From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

Applying for college financial aid can be a maddening process, and nothing better illustrates the point than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. For those unfamiliar with it, the FAFSA serves as a kind of documental master key ...

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

Tradition dictates that students begin college in the fall term following their graduation from high school. An increasing number are choosing another path, though, delaying the start of their postsecondary studies for up to a year. The so-called ...

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

In her new book, “Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost,” anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom documents how the rising cost of college is fundamentally transforming the character of middle-class family life. Based on interviews with more tha...

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

As recently as the 1980s, vocational training was the Rodney Dangerfield of postsecondary education. To the extent it was acknowledged at all, it got little respect in policy circles, and fared worse with the public – the byproduct of a decades-long ...

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

Fostering an interest in college among children has long been the province of high school teachers. Increasingly, however, educators are opting to begin the process much earlier, in some cases during the first years of elementary school. This is a we...

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

From the Desk of Victoria Juarez

“Know your target market” is a familiar bit of first-order advice for enterprises large and small. Are colleges and universities heeding this axiom when it comes to students? Pop culture stereotypes aside, not all college students are recent high ...