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    Recruiting Fallacies That Can Squash Your Dreams

    Recruiting Fallacies That Can Squash Your Dreams

    Recruiting fallacies are out there ever present ready to snag another unsuspecting family.

    I often speak to large groups of athletes and parents. Afterwards, many parents will come up to me to tell me what they are doing. They hope that I will validate that what they are doing is correct, when in fact it may be flat wrong. If I suggest they might be wrong, rather than searching out the right path they withdraw from the discussion to continue down the same beaten path. Their outcome becomes quite predictable. But that doesn't have to be you.
     

    Fallacy- an error in reasoning that renders an argument logically invalid.

    When it comes to being a recruited athlete and playing college sports, there are eight common fallacies derailing well-intentioned athletes and parents. Here we begin our end-of-summer special series on athletic recruiting and the fallacies that can squash college sports dreams. We begin with-

    1. Exposure to dozens of college coaches will get you recruited.  Invalid!

    What every mom and dad must know is that planned evaluations by known coaches will get you recruited, not random exposure to coaches who don't know of your child in advance. Exposure is out, evaluations are in. Why?

    Exposure often leads to interest of assistant coaches from colleges outside of your interest in them, thereby yielding to little value. Whereas, evaluations come from coaches who specifically evaluate known-players of interest, delivering great value. It might seem like semantics, but it represents a big difference in results. One results in random camp invitations while the other one results in real recruiting interest.

    Reference page 37-  The Inside Secrets to Playing College Sports


    CollegeLogic helps families understand college opportunity for getting college right, this might include the dream of your child to play college sports. We help this dream come true. Our athletes play college sports!

    Getting college right might also include saving thousands on college costs. Our parents save thousands, you can too. All you have to do is read our new book-

      Dissecting the Big Business of College

    Hans

    Founder CollegeLogic
    Office # 203.470.3704

    What Qualifies Colleges for being Progressive?

    What Qualifies Colleges for being Progressive?

    "If you don't know what you want from college, then how are you going to get it?"

    Everyone wants to put a bumper sticker on their car that reveals the great college their child is attending. But what makes it great- its name,  ranking, reputation? Let me share something with you. There's a lot more that goes into it besides name, ranking, and reputation. Unfortunately though, that's what most people mistakenly focus on.

    When we evaluate colleges for their progressive position in delivering education, we look primarily at 8 essential factors in determining if a college is staying up with the times. We suggest you do as well.

    1. Academic excellence and diversification of studies geared towards future opportunities
    2. Internship opportunity and co-op involvement within the local community
    3. Study-abroad programs for promoting cultural immersion and diverse perspectives
    4. Availability and access to modern technology
    5. Research projects of the school open to student engagement
    6. Sophistication of the student-population
    7. Sphere of influence of the college and its professors  
    8. Engagement opportunity of students with the academic community of the college

    When college is done and over with, besides the education and experience, the value of the college will often be evaluated and determined for its influences and resulting relationships. Therefore, it's important to meet the people who affect these things when considering colleges and planning visits.

    It's college visitation season, make it your plan to visit colleges and meet the key decision-makers. It will go a long ways in helping you make the right college choice one day.

    CollegeLogic works with families to understand college opportunity and be sure families get the college outcomes they desire. This is just one way we help you get college right. 

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    Another way is to help you be an informed buyer of a college education. You can achieve this by reading our new book here, either in eBook or hard-cover.  

          Dissecting the Big Business of College

    Hans

    Founder CollegeLogic
    Office # 203.470.3704

    College Rankings, are they a scam or legit?

    College Rankings, are they a scam or legit?

    The college president's top priority is to protect the college ranking, everything else is secondary!

    I hear every week people are wanting to evaluate colleges strictly based on the college ranking as if it's some magical indicator of a student's success. It is certainly used as a measurement of a college quality and value. But should it be?

    The answer should be found in evaluating the criteria that goes into a college ranking, such as-

    - 4 year graduation rate

    - Job placement rate

    - Avg. starting salary of graduates

    - Internship opportunity

    - Research opportunity

    - Study abroad opportunity

    - GPA of incoming freshmen

    - Range and depth of degree programs

    - Avg. student loan debt upon graduation

    - Campus investment

    I could buy into that if this was in fact the list of criteria. But no, none of these items go into a college ranking. That's right, NONE.

    In fact, the top criteria of fifteen for establishing a college ranking at 18% weight is of all things, the 6-year graduation rate, that's preposterous and it makes rankings a farce. It's no wonder the national average time it takes to graduate with a 4-year degree is 5.8 years. No accident there, rather it's by design of the college and driven by the ranking system. Colleges are masters at molding their interests into your behaviors...5.8 years worth.

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    Find out the full story behind college rankings in Ch. 4 of my book- Dissecting the Big Business of College, you can pick up your copy here, either in eBook or hard-cover. 

     Dissecting the Big Business of College

    Hans

    Founder CollegeLogic

    Office # 203.470.3704

    College Application Essay, a Big Deal?

    College Application Essay, a Big Deal?

    It's a big deal. It will either advance your application or end it altogether, seems big to me!
    Admission counselors routinely report to me that most essays they read might score 5 out of 10, not adding any value to the application. It's the season for Admissions & Applications and we lead the way.
     

    You can put your child's essay to test right here. Rate each item below on a scale of 1 - 10, then average them all together for your overall rating.

    ___ How captivating is the title?

    ___ How interesting is the storyline?

    ___ What is the quality of writing style/ readability?

    ___ How well does it reflect meaning upon the student?

    ___ How well does it project college/ life success?

    ___ How well does it flow from beginning to end?

    ___ How well does the conclusion wrap it all up?

    ___ How well does it enhance the application?

    ___ (total points) / 8 = ___ rating

    You should strive to score 8 on this quick test. If this is difficult for you, then call me and ask about our College Essay Tutorial and 19 examples of top quality essays. 

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    For learning what college's look for in their student-applicants and how to save thousands on college costs, check out our book, either in eBook or hard-cover.

     Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For athlete-families who want to play college sports, then check out our book-

    The Inside Secrets to Playing College Sports

    Hans

    Founder CollegeLogic

    Office # 203.470.3704

    College- an Obligation or Investment?

    College- an Obligation or Investment?

    When thinking of college for your child, what is it, an obligation to them or an investment in them?

    Most people quickly respond to this question with absolute certainty- It's an investment!!!

    But their actions speak otherwise. And down the beaten trail they go, preceded by millions of others, who pick the wrong colleges, wrong majors, and wrong costs.

    Why do they do this? Because they treat it as an obligation, not an investment.

    If it was an investment, the parents-

    - would get started earlier in the process

    - would be more knowledgeable of the process

    - would learn how college's do their business

    - would know how to create unique advantages

    - would understand the timeline

    - would have a college list

    - would have a defined strategy

    - would focus on getting the right outcome

    - would work from a position of strength

    - would leave weakness and guesswork to others 

    Being involved, engaged, and knowledgeable is a proactive decision. Anything otherwise leaves you in a weakened, reactive mode, and that's not the platform for getting college right.

    If you're not sure where you stand, then let's talk. My families get the college outcomes they desire, and not by treating it as an obligation.

    For learning how college's do their business and how to save thousands on college costs, check out our book, either in eBook or hard-cover. 

     Dissecting the Big Business of College

    For athlete-families who want to play college sports, then check out our book-

    The Inside Secrets to Playing College Sports

    Hans

    Founder CollegeLogic

    Office # 203.470.3704