College Students Offer Real-World Advice

With thousands of schools offering certificates and degrees, the task of planning for higher education can seem overwhelming. In this education planning guide, college students who have a degree of experience share their advice, ranging from how to choose …
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Higher GPA Linked With Conscientiousness

People who are conscientious were more likely to have higher grade point averages compared to those who are not, according to a new study by Rice University psychologists. They examine previous studies that research the link between the “Big Five” personality traits -agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism and openness to experience – and college grade point average.

It found that across studies, higher levels of conscientiousness lead to higher college grade point averages. It also showed that five common personality tests are consistent in their evaluation of the “Big Five” personality traits; all five measures found a positive correlation between conscientiousness and grade point average and virtually no correlation between the other four personality traits and grade point average.

According to Sam McAbee, a psychology graduate student at Rice and the study’s lead author, the study has important implications for college admission offices and employers, who use personality tests to measure an individual’s capacity for success.

“Research on these personality tests helps us gain a better understanding of how various personality traits may affect academic outcomes and other important life outcomes,” McAbee said.

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The Importance of Grade Point Average

How important is grade point average in the college admissions process? For many colleges, the number isn’t as telling as putting it into context. Comments from Facebook: Don’t confuse some admissions officials’ comments referring to a high …
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Why College Is a Worthwhile Investment

“Economists have always focused on the concept of education as an investment that, on average, pays off well over the long term, for both individual students and society as a whole. Yet many families lack faith in the idea.” (IHEP, “Is College …
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College Education Is Key To Success In Life

Despite the rising cost of tuition, more than 80 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 agree that one of the most important keys to success in life is a college education, according to the …
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College Education A Must

In her story in Newsweek Magazine, Megan McArdle asks whether a college education is still worth it. After years of massive price inflation it is now ridiculously expensive: even if it made perfect …
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Is a college education worth it?

The question being asked is “Is a college education worth it?” A recent story by the Associated Press reported that 1 in 2 new college graduates is jobless or underemployed. As a senior preparing to graduate this month, it’s an understatement to say this is concerning. Did I just waste four years and an exorbitant …
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College Graduation For Hispanics

Education leaders gathered in Miami to issue a “call for action” for the country to make changes in the education system that will help more Hispanics get into college and graduate. Although recent reports show that more …
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