Lifelong Learning By Any Means Necessary I Fletcher 2012


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Lifelong Learning By Any Means Necessary I Fletcher 2012

  1. 1. Many people realize that pursuing higher education can enhance their personal and professional lives in important ways. A college education can: • Develop thinking skills • Increase specific knowledge in a field • Increase related professional skills • Increase employability and earningsLets examine these benefits one at a time…
  2. 2. Develop Thinking SkillsThe function of theuniversity is not simply toteach bread-winning, or tofurnish teachers for thepublic schools or to be acentre of polite society; itis, above all, to be theorgan of that fineadjustment between reallife and the growingknowledge of life, anadjustment which formsthe secret of civilization.– W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk
  3. 3. Increase Specific Knowledge in a FieldOne thing is for certain,the more profoundlybaffled you have beenin your life, the moreopen your mindbecomes to new ideas.– Neil DeGrasse Tyson Death by Black Hole
  4. 4. Increase Related Professional SkillsIf a man empties hispurse into his head, noone can take it fromhim. An investment inknowledge always paysthe highest return.– Benjamin Franklin
  5. 5. Communication Skills (both writing and speaking)There are no greatlimits to growthbecause there are nolimits of humanintelligence,imagination, andwonder.– Ronald Reagan
  6. 6. Education: Earnings and EmployabilityEducation costsmoney, but then sodoes ignorance.– Sir Claus Moser
  7. 7. Consumer Protection: Education about Higher Education  Accreditation  Regional  National  Specialized  Employment
  8. 8. AccreditationRegional Accreditation is the Gold Standard in Education….Why? • Rigorous Review • Transferability • Institutional Standards Regional Accrediting Bodies (6)1. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - The Higher LearningCommission (NCA-HCL)2. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges3. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Middle States Commissionon Higher Education (MSCHE)4. Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission forCommunity and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)5. Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission forSenior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)6. New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutionsof Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  9. 9. AccreditationNational Accreditation is a Viable Vocational option….Why? • Rigorous Review • Vocational Certification (Little or No Transferability) • Industry Focus National Accrediting Bodies (52)1. Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)2. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)3. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)4. Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)5. Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  10. 10. AccreditationSpecialized Accreditation is an Adjunct to InstitutionalAccreditation….Why? • Examines Single Program • Rigorous Process • Professional Focus Specialized Accrediting BodiesAmerican Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation—for schools of dentistryAmerican Bar Association -- whose accreditation is a prerequisite to sitting for the bar exam inmost states, a notable exception being CaliforniaNational Architectural Accrediting Board -- whose accreditation is a prerequisite to sitting for thearchitectural licensing exams in most statesAssociation of American Medical Colleges -- for medical schoolsThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business -- for business schoolsAmerican Veterinary Medical Association -- for schools of veterinary medicineAccreditation Board for Engineering and Technology -- for applied science, computing, engineering,and technology programsNational Automotive Technicians Education Foundation -- for automotive repair programs
  11. 11. Finding Money for College
  12. 12. Funding Sources• Federal student aid• State student aid• Student aid from colleges• Scholarships from other sources16
  13. 13. Key Questions • What is financial aid? • Who can get it? • How much can I get? • How do I apply? • What happens next? • Where can I get more info?17
  14. 14. What is financial aid?• Money to pay for college or career school – Grants – Loans – Work-study – Scholarships18
  15. 15. Who can get federal student aid?• U.S. citizen or permanent resident• High school graduate/GED holder• Eligible degree/certificate program• Valid Social Security number• Males registered for Selective Service• Satisfactory academic progress19
  16. 16. Who can get other kinds of financial aid?• States, colleges, and private scholarships have their own eligibility criteria.• Be sure you know what you need to do to qualify.20
  17. 17. How much federal student aid can I get?In general, depends on your financial need.• Financial need determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and cost of attendance (COA)• EFC comes from what you report on FAFSA• COA is tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, etc. COA – EFC = financial need21
  18. 18. How much federal student aid can I get?Example: first-year student in 2012-13Maximum amounts allowed:• Federal Pell Grant: TBD [$5,550 in 2012-13]• Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans: $5,500 total• Federal Perkins Loan: $5,500• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: $4,000• Federal Work-Study: depends on funds available at school• Direct PLUS Loan (for parents): COA minus other aid received22
  19. 19. How much federal student aid can I get?For early estimate, use FAFSA4caster:• Go to• Enter some financial information• Get an estimate23
  20. 20. How much state, school, and scholarship money can I get?• Depends on the program: do your research! – Our state aid: Depends on the State – Ask college financial aid offices for info about aid available at their schools – Free scholarship search:
  21. 21. How do I apply for aid?• Federal student aid: fill out Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at• State aid: contact your state department of education• School aid: contact financial aid office at schools you are considering• Scholarships: visit scholarship website or call contact number for information25
  22. 22. How do I apply for federal student aid? 1. Get a PIN at • Your parent might need a PIN too • Choose your own PIN or let the site choose one for you • Don’t tell anyone your PIN!26
  23. 23. How do I apply for federal student aid? 2. (Optional) Use FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to get ready. • Get worksheet at • Find a checklist of documents you need at (“What Information Do I Need When I Fill Out the FAFSA?”). • Fill out worksheet to prepare your answers.27
  24. 24. How do I apply for federal student aid? 3. Fill out your FAFSA online at • Apply on or after Jan.1 but as early as possible to meet all deadlines. • Need help? Use “Live Help” icon or call 1-800-4-FED-AID. • Don’t forget to save or print confirmation page.28
  25. 25. How do I apply for federal student aid?4. Watch for response by e-mail, from, or by mail • Double-check your information online at (use your PIN to log on) or on the paper Student Aid Report mailed to you • Correct any mistakes and update any information as necessary29
  26. 26. How do I apply for federal student aid?5. Watch for e-mails or letters from the schools you are considering • Give the schools any additional paperwork they ask for • Meet all deadlines or you could miss out on aid!30
  27. 27. What happens next?• Each school will tell you how much aid you can get at that school.• Once you decide which school to attend, keep in touch with the financial aid office to find out when and how you will get your aid.31
  28. 28. Where can I get more info? • – Information about aid programs – Free scholarship search – Free college search • 1-800-4-FED-AID – Information about aid programs – Help with the FAFSA32
  29. 29. Education: Game ChangerEducation is...thequickest way I know,or the best way Iknow, to do what wetalk a lot about inpolitics -- and that’s"level the playingfield."– J. C. Watts
  30. 30. Lifelong Learning… Okinawan Shisa DogsHow do I deflect the obstacles that impede lifelonglearning? • Remain Positive • Have Faith That All Learning Has Value • Inspire Others To Learn; Battle Dissonance • Ask The Question; If Not Learning, Then What? • Understand That Self-Investment Benefits All