April 2018 Counselor News
There is time to sign up for this year’s Counselors' Breakfast, which will be held on May 3 in Plymouth. Ask admissions representatives from our member institutions questions and learn what’s happening on their campuses. And, yes, eat some breakfast while you’re at it. Both the event and the parking are free. Learn more and register.
Students and families can now register for the free event, which runs June 25-29 this year. Sessions are held twice daily on all 17 of our campuses across the state from 9:30 to noon and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These introductory campus tours and informational meetings often serve as a first step to help students discover just what their looking for in a college — especially if they’re early in the college search. If families have questions about the event, please direct them to our frequently asked questions.
Importance of visiting more than one college
Parents and students who have come in past years tell us how much they liked going on more than one visit. In fact, of those we surveyed, only two percent felt they had taken too many — and nearly half actually wished they had gone on more. Minnesota Private College Week makes it easy for students and families to visit multiple campuses in a day or during the week.
Bringing a large group of students to Minnesota Private College Week?
We’ve created an offline group visit registration spreadsheet to streamline the process if you need to register a large number of students. You can find it under “Registration is highly recommended” on our website. Also be sure to check out our helpful advice on coordinating group summer visits.
Need to get the word out? The Council has a number of free resources on our website to help you.
Many middle-income families feel like they’re caught between a rock and hard place: They make too much to qualify for much need-based aid, but not enough to foot the entire college bill. The Council recently wrote an article on how middle-income families are paying for college. You can find the piece in the spring issue of our parent e-newsletter. Please consider sharing it with parents.
We hear a lot about class size and teacher-student interaction in elementary, middle and high school. It’s just as important in higher education.
At our colleges, it’s easy to take for granted that professors keep their doors open and are available to students when they have questions or need advice or guidance. But that doesn’t happen everywhere — especially if classes are very large or taught by graduate assistants instead of Ph.D. faculty, as is often the case at large research institutions.
“There’s a community here,” said Pete Federer, faculty member and economics department chair at Macalester College. “We really push these kids hard, at Mac and in our department in particular, and the personal interaction we have with them as professors helps them and supports them emotionally, at a human level.”
And that undergrad-faculty interaction does matter. The contact in and outside the classroom can add up, with professors able to help students consider career options and speak up for the students.
It’s easy to forget with all the talk of majors in the media, but soft skills matter far more to employers when hiring new grads — with oral and written communication skills at the top of the list.
“When you look at the most listed skills, both hard and soft ones, almost all are soft skills,” said Sara Johnson, employer and alumni relations manager at Concordia College. “These are really people skills. Employers are looking for a good quality candidate with problem solving abilities who can be creative, who can be analytical and who can take that information and articulate it.”
Students don’t plan to take more than four years to graduate, but the reality is that many do — and that means footing the bill for additional years of tuition. It also means that students are losing out on income because they’re starting their careers later. That’s why graduation rates matter, and why it’s important when comparing college costs to consider how long a student will likely take to earn a degree.
Graduating on time often comes down to how many classes the student takes each semester. Some students are more motivated than others to take a full-load of classes; others simply don’t realize that they need to in order to graduate in four years. But our 17 member colleges work very hard to keep students on track. As a result, we have the best grad rate in the state and the Midwest as well as the third highest nationwide.
The Council provides helpful information on the college planning process for parents of middle and high school students through our free The Bridge: Parent News e-newsletter. Published each quarter, it provides both general information that parents might find useful as well as details specific to our colleges. Past issues along with a sign up can be found at mnprivatecolleges.org/parents.
We also have a section of our website just for parents of middle schoolers to help them get started on planning and preparing for college.
Please considering sharing both these resources with parents.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg convenes conversation in applied ethics on "just sustainabilities"
Augsburg University welcomed Tufts University Professor Julian Agyeman who presented on "Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning, and Practice."
New Bethany education programs receive state approval
Bethany Lutheran College has received formal approval from the state for a new special education major and an endorsement program for pre-primary grades.
Bethel announces partnership with Thrivent Financial
Bethel University students will invest over $1 million on behalf of Thrivent and individual donors through the new Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).
Carleton's Chris Anisowicz creates solar-powered summer program
Carleton College football player turns passion for learning into program that teaches others about solar energy in a fun, unique educational model.
Saint Ben's dance team records two top-10 finishes at nationals
The College of Saint Benedict finished third in Open Pom and sixth in Open Jazz at the UDA College Nationals in Orlando, Florida.
St. Scholastica program to improve rural healthcare
The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year federal grant to fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership for Northeastern Minnesota for enhanced placement of nurse practitioner and expanded educational opportunities for rural primary care providers.
Concordia receives Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant
Concordia College (Moorhead) received an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support diversity, community engagement and learning beyond the classroom.
CSP marketing students compete in National Grocers Association Competition
Concordia University, St. Paul marketing seniors recently competed in the National Grocers Association student marketing competition in Las Vegas.
Gustavus professor-student collaboration produces documentary on Somali-Americans
Gustavus Adolphus College professor Martin Lang teamed up with a student to create a documentary on the lives of Somali-Americans in south central Minnesota.
Hamline professors collaborate with Minneapolis neighborhood
Hamline University criminal justice professors partner with the City of Minneapolis and the Little Earth community to implement crime reduction strategies.
Danai Gurira, Macalester graduate and Black Panther star, embraces her Zimbabwean name
Gurira, a 2001 Macalester College graduate, didn't know her name was Danai until she was five years old and has penned an article for GLAMOUR on learning to embrace it.
Works by MCAD's alums and professor reinstated on Nicollet Mall
Works by Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni Ta-coumba Aiken and George Morrison, as well as Professor Emeritus Kinji Akagawa, have been reinstated along Nicollet Avenue upon the completion
Saint John's senior John Oliver featured on FOX 9 TV
The one-handed Saint John's University basketball player plays key role on conference championship team.
Saint Mary's University forms center for culturally responsive engagement
To help bridge the equity gaps that exist nationally throughout our schools, organizations and communities, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has created the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement.
St. Kate's students earn distinguished honors
St. Catherine University students Erin Nelsen ’20 and Andrea Duarte ’19 have earned a competitive summer internship with the U.S. Department of State and a Truman Scholarship, respectively.
St. Olaf brings its classes into the community
St. Olaf College's Academic Civic Engagement program gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings through courses like this January's Engineering Design Practicum.
The University of St. Thomas will host a premier national undergraduate business competition in April. The Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge will award $250,000 in cash prizes.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
Academic rigor linked to alumni perceptions of college value
Gallup, Feb. 26, 2018
New research offers hope to first-generation college grads
The Hechinger Report, Feb. 27, 2018
Technical or cultural courses? Students need both
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 4, 2018
How to find a college you’ll love
Washington Post, Mar. 17, 2018
We must offer underprivileged students more than a meager ‘stay in school’
The Hechinger Report, Mar. 20, 2018