Preparing Children in Other Countries for U.S. Higher Education


If you live in another country, whether you are homeschooling or your child’s school asks how they can help meet the goals you have for your children, you may be interested in the Common Core Curriculum Maps: http://commoncore.org/maps/ if you are considering sending your children to a U.S. College or University. Forty-six of the United States are adopting Common Core, so having educational experiences that meet these standards will help your children when they apply for admission.

It is also helpful to Google Colleges or Universities that you may be interested in. Click on their admissions requirements.  Then click on International Students to find out more.  You should be able to learn more about requirements for international applicants, how to submit appropriate documents, what test scores you will need and whether or not you will be tested for your English language ability. 

If your children have dual citizenship with the U.S., that could be an advanatge with regard to fees.  If not, you may want to consider relocating to the United States, to the state they will attend school a year or two before they will begin their higher education.  In most cases a year or two as a state resident will prevent “out of state” fees (which are sometimes triple the cost they would be if you had been a resident for 24-48 months).  Again, look at the college’s website to get all the details.  Follow up by calling an admissions counselor if the site is ambiguous. If you need help with this process, I will be happy to serve your needs by making calls, sending letters, and assisting you in the process of working toward your family’s goals.  

Why Does Higher Education Lack Wisdom?


As mother of a 16 year old college student who complains about a system that isn’t challenging, I LOVE this post! My son’s chief complaint is that the system seems to be geared toward getting credentials and nothing more. He wants something of value and I continue to pray that he finds it. Common Core is setting standards for K-12 education to provide a more substantial educational experience. What will it take for American public colleges and universities to do likewise?

Are We Doing More Than Counting Caps and Gowns Yet?


A couple of years ago, it was noted by the American Federation of Teachers that there was a need for more and better student-centered research on the causes of student persistence problems in college. A pdf / pamphlet Student Persistance in College: More Than Counting Caps and Gowns by the AFT on Higher Education said “We need to look more closely at why students drop out, or take a long time to graduate, to know how best to apply our efforts. The Institute of Education Sciences should have this topic near the top of its research agenda. To help strengthen research efforts, Congress should consider broadening the charter of the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. In addition to providing policy guidance on postsecondary access and early outreach, the committee could be charged with advising policymakers on student success and degree completion. This would round out the committee’s mission as specified in the Higher Education Act and better reflect the complex task of assuring college opportunities for low-and moderate-income students.”

Take a look at the links and see where we are now: