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910, 2017

College Admissions Are Up But Students Still Feel Unprepared For College Life

By |October 9th, 2017|Education, XPC|0 Comments

It seems that University life is still alluring for American students. As predicted just a few years ago, college admissions are continuing to rise. Education is big business, and the thought of a bigger pay packet at the end of studying is an attractive proposition for young people. So why is it that, according to EdSource, so many high school students feel unprepared for what lies ahead?

There are many reasons to be worried about life on campus. Despite all the great stories from older siblings and parents about parties and other activities, young students fear loneliness. After spending so many years with close friends close to home, there is the prospect of traveling hundreds of miles away alone. And kids today are far more clued up when it comes to the value of money. They know their college fees are hurting Mom and Dad hard! That puts pressure on them to do well.

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Of course, there are plenty of worries, fears, and concerns that every eighteen or nineteen-year-old might face in life. It’s new. After a lifetime of a sheltered childhood, the realities of adulthood is thrust before them. So where can they turn to become better prepared for these new experiences and responsibilities?

Fortunately, there are dozens of resources. Some of the best ones are easily accessible. They include:

School Counsellor – This resource is thought to be underused. They can offer a wealth of information about career options, life away from home, lifestyle and relationship choices, and more.

Dedicated Online Resources – These aren’t just enormously helpful, but also the preferred option for many. If you’re looking for hints and tips to ace the admissions process for college, then try them. You can find the most […]

2308, 2017

Is Your Child Safe At School?

By |August 23rd, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on Is Your Child Safe At School?

If you’re a parent, there’s nothing more important than your child’s safety. You would think that dropping them off at school every morning would never cause you to feel anxious or worried, but there’s no escaping the fact that school security in the US is a concern for many. Nobody wants to think about their child being involved in a dangerous situation, but the reality is that incidents do happen. Since 2013, 59 people have died, and 129 people have been injured as a result of school shootings. Violence caused by intruders is not the only issue facing parents and children. Between 25 and 33 percent of children claim to have been bullied at school. If you have children, you may be wondering if your child is safe at school.

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The main concerns for parents
When you’re a parent, you want your child to be safe, healthy and happy. School can be a wonderful experience for many children, but those years can also be a very unhappy and distressing time for some. Many parents worry about their children when they go to school and bullying and security scares are among the most concerning issues.

Bullying

Between a quarter and a third of children have been bullied at school according to these figures https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html from the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics. Bullying can take many forms, including physical and verbal. In this day and age, cyberbullying is also a growing threat. If you think your child may be being bullied, the first thing to do is speak to their teacher. It is beneficial to nip bullying in the bud, as it can escalate quickly. It’s also a good idea to try and […]

1908, 2017

How Becoming An Educator Can Enhance Your Career Enjoyment

By |August 19th, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on How Becoming An Educator Can Enhance Your Career Enjoyment

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When it comes to your career, you can often find that there will be certain parts that you enjoy, and others that you find tend to drag down your career choice a bit. Although everyone loves the former, not everyone is okay with the latter. So, it’s worth thinking about the ways you can change that balance to make the enjoyment prevail. One of the ways you will always be able to do that is when you combine education and your career. Because becoming an educator yourself can actually enhance the passion you have for your job.

Teaching A Subject You’re Passionate About

First of all, let’s look at the process of taking something that you love and teaching others about it. One of the most common ways you can do this is by becoming a college professor. When you have a true love of a certain area, taking your Ph.D. and being a professor allows you to not only teach a course that you know a lot about and have devised yourself, but research too. Because the research side is a huge part of being a professor, which can keep your interests alive.

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Shaping Minds Of The Future

Another reason for why it can increase your work satisfaction is the way you get to shape the minds of the future. Now, this is most commonly found in the career path of a teacher. By becoming a teacher, you can educate, inspire, and encourage a whole other generation of young minds. Whether you’d chose to teach at the elementary or middle school years, or secondary on a set subject, you’ll find the passion you give to young people is very rewarding in itself.

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3107, 2017

Modern Practices in Educational Leadership

By |July 31st, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on Modern Practices in Educational Leadership

Everything changes as time moves forward, but not everyone manages to keep up with what’s current. The world of higher education and its leadership is one of the areas where a lot of change has taken place in recent years. Educational leaders have a lot of work to do when it comes to maintaining a cohesive community and ensuring that performance is at acceptable levels for both students and staff. Harnessing modern techniques and methods for leadership help them to achieve their goals.

More Tech-focused Education

Everything has become more tech-focused in the last few years. Anyone not using technology to do their job in some way is likely to be far behind everyone else. Educational leaders now use various types of technology and software to achieve their goals and to provide resources to students and staff.

Balancing Business and Education

A higher education institution isn’t just a school. It also needs to be treated like a business in order to make it successful. There are budgets to consider and many things usually related to business to take of, from marketing to improving “customer” satisfaction. Educational leaders need to know how to balance the business and education elements without making it seem as if the institution is too focused on profits or saving money.

Data Analysis

Data analysis is all the rage in many different sectors. Collecting and analyzing data is one of the best ways to really understand how something works. It helps educational leaders to get into the nuts and bolts of their institution and work out how to make it better.

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1207, 2017

If We Want Better Schools, We Can’t Forget Who Makes Them

By |July 12th, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on If We Want Better Schools, We Can’t Forget Who Makes Them

We all care about the quality of education and experience that children get from the schools they attend. It’s no surprise that this is why there are always fierce debates over how we operate the school system. However, paying attention to the politics alone isn’t the only way to affect change and improve the education of our future leaders. Whether it’s by working in the school, advocating for it, or by simply being aware of the challenges it faces, we can all help make a better education system.

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Teachers

It should be no surprise that the teachers are often going to be some of the biggest influencers on the children they teach. It’s why so many go into a career in teaching. Good teachers do truly make a difference. They can help find ways to inspire, to encourage, and to motivate students. But they also play a huge role behind the scenes, as well. They are often the face of the school community in PTAs and in events the school is organizing. They serve as student advocates, more aware than most of the difficulties students face because of school culture. At the same time, teachers are often not the final deciders in decisions that can affect your kid’s education.

The support staff

The principal is often where the buck stops within an individual school. However, to think that they run it single-handedly is to underestimate their reliance and cohesion with the rest of the administrative staff. Schools need smart individuals for more than just teaching the children. They need administrative assistants to help keep the school organized. They need clerks to help manage the finances and budget of the school. Teachers need the help of aides to provide the […]

1207, 2017

Taking Both Roads: Continuing Your Education and Career

By |July 12th, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on Taking Both Roads: Continuing Your Education and Career

When you start your career, you might be glad to finally be out of school. You’ve spent a long time learning, and perhaps working to support yourself along the way, but now you’re ready to start forging your own career path. However, just because you’re working full-time, it doesn’t mean your education is necessarily over. Continuing your education in various ways, whether it’s pursuing a degree or taking a short industry course, can help you to build your career and get further than you might be able to without further education. There are several ways you can continue to educate yourself once you’ve got your career off the ground.

Take Training Offered By Employers

One of the best things you can do to help your career is to complete training that your employer offers. Sometimes, they might require you to do some extra training to keep you up to date with their business practices. However, sometimes they might leave you with a choice of whether to complete the training they offer. You should think carefully about whether the training will be useful for you in your current role or your career in the future. It could help you expand your role, get a promotion or look for new work when you’re ready to move on to another employer.

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Consider Continuing Education Classes

Continuing education classes can offer a great option to help you build the skills you need for your career. You can find them at colleges and universities, as well as offered by cities or even some recruitment or industry-specific organizations. You can learn skills needed for your career, as well as other important skills that can come in handy in connection with your job. There are […]

1007, 2017

Why Life On Campus Rocks

By |July 10th, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on Why Life On Campus Rocks

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Despite the rising costs, more and more high school graduates are making the decision to become college students, to keep learning and give themselves the best chance at a better future. It is awesome to read about and we often reflect on our own time there. Of course, deciding on which college isn’t the easiest of decisions to make and one of the biggest factors in their decision is whether to commute to and fro or stay on campus.

Look, they both have their ups and downs, their pros and cons, and everyone is different. However, if life lets you, then we can’t recommend speaking to some local movers and making the transition into campus life. Yes, it is terrifying and daunting and a giant leap into the deep end, but there are so many awesome positives to be had from living on campus, and here are just some of them.

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Freedom

For so many people, this is their first taste of freedom, like real freedom, living on their own and cooking their own meals and doing their washing. Of course, freedom can quite easily go to your head and you can end up eating pizza for breakfast and partying hard. But living on your own is a great way to find out who you are and discovering what balance you enjoy in your life.

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Friends

When you live on campus, you tend to go out of your way to meet people like you, people that you can call your family away from your family. Hallways, class, societies, bus routes; people are everywhere and with each new person you meet, you learn more about life from a new perspective. It is totally enlightening. What’s more, […]

2706, 2017

4 Steps To A Teaching Career

By |June 27th, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on 4 Steps To A Teaching Career

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers out there. Having the chance to mold the brilliant minds of the next generation is an amazing feeling, not to mention you could get paid around $70,000 a year for the privilege. All of that reward comes with a lot of hard work and some people can’t handle it. If you think that you can, there are a few different steps that you can take to get a job as a teacher.

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College

The route that most people take is to get themselves a degree from a four-year college. When it comes to teaching, it doesn’t really matter what you study. It’s more about the transferrable skills that you pick up while you’re there. Obviously, if you do have a certain subject that you are thinking of teaching, it is more sensible to study that. It’ll just make things easier once you start teaching. Beyond that, you should try to focus on getting into the best school that you can. The better the school, the more weight your degree will carry and that will make it far easier to get jobs once you’re fully qualified.

If a four-year college isn’t for you, or you’re looking into a career change later in life, then you could consider online courses. They will let you get a degree in your own time so you can carry on working while you get the qualifications that you need to be a teacher.

Get Experience

Once you’ve got your bachelor’s degree, you should look into trying to get some experience. You won’t be able to move onto the next steps without it. Contact local schools and ask them if they’re willing to let you […]

2206, 2017

Dealing with Data in Higher Education

By |June 22nd, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on Dealing with Data in Higher Education

All educational institutions need to handle data about their staff and students. Colleges and universities are no different, and often have more data to handle than other establishments. They might store information about staff members from different departments and who work in different capacities, current students, prospective students, and alumni. Making sure that you’re handling data responsibly and legally is an essential part of storing this kind of information, which could include sensitive data. It’s important to keep things like contact information or payment details secure. Anyone involved in the handling of this data needs to know how to do so properly.

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Know the Law

The most important thing to do is ensure that the university is following the law when it comes to the storage, sharing, and disposal of any sensitive information. It’s essential to have an understanding of the relevant local law and how it applies to your institution. This can sometimes be a little complicated. In the US, there is no single federal framework that sets out rules for data protection. However, there are laws at both federal and state level which can inform you of your responsibilities. There are also some governmental guidelines to follow, but they are regarded as best practices, rather than laws.

Use the Right Software

Managing a great deal of data can be difficult. The more data you have, the more it could be hard to follow the law and manage it responsibly. Having the right software to manage the data you collect can help to make things easier. If you need software for data management, you might be interested in PeopleSoft for universities. It can bring all your data together in one place to make it more accessible and easier […]

906, 2017

Getting a Good Education Cheap

By |June 9th, 2017|Education, XPC|Comments Off on Getting a Good Education Cheap

The average cost of higher education in the USA is now in excess of $33,00, and if you’re attending one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, it will be much more than that. Although there’s no way of getting around the fact that you will have to pay for higher education, there are some things you can do to ensure you get a good education much cheaper. Here are some of them:

Think About Whether College is Really for You?

I know, I know! It’s almost sacrilege to say that you don’t want to go to college, but the truth is, it just isn’t for everyone and for many people, getting practical training, learning on the job will be a better option, it’ll also be a cheaper one too!

Study with Open Courseware

If you need to have a  degree to gain entry onto your career path of choice, this one won’t be for you, but if you plan to set up your own business, work as a freelancer or work your way up from an entry-level job, using open courseware to teach you the skills you require is a great option, and in many cases it’s free. In fact, you can even take courses from MIT free online, and although not all courses give you any credit if you simply want to learn so that you can apply various skills, and you don’t need a piece of paper to improve your options, they are pretty great.

Distance Learning

More and more colleges are offering distance learning options, which typically cost a fraction of the price of a college course, where you have to attend campus. Whether you want to do an online masters in clinical mental health counseling, […]