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Peer Advising: Benefits and Challenges

by Alina Fein and Wendy Fischman In many ways, the African adage “it takes a village to raise a child” also applies to college-age students. In speaking with graduating students from many different institutions about their college experience, one would be hard-pressed to find a student who managed to get through the undergraduate years without any […]

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To Belong, or Not To Belong: That Is The Question

by Wendy Fischman What is the most transformative educational experience you have had to date? In our national study of higher education, we posed this question to individuals across 10 disparate colleges and universities. Students (incoming and graduating), faculty, young alums, trustees, parents, and job recruiters gave a predictable wide range of responses—specific college courses, […]

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Advising for Students: A Problem or Solution?

by Wendy Fischman Students go to college for various reasons. Some want to pursue a particular academic interest or passion, possibly one in which they may specialize thereafter in graduate school. For others, college is simply the obvious next step after high school; in the absence of a particular academic goal, they may want to […]

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Why So Many Students Spurn $50/hour ($100K/year)

by Howard Gardner In our large national study of higher education, we sought the participation of 1000 students (100 at each campus).  We proposed to interview students for about an hour, asking them a range of questions about their college experience. Standard practice in the field of interviewing is to pay students $20-25 an hour; […]

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What’s in a Name? The Puzzle of the Liberal Arts

by Sophie Blumert At the end of every interview in our national study of higher education, we ask the same question: “What does the phrase ‘liberal arts’ mean to you?” We find that many answers left much to be desired—students across diverse campuses have only the vaguest ideas about what the liberal arts are, or […]

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