 2016
Can parents measure the ROI of college tuition?
Forbes, Mar. 22, 2016