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EDUCATION


By Marvin Greene mgreene@ccgmag.com


WHY MINORITY STUDENTS FAIL AND HOW TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE DESPITE THE OBSTACLES


A SELECTION OF TIPS AND ADVICE FROM AROUND THE WEB


Low graduation rates among minority college students have been a cause of grave concern in recent years. But for minority students intent on succeeding through college as undergraduates and graduate students, there’s no shortage of tips for achievement.


Here’s a roundup of tips and advice for attaining success from around the Web.


College Achievement In searching for practical advice about college achievement, the website campusexplorer.com is a good place to start.


In a section titled “Your College Search,” links to a plethora of articles will get you on your way, such as:


 “The Impact of Diversity on Campus,”  “How to Choose a College Major,”  “8 College Resources for Minority Students,” and  “The Pros and Cons of Using College Rankings”


Financial Resources With many minority students characterized as first-generation and low-income students, acquiring financial resources for college is deemed critical to success.


The Lumina Foundation, a private foundation that seeks to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025, has funded a series of policy papers that explore models of student financial support.


While these papers do not necessarily go into the nuts-and- bolts of applying for aid, they serve to put a spotlight on the college-funding landscape.


In one April 2014 report, “College Costs: Students Can’t Afford Not to Know,” the authors note that the costs of attending college have risen and continue to rise quickly. The report suggests that students and their families that receive financial aid via grants, loans, and other forms need to have an understanding of the costs.


20 HISPANIC ENGINEER & Information Technology | Fall 2015 Always attend the


“real” class, and use the Internet one for review.


If it’s either take out a loan or quit school, take out a loan. The


more time you take off from college, the lower the chances are of you returning to it.


As for specific financial aid tips, the Peterson’s website, which provides educational content and is part of the Nelnet Inc. organization that services student loans, offers advice to parents and students to help them get through the maze of educational funding.


“50 tips for succeeding in college” As noted, success in college shouldn’t be confined to the classroom. Psychotherapist and author Stephanie Sarkis, a contributor to The Huffington Post, put together 50 tips for succeeding in college. Many are in the “miscellaneous” category that Sarkis said she learned as a college student and professor.


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