How To Selecting College

For many high schools juniors and seniors, selecting a college is the biggest decision they have ever had to make. It can be an emotional decision and of course, a financial one. To find the best college for you takes time and research. There are certainly a lot of steps in selecting a college but here are five that you should consider.

1. Determine What You Want to Do: Do you know what field of study you would like to focus on? If you are exploring careers, reach out to people who are already working in those areas. For example, if you wish to become a veterinarian, interview several veterinarians to learn what they do. Ask them how they like their job, what are their day-to-day duties, etc. In whatever field you chose, it’s important to understand what you would be getting into.

2. Conduct Your Research: Research multiple colleges to determine which one will meet your need. Finding the college that meets your needs is one of the most important decisions in the college selection process. You don’t have to attend one of “name brand” schools if they don’t fit your needs. Your needs fall into several categories such as career needs, financial needs and possibly location needs. Do you want to attend a large school or a school with a small student population? Do want to attend an all male or female institution? These and others are the type of needs you will need to research to make a decision.

3. Financial Documents: Make sure you have completed all of the required financial paperwork that your school requires. The majority of colleges will need for you to complete the FAFSA application. Get started early in gathering and completing your financial paperwork because it can help to relieve stress as you narrow your collegiate choices.

4. Find Money: College is expensive. Determining how to pay for it can be a stressful process. Start early applying for scholarships. There are multiple sites such as FastWeb and Scholarships.com where you can research scholarships. You will also have to decide if you will pursue college loans. If you chose this route, make sure you understand that college debt can be a hindrance after you graduate because you are obligated to pay the loan back. So think about this decision carefully.

5. Be Selective: After you conduct your research you will then have to narrow your choices down to a few colleges. You don’t want to waste time applying to colleges that don’t fit your needs. So be selective in picking colleges that you really want to attend. Make sure these colleges fit your needs and are ones that will help you obtain the career you are seeking.

While knowing what you want to do for a career is important, there are times when you may be undecided, and that’s fine also. Many times you can use your freshman or sophomore years in college to help you select a major. Do not let the fear of not knowing what to do stop you from achieving your dreams of a college degree. Explore, ask questions, and learn from your experiences. Your dream of a college degree can come true.

The Role Of Higher Education

Changes in operational procedure, management styles and services offered to clients and customers characterize many places of employment. An examination of the internet and other media reveals the rapid development of new products and seamless modifications of existing ones. A factor which caused major changes in people’s income, lifestyle and attitude, is the disruptions in the world’s financial market. Given the fact that change is a global reality, one role of higher education institutions is to enable students to not just function effectively in rapidly changing workplace environments, but to become reflective agents of change.

Being a reflective agent of change

Broadly speaking, a reflective agent of change makes use of reflection in the process of effecting change. Specifically, it involves both cognitive and affective processes such as employing self-directed critical thinking as a means of improving workplace conditions policies and procedures. The reflective agent of change develops an ‘uneasiness’ about protocol, process and procedure which leads to questioning of these aspects of the workplace, trying out new strategies and ideas, seeking alternatives, and using higher-order-thinking skills. The development and use of self-directed critical thinking and ongoing critical inquiry will also result in greater understanding of the workplace. This kind of knowledge is critical to the implementation of appropriate changes in the workplace because, successful changes to policies or procedure depend on knowledge of the nuances, thinking of the employers and employees and overall ethos of the workplace.

Secondly, being a reflective agent of change also involves the use of one’s affective skills as a means of improving practice. Markham (1999), points out that this includes the use of personal intuition, initiative, values, and experiences in the process of making sound judgment and decisions. If affective skills are honed, they will improve one’s ability to react, respond, assess, revise, and implement new approaches and activities.

Thirdly, being a reflective agent of change also requires a willingness to confront the uncertainties of one’s philosophies which undergird judgments, decisions and ideas for change. This is developed by examining ‘self’, personal competences and personal philosophies in a collaborative manner involving receiving, and giving feedback to colleagues

Developing reflective agents of change

From personal research in the area of reflection and reflective teaching (Minott 2009), I conclude that everyone has the capacity to reflect, for reflection is an element of being human. However, I also agree with Posner (1989) that there are ‘more’ or ‘less’ reflective individuals, hence there are ‘more’ or ‘less’ reflective students. This conclusion also highlights the fact that there are those who, for any number of reasons, for example, training or a lack of training in reflective techniques, or personal disposition and likeness or dislike for reflection, emerges as being either ‘more’ or ‘less’ reflective. Therefore, three things are required to develop students as reflective agents of change.

Firstly, there is the need to ascertain their belief and disposition on the matter of reflection. Again personal research (Minott 2009) as confirmed by popular theories, that students’ belief can hinder or help. In this process, it is important to help students to bring their embedded beliefs, values and assumptions about reflection to the fore for examination before beginning the process of encouraging their reflective skills.

Secondly, there is the need to develop students’ proficiency in the use of the techniques and tools of reflection. This includes the use of reflective journal writing, collaborative exercises, the use of questions, and what to question.

Thirdly, there is the need to encourage the affective or intuitive aspect of the practice, for example, sensitivity to factors that make particular ways of operating more or less appropriate, willingness and the capacity to ‘research’ their own work, and an awareness that the choices they make on the job are shaped by their belief.

Institution For Community Governance

Ronald Barnett in his book “The Idea of Higher Education” says that governance of institutions of higher education which includes policy-making and strategic planning should be an expression of the will of the entire academic community. He states that boards of directors and vice chancellors are primarily interested in financial status, the essentials for operating, and that over endorsing the use of performance indicators and systems of appraisals is likely to diminish the feeling of community throughout an institution. When Barnett uses the term “community of scholars” he means a group of academicians/scholars having an internal culture of sharing and a common set of interests. Developing this “community” in universities can be realised, but can be hampered by managers whose primary focus is the cost and essentials of operating.

As I reflect on Barnett’s book and statements, I realise that a participatory approach manifested in a collaborative form of internal government is generally an excellent principle to guide the management of higher education institutions. Indeed there are benefits to employing a participatory approach to higher education governance. Doing so aids in establishing a balance between administrative and scholastic interests and also maintains the feeling of “community” in an institution. Additionally, if the faculty is allowed to participate in the development of policies and the governing body implements these policies harmony will be the result.

What I am advocating is a process of amalgamation of faculty and staff involvement, faculty resources and managerial techniques in the governance of an institution. Specifically, this requires four things: firstly, staff and faculty commenting on areas such as the use and distribution of funds and the effective use of resources; secondly, the development of a process of soliciting their opinions and comments; thirdly, ensuring that opinions and comments are taken into account when implementing policies and making decisions which affect the entire academic community; fourthly, if a collaborative form of internal government is to be truly successful, it requires the use of appraisal schemes aimed at balancing managerial techniques with faculty and staff involvement in governance. This appraisal scheme will also serve the purpose of determining the extent to which the views of the academic community are being considered.

Globally, there are many issues facing those who lead higher education institutions. These include the need to receive government and research funding in order to operate effectively and to show that the institution is not an ivory tower but is relevant and responsive to the needs of the local community. The need to provide training and expertise in developing a knowledgeable labour force that is equipped to participate in the development of local and national goals is also important. Another issue that is real to any institution of higher education, especially in the developing world, is that of resources and the growing demands placed on those institutions to be self-sufficient, accountable and produce more with less.

These and other issues faced by institutions of higher education might encourage boards of governors to focus on the financial status and essentials of operating. However, to successfully navigate these issues requires a tempering of the control exhibited by boards with staff involvement. In other words, there is a need for a collaborative form of internal government in higher education institutions. For indeed, more wisdom can be garnered from a group of people than from a single individual armed only with managerial techniques.

Tips To Get Into US Universities

The United States of America is the world’s largest educational hub for the students around the world with an approximate 1,000,000 participation so far in different courses. The stat says, 5% of the aspirants in higher studies are from different part of the world, and it implies education system of the nation is top-notch; which has been mainstream of many success stories around the globe since a long ago. We can say that these numbers are not going to find a pause at least for next few years though!

The boundless reasons and opportunities attract the students to spend precious time in the USA to pursue undergraduate and graduate level programs. However, one should know the benefits and offers provided by the USA to the International student. Nevertheless, it would help to plan the journey in a smooth way.

On the other hand, an aspirant should be thoughtful about the decision to study abroad; perhaps the lack of transparency in approach would lead to tiff situations.

The ideal way to prepare for the big day:

It’s a dream for many to study in the US, and it’s not as easy as eating cherry on a chocolate cake. The process starts by filling an application form and understanding the guidelines to be a part of the certain course. On the other hand, competition environment demands the student to prepare for the entrance tests even before joining the university or college. Thus, patience and self-belief are essential to be in the race; eventually, your hard work and consistency can bring a smile to your face during result time.

Moving further, gathering informative details about the college/university helps you to make a firm decision on your selection, also you will have a clear thought about your preference. Hence, the collected information would be your guide to make your next move.

The meaning of the life comes into the picture when you take a brave step to face the new situations as a challenge. When an individual chooses to change the way he/she lived, ate, spoke and led the life, it results in the change in an approach of that person towards the society. In the same way, aspirants who are anticipating to move abroad might leave their home out of the blue, possibly without any clue about the life in other parts of the world. When they touch base in their new host nation, they are entranced by the new breeze, and new environment though, but the difference will be felt from the day one. Self-enlightenment would help you to adjust the routine cycle; however, you don’t need to plan anything before catching your flight to your destination but you should be mentally prepared for the new beginning.

And then again you will find that you have an opportunity to live the life which you dreamt off and appreciate the people around you and their culture, hence it could be a new version of yourself.

Maybe the adjustments and routine in a new place are basic, academics are imperative to plan your next few years in the country. Perhaps then there is a small hook between two different parts of your life which interconnects the whole system and you will experience it when you start realizing the correlation. This could be the reason why education system in the US is certain about giving prominence to the balance in a routine of the student. So, the dominance of the academics in student’s daily do is balanced with free time.

If you are capable of understanding self within, you will be a winner of any situation and take your own decision to lead the life in a sensible way. To make this happen; education is necessary, when you choose to travel abroad you are half done with your journey, and the life will treat you as a responsible person.