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Investing in Your Future: The Return on College
Short of buying a house, where to attend college is the most expensive decision most students will make in their lifetime. With ballooning costs and the question of how much of student loan debt is reasonable, applicants and their families are increasingly focussed on return on investment.
This interactive Q&A will:
- Explain the nuances of ROI as well as its limitations
- Explore key findings of the Georgetown CEW report which ranked 4,500 colleges and universities by ROI
- Discuss how the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard can help families make fiscally responsible decisions
Big Picture Overview: Dos and Don'ts as You Chart Your Path to College
Experts: Heather Ayres, independent counselor; Rebecca Barr, Education First; Annabel Hughes, Boston Univ. student; Candice Mackey, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies; Sabrina Manville, Edmit; Rehan Yadav, Rutgers Univ. student
Juniors, this is your journey. Chart your path and gain an edge by learning the most important parts of the admissions process and separating fact from fiction.
How Much Do Brand Name Schools Matter?
Experts: Mark Kantrowitz, Cerebly, Inc; Robert Kelchen, formerly of Seton Hall University.
Some fields place an emphasis on prestigious schools - others do not. The same goes for graduate school applicants. Learn more about how you should evaluate this expensive decision with a focus on where you want to go after graduation.
CGN Live: Career – Ask Me Anything! An AI Guru on ChatGPT and More
Featured Expert: Dr. Mark Nitzberg, Executive Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California at Berkeley; Co-Author, _Solomon’s Code: Humanity in a World of Thinking Machines _
Host: Michelle Weise, Founder, Rise & Design; Author, _Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Even Exist Yet_
Will AI take away our jobs? How can we prepare for being assisted by robots, instead of replaced by them? AI expert Dr. Mark Nitzberg breaks it down for us, helping you gain:
- An understanding of AI and where it is headed in our lifetimes
- A context for ChatGPT and how to use it
- The “human skills” we all need to develop for the future of work
CGN Live — College Costs: Making Sense of it All
Featured Expert: Lynn O’Shaugnessy, Author of The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price
Host: Mark Salisbury, Co-founder and CEO of TuitionFit
College affordability is not something that just comes up at application time. For 11th graders and their families, it needs to be part of the college exploration process. You and your family will begin having “the money talk.” It’s a confusing and sometimes intimidating topic, but there are ways to gain clarity so your family can engage in a more informed search. In this video, we’ll dispel common myths and also help you better understand:
- What tools and resources are available to help you understand your options
- How to see beyond the sticker price and gain a better understanding of what you will pay
- How to be financially realistic but also aspirational in your college search
CGN Live: College - College Admission in the Age of AI
· Ashley Pallie, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Caltech
· Kevin Roose, Tech Columnist, New York Times
Host: Brennan Barnard: Director of College Counseling, Khan Lab School
While much of the early reaction to ChatGPT has centered on the impact of AI-driven admission essays, the topic is so much deeper than that. AI poses both benefits and disadvantages in the admissions process. We’ll dive into this fast-developing topic with an interactive Q&A focussed on helping students and their supporters understand:
- How will it change the way applications are evaluated?
- What’s to be gained and lost by relying on AI for your college essay
- How AI can assist in the college search
CGN Live: College — Straight Talk with Admission Leaders
Featured Experts: Kortni Campbell, Vice Chancellor for Admission & Financial Aid, University of North Carolina - Asheville; Jonathan Williams, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions, New York University
- How to manage the range of emotions with Early Decision results
- How to deal with well-meaning relatives asking sometimes awkward questions
- How the family of an 11th grader can work together to start their search
Wherever you are in the college process, the holidays are a busy and often emotional time. Whatever your situation, CGN has admission leaders ready to answer your questions live. Join us for an open-format Q&A, where the focus will be on you and your questions, on any aspect of the post-secondary journey.
CGN Live: Career -- How to Land a Job