Four Keys to Getting the Best Value Out of College

Published August 15, 2016

Collaboration and a focus on the future help maximize the collegiate experience.

With an estimated 22 million students attending U.S. colleges and universities this fall, the demands and expectations of higher education are on the rise. Students, educators, universities and educational companies must work together for the college experience to reach its full potential. This shared responsibility requires a unifying mindset and a common goal – unlock the potential of every learner.

Here are four important ideas that everyone should keep in mind as we aim to help students thrive:

  1. Maintain a future-value focus. Because college is an investment, the benefits should extend far beyond the years spent in classes. | "Saddening: Women Say Colleges Not Preparing Them for a Career" in eCampus News

    Peter Cohen's Quote for eCampus News
  2. Start off on the right foot with achievable goals. Initial course placement has a long-term impact on the success of new college students. | "Let’s Focus on Student Success" in The Hill

    Heath Morrison's Quote for The Hill
  3. Take time to learn outside the classroom. Self-driven, experiential learning is often the most valuable. | Remarks at Columbia University SPS graduation ceremony

    David Levin's Quote for Columbia SPS
  4. Remember that graduation matters. Getting students into college is important, but the real long-term value is in the degree. | "Expanding Access to College Isn’t Enough. Students Need to Graduate." In Huffington Post

    David Levin's Quote for Huffington Post

Maximizing the college experience requires collaboration and cooperation from everyone involved. With the right support and learning opportunities, all students can get the education they deserve and enter the next stage of their lives with confidence.

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