…and no, you don’t need to be trained in special education to do so.

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Early on in my career I had a student who came to me with a learning accommodation. They shared it with me, but only after the rest of the class had left and it was in a closed envelope. At first, I thought they were withdrawing from the course, as I had already noticed an apparent decline in interest in the course and capacity for meeting the written requirements of college students I had met before. Instead, it was an accommodation form signed by the campus…

We caught up with Boston University rising senior Pooja Peravali to answer this question, and more!

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Health Science is a multi-disciplinary major that studies the natural, behavioral, and social sciences to approach health from a broad and varied perspective. Students who study this major can enter into a wide array of fields, including medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, and the various branches of public health. This major is a good fit for those who are interested in the broader factors of healthcare and the betterment of communities, as well as those with strong analytical and research skills.

We connected with Pooja Peravali, a rising senior at Boston University. She spoke with us at length about her decision…

A call to arms for current and emerging scholar-activists.

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The history of student activism in the United States dates back to the 1600s, when Harvard students protested against the leadership practices of the university president. Since then, college students have continued to protest for issues based both on and off campus, reaching a peak during the civil rights era of the 1960s. However, today, a 2020 survey suggests, only about 50% of college students consider themselves to be somewhat engaged in politics and activism.

We believe this needs to change. Colleges and universities are a place of higher education, but learning does not involve only material taught in a…

Summer will be over before you know it. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how you can safely and sanely resume business as unusual.

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Summer could not have come any sooner for most of us working and learning in the higher education system. This last year was bad…I mean really bad. Hundreds of thousands of our colleagues lost their jobs, many permanently. Millions of college students suffered through being held captive by a Zoom screen, forced to produce unreasonable amounts of discussion boards and quizzes with very little pedagogical value. Parents and spouses suffered, too, as they saw their student or cog in the educational wheel be forced to endure what amounts to the most deleterious academic year in modern history. …

All of our scholars use these resources in some combination and we maintain a 100% admissions rate.

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Autumn may be the season of college applications, but summer is the season for prepping for them. Applying to college can be a daunting task and choosing what colleges to apply to is harder than ever due to the pandemic. Here, we’ve curated a list of online resources that can help you make your decision and start off your admissions process.

1. College Websites

This is a little bit of a no-brainer, perhaps, but the value of your college’s website cannot be reiterated enough. Certainly, a precursory glance will tell you about admissions stats and requirements. But spend some time…

The troubled past and present of what has become a standardized barrier to education for millions of hopeful young (and old) scholars

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Today, standardized testing is ubiquitous in the college admissions process at most schools, be it the SAT or ACT. It is meant to provide a level playing field for students to display their foundational math and English skills, and make it simple for colleges to compare their abilities. However, the truth is darker and more complicated. The murky past of standardized testing means that it continues to be problematic and furthers inequality even today.

The precursor to standardized…

Colleges Continue to Win Pandemic Tuition Lawsuits Against Their Students. But why?

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The news cycle over the past year has been filled with reports of students filing lawsuits against their colleges and universities, trying to collect tuition refunds. Now the verdicts are coming in — and colleges and universities are usually winning. But why is this?

During the pandemic, many schools went virtual with their classes. With this vanished much of the in-person college experience and, according to some students, the quality of education went downhill as well. …

What it takes to support underrepresented students in the 21st Century.

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Educators who use the social reconstructionist ideology (SRI) to guide their pedagogy are among the more critical of the social order as it influences and impacts education systems and institutions. A researcher using SRI is more likely to assume a number of social problems exist and they influence schools, teachers, students, families, and communities in ways that affect the entire academic community of an institution (Schiro, 2013). From a more macro view, it could be argued that, at least in the United States, the institutions share a structure in the American education system and are thus linked together. …

We, educators, need to take the power back from corporations and administrators.

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Scholar academics are in control of the information deemed relevant and necessary to disciplines. By extension, scholar academics also chart the best route for conveying this information to pupils (Schrio, 2013). Scholar academics believe all external affairs of society including, but not limited to economic, political, governmental, and social should not be allowed to influence that which occurs in the classroom (Schiro, 2013). When it comes to determining what knowledge is, scholar academics are stewards and curators of the disciplines determining that which is allowed in (Schiro, 2013). Scholar academics are also tasked with the responsible progression of the discipline…

How socialization and racial bias combine to create disproportionately negative educational outcomes for students of color.

All levels of education are dominated by White teachers in the classroom. In Chicago, “52% of CPS teachers are white, 21% are African American and 20% Latino, while the student population is 90% black, Latino and other children of color.” Interestingly, the student population is striking different, with, “…less than 10 percent of enrolled CPS students are white, while 39 percent are black and 46 percent are Hispanic.” As a White male who was raised in a Midwestern suburb, every single teacher I had from K-12 was White. Nearly every one of my friends were White. Today, as an educator…

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