Does College Really Matter?

Be a knowledgeable consumer of education
The plain truth about higher education. This blog has many links to help you make important decisions. Nickolas Fleezanis - Earned his PhD in 2001 from Michigan State University. The author has forty years of experience in education, the majority of it spent in higher education. He has held positions that ranged from campus president to student advisor. He hopes this blog will assist you in making a very important decision about about your education.
  • September 2, 2014 11:46 pm

    You Can Safe Money When Buying Textbooks

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    The cost of college textbooks has risen over the last ten years to the point where they are in competition with the inflated tuition costs student are faced with.  But there are ways to curb these exorbitant text book costs.

    Make sure what the professor wants for his class, which might include class notes or extra reading materials.  A personal contact is best to see exactly what is required for the course.  An older edition may suffice if there have not been significant changes according to the faculty member.

    A trip to the college bookstore is a good idea to also corroborate the essential materials for the course.  Eliminate any unnecessary course materials by reviewing what is on hand at the bookstore.  Also gives you a chance to compare prices due to the mark-up that college bookstores include in the price of the textbook.  Compare prices on ebay, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel.  Also check for used books in the bookstore.

    Check online for deals on textbooks.  However be careful on delivery dates of the book to insure you have the text in time for the start of class and don’t fall behind in the class work.  Be sure your buying the correct edition of the class text and have the correct title.  Some book sellers are also offering texts to rent.  This could be a real money saver if returned on time to avoid late fees.

    Selling your book back to the bookstore or to a fellow student can also save you money.  But be sure to do this in plenty of time before the start of the next school term or semester.

    The idea that paper hardbound college textbooks will be a thing of the past is still up for debate.  Electronic textbooks have definite advantages other then saving trees.  Updating them is much easier and they can be more specifically arranged for a particular class and faculty member.  But until the publishers find a method of making money on electronic textbooks,  you’ll still see the paper back or hardcover text being used.  Always remember it takes an educated consumer to get the most out of your education and save money as well.

    Information for this blog was taken from a FORBES blog (8/28/2014) written by Reyna Gobel, who writes about how to select colleges and how to pay for them.

  • July 19, 2014 2:02 pm

    College Degrees Are Taking Longer To Finish

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    It used to be that a bachelor’s degree took four years to finish.  More and more students are taking longer to finish their degree, in some cases taking six years to finish.  This not only adds time to completion, but a hefty cost due to the fact that much of the financial-aid does not cover a fifth or sixth year of a bachelor’s degree.  Therefore it behooves you to be very careful in class selections and timing to be sure you can finish in the four year time frame.

    Developing a close relationship with your adviser is a start and using the institutions’ automated degree audit system or advisement software is essential.  The following article published by the Bridge electronic magazine, by the Center for Michigan is a good start to your gaining the knowledge necessary to complete on time.

    http://bridgemi.com/2014/07/the-five-year-four-year-degree/

  • June 23, 2014 4:31 pm

    What Will The Cloud Do With You?

    With the advent of more powerful and complex cloud technologies, it would not surprise me that colleges and universities use this technology to determine who is admitted and who will persist to graduation.  Institutions of higher education (IHE) are harvesting more and more data on their enrolled and prospective students.  As this data becomes more dense and sophisticated, cloud scientists and programmers will develop algorithms that will determine which students are likeliest to succeed.  The Datacentre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software market is growing at an astounding rate of 39%, and by the year 2015 will be a $1.3 business!

    So you see if colleges and universities are to stay in business, they must get on this band wagon.  They’ll spend the bucks to installed this software and utilize it to enhance their business cycle and streamline their operations just to stay in business.  So don’t be surprised if the admissions committee is replaced by the “Cloud Admission Decision Software”!

    Just trying to keep you ahead of the curve in making your decisions.

  • June 19, 2014 10:46 am

    Automated College Advisement

    It seems that many colleges and universities are implementing or have implemented software based college navigation systems.  These were around when I was an administrator, but they were far less sophisticated then they are today.  Predictive analytical software will allow a student to get advice on courses to take and even how well they might do in these courses!  So it pays to find out if the particular college that your interested in has this type of technology in place and how effective it is.  This technology coupled with sound human advisement will greatly increase your chances of completing a degree.   Once again, an educated consumer makes wise choices.

  • June 11, 2014 7:32 pm

    Very Few Students Pay Back Loans With Alternate Means

    The Department of Education listed data that indicated that a small percentage of students are using alternate means to pay back their student loans.

    Something is very wrong here.  The level of default on student loans is rising and with over 1.2 trillion dollars outstanding in student loans - we are heading for big trouble as a nation!

  • May 10, 2014 12:45 pm

    Does It Make A difference If you Went to Harvard?

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    Author and higher education guru Jeff Selingo writes a very interesting article about the choice of college or university you make, and how it effects your life.  A very interesting read with supporting data.  Educated consumers make the right choices!  Read the article at the URL below:

    http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140506113915-17000124-it-really-doesn-t-matter-to-your-well-being-if-you-went-to-harvard-or-state-u

  • April 30, 2014 9:33 pm

    Sorry For The Long Blog Lapse

    I have moved to the glorious confines of northern Michigan.  But the relocation took it’s toll on me and my blogging.  But I’m am here now to rant on how colleges and universities have abused those they serve and employee. 

    Not only are students burdened with exorbitant tuition and fees, but face a total failure to support when they find themselves sexually assaulted on or off campus!  On top of these flagrant abuses they also see fit to pay their part-time faculty slave wages forcing many to apply for food stamps and other government assistance! 

    Mean while college presidents are making  six figure salaries and athletic directors and coaches are also making obscene salaries.  Higher education has lost its way and taken on a mission that is not only abusive, but ignores the real needs of its students and the majority of the faculty that teach them.

    I am afraid that a day of reckoning is coming for many marginal institutions who will see their enrollment continue to dwindle forcing them to close their doors.

    As a well educated consumer of education, choose your college wisely and make sure it works for you!