March 2016 Counselor News
This year’s spring Counselors' Breakfast will be held on May 10 at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul. This free informational session is for high school counselors and others who work with students on college planning. Admissions representatives from our member institutions share updates on what is going on at their institutions and answer questions. Make plans to join us: both the event and parking are free. Learn more and register.
During the summer, our member colleges host numerous programs for middle and high school students on campus. Many are offered every year. Parents looking to keep their kids busy during summer — and keep them learning or physically active — have plenty of options! It’s also a great way to introduce them to a college campus. View the list of programs.
LinkedIn's field of study tool can help students and families look beyond strictly majors (which, according to employers, are less important than soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communication). It’s an easy way to explore the wide range of career options that each major can result in — although you do need an account to use it and the information is based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn. Initially, the tool will suggest a field of study based on the information entered in your profile. From there, it will draw on information from ALL LinkedIn members to generate a list of:
- where people with that major often work
- the types of work they do
- which school they attended
- where they currently live
Click on one or more of these elements to narrow the results. Or enter a keyword in the search box. Use the "explore more" button to select or search for a different field of study.
Although the pay-off of a liberal arts education may be less obvious than training for technical fields, everyone can benefit from a foundation of liberal arts study. Read insights from the presidents of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Gustavus Adolphus College on how our colleges prepare students for today’s — and tomorrow’s — workforce.
During her junior year in high school, first-generation student Ka Thao developed an interest in science. A scholarship from Minnesota Private College Fund allows her to attend Carleton College where she is now immersed in the sciences. Read more of Ka's story.
Most people don’t realize that graduation rates take into account not only students who drop out, but also those who transfer to another college. Completion rates, in contrast, only count those students who graduated in four years at the same institution. When combined with graduation rate figures, this offers a more complete picture. We recently analyzed of how our how colleges are doing in comparison to Minnesota’s public four-year universities. Read the article.
The topic of college worth is bantered around a lot by today's media and politicians, but one piece of data that offers clarity is educational attainment in relation to poverty level. Here's where Minnesota stands using the most recent data available.
Source: Minnesota Compass and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Not sure what resources we’ve developed for counselors? Head to our counselor resources page for photos of our colleges to use in presentations or other communications as well as links to other handy resources. Or review a comprehensive list of informational resources that can help you or parents get the skinny on options at our colleges and how they help students excel.
Don’t forget: You can also pre-order our 2016-17 College Guide and Excellence, Career Preparation, Affordability brochure.
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
Scientific research needs the humanities, the president of a technical university says
Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2016
Fixing Minnesota’s school counselor crunch: If not now, say advocates, then when?
MinnPost, Feb. 12, 2016
What does it mean to have a good job in Minnesota? Here's what the data say
MinnPost, Feb. 16, 2016
When social and emotional learning is key to college success
The Atlantic Magazine, Mar. 2, 2016
Bridging the gap
Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 3, 2016
Money for student counseling takes a back seat
Minnesota Public Radio, Mar. 7, 2016